Da chain, Boss! Da chain!

Worn chains are trouble. When I laid the chain out on the floor and stretched it, then compressed it while keeping the chain in a straight line, there was considerable movement in the length of the chain. Not a good sign. Normally you should get...

I wish summer were here

Last night's chain removal and cleaning revealed a stretched chain from all the winter cycling. Time to head down to Ridley's and get a new chain. I also need to reduce the chain length because there is no chain tension when on the smallest gears....

The reality of winter in Calgary...

The reality of winter cycling in Calgary has finally set in. Today was another day when the pathways were not cleared of snow for another week. With all the hype about Calgary being a “cycling mecca” the reality is that whatever version of reality...

Cold weather is coming

Weather forecast is for very cold weather this weekend going down to -20C something for a few days. Tomorrow I may have time to tighten the steering stem on my Dahon again. It was a bit sloppy on my last ride but now the snow on the ground is...

Snow~Snow~Snow! Nice snow... fluffy snow...

The last few days have been pretty good with lots of powdery snow on the pathways. Some odd sections of the pathways are always cleared and other sections like at the Freeport Distribution Center which used to be Westfair, are still covered in about 3...

Stupid comments about cycling

On cbc.ca website someone said they couldn't see the use of bicycle insfrastructure programs for only 6 months of the year. I guess some people have no clues about cycling all year round in Calgary so their comments are of ignorance and a lack of an...

Minimalist Cycling

On the last episode of Redemption Inc., a TV show, contestants were given the task of selling artwork. During the show, one of the contestants was selling a long, narrow picture of two trees. The majority of the artwork was a blank white background,...

Yesterday's Winter Ride

Yesterday's ride started out warm enough. Just as I reached work and stopped for a coffee, the snow hit! Only one cm was supposed to fall but by the time I headed home, there were two foot drifts on the airport sidewalks (obviously not a priority...

thoughts.com crashed again?

While writing a reply to a comment, the website page couldn't be found. As a free service, the annoying crashing issue causes a lot of lost effort and time which I think is often better spent reading a book than trying to type something on here. To...

Axiom Monsoon LX panniers

A picture can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/class1dave/6799987643/in/photostream Thoughts.com crashed yet again and deleted yet again another posting so where does it go?... This better work this time. Bought a front rack for my Trek...