Thursday, 27 November 2014

Okay, I'm back.

Step 1, mask.
Step 2, Glass's
So I noticed a lot of that crazy ice had melted away, so I'm back to riding and after just two days of not riding, it really effected my mood.  It's so strange.

The ride is a little longer as I'm going a bit slower but it's still nice.

Still want to get studded tires and I need to inspect my break pads.  Here's where I wish I had a working garage to work on my bike in some warmth. Instead, I have to hit my LBS every time I need anything done.

Step 3, Helmet

Thursday, 20 November 2014

I'm done for now.

So after a few days of driving in this cold weather I'm done.  It's not the weather but the frozen ground with smaller tire ruts in it, is causing me to flop all over the place.  When there is snow, there is no issue at all!

Last night, it took me over 2hr to bike home.  Which is crazy!  I need to let the paths melt and then resnow again before attempting to bike anymore.  

Also, drivers have totally forgotten that bikes exist! In all my time biking, in the last few days have I've had to avoid being 10 times.  

I'm now going to look into getting studded tires just for the ice. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

-15C and still biking

The FAT tires at slightly lower tire pressure (20psi) are going over the snow perfectly.  My ride in this morning, I took the shoulder off the main road (most cars were at a standstill, so it made it that much better!) but when I finally got onto the bike path, the path was horrible.  Frozen ice skating rink with other peoples tire ruts all over the place.

Over all my ride went from 50min to 1hr long.

Face was fine even though I had to remove my face mask, it was causing my glasses to fog up to much. My legs were fine, hands were fine but my toes were frozen, mostly due to the fact that I had frostbite on my toes when I was younger.

During this kind of weather, I think it's more important now, more then ever to obey all the traffic laws.  But yet, I still see other people who are on their bikes crossing the roads on a red, making no signals they are turning, etc..

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Your a CHEAT Part 2

I would say about once every two days I will hear someone yell at me “Cheat!” I would really like to know what rules I am not playing by.   Really, biking laws are left up to the cities to decide on and how I ride my own bicycle is up to myself. I just find it fascinating.

On another topic, winter is here and I’m still biking on my Fat Bike!  Enjoying the slush, puddles and all that goes along with it, mostly due to the fact I’m the only one on the bike path!  IT’S ALL MINE!!  Still waiting for my facemask to come in, should be in any day now.

Monday, 10 November 2014

PAS : Updated

So I contacted the OEM of the controller I am using and they said they have fixed the code from 60, 70, 80 and 90% power assist to 20, 40, 60, 80%.  But they want 100$ from me to replace my existing controller.  I've passed on it as I've come very use to using the throttle to adjust and manually adjust the power as I require.

However, I've been re-thinking it and I might want to get it for the spring. Because I have to hold the handle bars all the time, my hands go a little numb at times.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Over 5000km

Looking at my odometer, I noticed this morning that I just passed 5000km on my fat bike.  I think this is 5000km that I didn't take the bus nor driven in my car.  And I'm proud of myself for getting this far but at the same time my "progress" bar isn't going down.  I have dropped two belt holes and my shirts have become loose on me, but my weight is staying the same.

Almost every morning I start with a "green smoothy" from my Blentec.  Then I bike to work, where I then down a 1 liter bottle of water and then often go for a coffee.  Might go out for something for lunch or just have a protein bar for lunch and then bike home at the end of the day, where I then drink another tall glass of water and have a meal.

I've noticed my front pads on my breaks need to be replaced now, where previously I only got the rear done.

Lessons Learned:

  • Inspect the bike daily
  • Inspect the tires weekly
  • Oil the chain monthly

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Fat Bike riding when it's cold

I have to admit, I am enjoying biking in the colder days.  On the way into work, I am coming across one or two other hard core bike riders and that's about it.  Feels like the paths are all mine!

I still need to replace the tires and the other set of break pads before it gets to cold.  One thing at a time.