Showing posts from November 23, 2014

Cycling X-USA

This video covers the first half of a cross-country bike trip from California to North Carolina. I was riding solo for this half, so my video camera was my primary source of (one-sided) conversation and diversion. Thankfully my dear pal Mel joined me in Kansas for the second half of the bike ride so I could stop talking to myself. Just can't wait to get on the road again... Read more about this adventure here: Cycling X-USA: Part 1 from California to Kansas from Kate Harris on Vimeo . Cycling X-USA: Part 2 from Kansas to North Carolina from Kate Harris on Vimeo .

Rogue C6 Intelligent Lightweight Hybrid Urban Bike @kickstarter

The reinvention of the rear bicycle wheel, no more, no less.

Three Bikes in One

During construction of my latest Pugsley, to replace the 9zero7 that I never came to enjoy, I wondered if I really needed three bicycles – actually four if you include the Dawes Ultra Galaxy touring bike lying in bits scattered across the cosmos – okay, scattered around the shed and attic. Did I really need a Surly Ogre, a Surly Krampug and a Surly Pugsley? When I sat looking at the bikes in the shed, comfortable in my wee folding chair with a fine Italian medium strength coffee in one hand and a large Kit-Kat in the other, I saw that there was very little difference between the three bikes. They were all made by Surly, the geometry of all three was very similar, they all had Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub gearing with 32T front chain rings and seating, steering and brakes were all almost identical. They were even all the same colour, green, for goodness sake! The only difference I could see that made any difference at all was the wheel sets. The Ogre had 28 mm wide Halo Freedom 29e

How to Ride in the Rain

Photo by Jamie McCaffrey Rain, whether a mist or a downpour, is a game changer. But, while it’s not top on the list for premiere riding conditions, with a few tricks up your sleeve, it’s easy to turn a ride in the rain from a soggy nightmare into a pleasure cruise. Time It Right The first thing to remember when riding in the rain is to take your time. Leave your house a few minutes earlier than usual, slow down, and ride consistently. Use Your Brain The road will be slick during those first 15 minutes of rain (remember those oils on the roadway that you learned about back in your high school driver’s ed class?), and your brakes will be less responsive. Watch out for surfaces that are usually fine in dry conditions. That includes metal plates, bridge decks, painted street surfaces and leaf piles. Mind the Corner Slow down before making a turn, and minimize breaking while you round a corner. Be Seen In order to stay safe in the rain, it’s imperative that you’re visible.

Wirdumerpoortsdwinger Leeuwarden Intersection