Dahon Speed Pro Steering Failure with Photos

My Dahon Speed Pro  is 7 years old and has around 3000+kms. It has been ridden almost exclusively on pavement, no jumping curbs, going slow on uneven pavement and frost heaves etc, no abuse at all and has been well maintained. However, even such good...

Leighton Arts Ride... Thar be hills!

  A week ago I entered the Leighton Arts Center route on mapmyride website which revealed an elevation difference of 1500 feet between high and low spots on the route plus a hill over 5 km in length. Having done about half that distance on a...

Blackie Loop Ride: Another Epic Breakthrough!

The Blackie Loop ride was a training ride to compare last year's performance with this year's performance. The purpose of the ride was to work on technique and strategy in order to maintain a high average speed during the ride which took 3 hours and...

Okotoks/Longview Ride on Saturday

This year I have decided to take a cycling holiday. No, I'm not crazy and I'm not into suffer-fests.   The challenging ride will be this Saturday when the local club repeats the Okotoks to Longview Ride which took me 5 hours last year to...

To be loudly heard, listen quietly

During several rides this year I've had the opportunity to discuss the same issue many times over. What is this issue? The issue that has caused the greatest concern last year is one where members do not feeling included in rides because they...

NW Communities

The ride started out at Bowness Park. We headed west and up along Stoney Trail to Tuscany where we enjoyed a great view of the Trans Canada Highway and Can Olympic Park. During our exploits of the pathways we came upon this strange statue of its...

How to handle fatigue

A few weeks ago, I decided to cycle along Stoney Trail to Chestermere and meet up with another group who was cycling there by a different route. The 80 km route was completed with an average of 27 kph on the Stoney Trail section. For two weeks after...

Beginner's Corner #2

What do you know about Cadence? You know, the speed at which you pedal? An interesting thing about Cadence is that it provides a way to find your most efficient speed to pedal on different grades. Low Cadence is typically used for climbing hills...

Beginner's Corner #1

  Beginner's Corner     The Beginner's Corner articles will provide up to three examples of techniques to help beginners gain fitness more quickly. Techniques can be thought of as ways to do the most with what you have to work with. These...

Coventry Loop

It was a great day to do another exploratory loop (through Coventry) to loosen up tight muscles. The ride started out ominously enough with a young negro teen who had few driving skills. The boy turned hard right into my path after passing. I could...

Springbank Sprint Comments

I received a comment to the effect that the Springbank Sprint Ride posting appeared to be laying blame for the fact I forgot to bring my helmet. So I shall put this one to rest. There was no attempt to blame anyone or even the club for not being...

Springbank Sprint

Having arrived at the EVCC ride without my helmet meant I couldn't do the EVCC ride (due to club insurance requirements). So I decided to strike out on my own and make my own route. Luckily, I had my iPhone to guide me but the imapmyride app let me...

Panorama Loop Photos

  On a short and challenging ride through Panorama, there was a Magpie sitting in the tree!     I found myself cycling down unknown pathways which lead to...     After a quick...

Calgary Herald and Mia

Calgary Herald wrote an article about Mia's helmet-less ride in Calgary saying that no helmet equates to a lack of credibility. Instead, the article pointed out a lack of Calgary Herald's lack of credibility in understanding cycling risks, thereby...

Schwinn Tango Review

Overall, I liked the value for the dollar but the performance of the bicycle was way below par due to designed limitations. Top speed is around 10 mph unless you are Lance Armstrong (BMX type gearing). The gear ratios are closely spaced, crank arms...

Change Rear Wheel…3 Options…

One of the options is to change the rear wheel with a Dahon wheel if the cost is reasonable. I might even be able to find an old Dahon to get the rear wheel off of. Dahon wheels have 3 speed hubs which boost gear ratios by 36% and they come in 20"...

Possible solution…

Changing the rear cassette & crank gear will attain my goal Using Sheldon Brown's website for gear inch calculations, changing the rear cassette to 11,12,13,15,18,22,28 tooth cogs widens the gear range to almost the maximum gear inches I am...

The Schwinn Tango Gear Project

After the fiasco with Crow Cycle where customers have to eat crow and after trying to buy a defective Dahon Curve for $650, I went to Canadian Tire. There, I was surprised to find aluminum alloy folding bikes on sale for $179.99. Since my Velcro lunch...

Spiritual truth about experience

Let's say there  was a bicycle store called Crow Cycle to illustrate a spiritual insight into life about work ethics.   Every day, a customer went to Crow Cycle to get the same new bicycle fixed. Every day, the customer ate crow and had to come...