Blog is closed for the summer, I wish!

Don't you just love spring cleaning? I do. I just hate keeping old, old blogs from years and years ago. Here today. Gone tomorrow! After the fiasco with a local bike retailer, I will not be purchasing any Dahon bikes this year. It used to be that...

What I Learned About Cycling Hills

Just dropped off my possessed Dahon Curve for the rear wheel warranty replacement. Bike should be ready tomorrow... hopefully it won't be possessed anymore, at least not by defective rims. Keeping my fingers crossed anyways. On the last ride, I...

Should I take the Curve back for a refund?

I am still having problems with the Sturmey Archer 3speed hub on the Curve. On my last ride before the snow storm hit, I tried adjusting the shift cable to remove the God awful ratcheting noise when back pedaling in 3rd gear. The noise didn't go away...

Pros/Cons of Owning a Dahon Curve D3

It all starts with... Customer Service Having owned a Curve D3 for several months now has taught me many things about why the Curve may or may not suit your cycling needs. My comments are not directed to any particular retailer in general since...

EVCC Edworthy Park to Zoo ride

After the ride I went back to Bowcycle for yet another fix. For some unknown reason, the shift cable was not routed through all the cable sleeves on the frame yesterday and this lead to the cable running too close to the chain and crank. Since the...

Ready for tomorrow's ride...zzzzz sleepy

I got the bike back from Bowcycle after they re-fixed whatever was keeping the bike from folding properly, it is now folding properly. They did tighten the steering stem bearings nicely, thanks! Spent a few hours truing the new front wheel and have...

Warranty Replacement of both Curve D3 wheels

Apparently, Dahon changed the specs on the Curve D3… both wheels are being replaced under warranty. I'm getting a Dahon hub instead of the dreaded Sturmey Archer. The front rim is not a constant width all the way around and the seam on the rear wheel...

Test ride on Dahon Curve D3

It was warm and water was flowing everywhere. Tomorrow should be warm too so I will try to head out again on the bike. My back went out today and that created some issues walking but had no back pain while on the bike which was good. Did some more...

Is High Cadence Cycling For You?

Last year, all of my winter indoor cycling was done on rollers, ie. at high cadence spinning. As it turned out, my best ride of the year was done through high cadence on relatively flat terrain from Aldersyde Alberta through Blackie Alberta, over to...

Bowcycle Report on the Dahon Curve D3

I went for another 18 minute ride around the neighbourhood before taking the bike down to Bowcycle. I was now proficiently shifting the Curve, pausing the pedaling for a split second after twisting the shifter grip. Click... shifts just fine... nope...

Dahon Curve D3 1st Spring Ride

The weather finally cooperated so I went for a short  half  hour ride on the Dahon D3 and will probably do another one before the day is done. Steering is very light and this concerned me at first. By the end of the ride I was very comfortable with...

Gear Inches on Dahon Curve D3

I decided to check the gearing on the Curve D3 since I still haven't had good weather to get out of the roads. Then I noticed that the rims were not perfectly round and had flat spots (diameter wise) near the welds. The weld joints on the rims where...

Initial Impressione of the Dahon Curve D3

I just bought a Dahon Curve D3… its a very stylish bicycle! The Curve D3 is the smallest folding bicycle Dahon currently sells. One bonus of owning a folding bike is that it can be made to fit kids and adults alike. Having owned a Speed Pro V, I...

Why do I cycle?

An incident that happened this morning and it will not let me sleep until I write it down. My thoughts will keep churning until the moment that I lay them to sleep on paper or in a word processor. Sometimes, that silent voice inside us must speak...

My 1st Spring Ride of 2011

It was 9.9C yesterday and judging by the numbers of cyclists and dog walkers at the Beddington Pathways, plenty warm enough to put in some miles. Having some time constraints myself, I decided to go for a few hill climbs on a 5 km route as a way to...

Two hour endurance workout is killing me!

How do you know when your base building sessions have worked and it is time to move into a building phase? One technique is to monitor cardiac drift which occurs more when there is a lack of fitness. If the heart rate rises more than 5% at a constant...

Preparing For Your Best Post Ride Recovery

Understanding that it takes about a week and a half to three weeks of reduced training (known as tapering) to reach your full potential for a ride makes a big difference in how you exercise. Some people say that if you just ride, ride, ride, that you...

Indoor Cycling Session Motivator

The worst thing about indoor cycling exercises is that they can quickly lead to complete boredom unless you are very creative. Most of us like the change of scenery when cycling outdoors but this isn't available indoors. The best thing about indoor...

Heart Rate Monitors and Cycling

Now reading my second book about Heart Rates and how to use that to improve fitness. So many books about heart rates and cycling are very confusing... using 220-age B.S. that is completely unreliable and wrong much of the time. Fortunately the latest...