Tuesday, 30 December 2014

I've Always Loved to Bike

I can remember being a child, biking to first grade.. loving the ride to school and back.. not caring to much about being at school.  I always though, it would be awesome to have a small motor to help me along.  So, just the other day I realized that I achieved a life time goal.

To be honest, there are times I wish the motor wasn't there as it add's A LOT of resistance to the ride and I am carrying around an extra 125lbs! But it's worth it.  Just the other day, I went for a 45km bike ride, where I was peddling as hard and as long as I could, pushing myself into part of the town I wouldn't normally go with my bike, I could feel the inside of my coat was drenched in sweat and my hands were sore.  I pushed myself to a limit I would normally never go to, since you have to save energy to bring your tired body home too.  But that day, I saved nothing, I pushed and pushed. Felt great... and then I realized I was fairly far from home, in fact two towns away!

So, I turned on the motor, while still peddling to keep the bike moving along.. I got home, exhausted and I ended getting more out of myself then I normally would have.

Along the way home from a long ride, I saw another fat tire bike rider, riding along the side of the road, on the dirt path, I waved a nice "Hello." and in return, he gave me the finger.  Guess he saw that I put an electric motor on the bike and just assumed I converted it to an electric motor cycle or maybe he just doesn't like to be social.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Now that the holidays are nearly here for me, I plan on continuing to bike around the city instead of biking to work.  Trying to remind myself that, so that when I do start biking back to work, by legs won't be crazy sore!

So Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

P.S. I've snuck a few Christmas gifts under the tree for myself, in order to have a safer bike ride in the new year! :)

Monday, 15 December 2014

Oh ya. I'm love'n it.

My target for biking into work was until the end of October, then it changed to end of November now, it's any day that isn't expecting 10cm+ snow falls.  I can't believe that December 15th, I'm still biking into work!

When riding into work, I pass another fat bike rider.. and waved "hi" gesture to them and they waved back.. nice to see other people still riding.  However, I came across this one person who was still on a bike and it was one of those high performance bikes with super skinny tires, no studs...  How does he even move in the snow?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Goggles and Riding

The goggles ended up being a flop when it came to real weather, they froze up and became useless once the weather was -15c.  So back to looking for something else.  Guess ski goggles?

As for riding, I'm still coming in to work but not after last nights snow storm.  To much ice and shoveled road shoulders.  Picked up some white LED lights to supplement my main lamp, ones that blink, etc..  All rechargeable via USB ports.

I'm getting a lot of people asking me question about the fat bike.. more then normal.  Guess people just stopped thinking about bikes during the cold snow season. :)

Monday, 8 December 2014

New goggles, oh yeah!

So wearing the sun glasses wasn't working for me anymore.  I've moved onto pilot goggles.  Which fit nicely on my helmet.  The goggles are tight enough to stop from fogging up, once I get my ride on!

The helmet is a ski helmet with fuzzy lining inside of it, which keeps my head and ears warm.  The top slits also open and close, to either let my head breath or keep the heat in, my choice.

Friday, 5 December 2014

These paths belong to me!

I take about 50%-60% of my ride into work is dirt path, which is really nice but today was even better.  There were no other trails on this and it's was all mine! MINE!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

New rear tire!

New rear tire has been installed. Tubeless and feels really good.  My pedal torque has traction once again and ripped through the snow like I was on pavement.  Need to adjust the fender as I could totally hear the snow packing up in there, friend of mine gave me the idea of spraying it with PAM on the inside, which I totally forgot to do.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Flat! Again...

Okay, so at first glance. I thought the STANS gave up on me during the cold spell we had, going from -16c to +7c garage. But after looking at the tire, I could hear something moving around inside the tire itself. Removing the rubber from the tire, I got a nail in my tire, the stans held up so good, that the nail just sailed right into the rim and still allowed me to finish my ride before it gave up.

Stopped by the local bike shop in Hull, which sells fat bikes, and picked up a new rear tire for the bike.  This one has huge knobs on it, so it will handle the snow nicely.  I opped out from getting a studded tire, $50 vs $250

Worked on the tire for a while but I guess 26" is not same measurement everywhere.  The new tire is CRAZY tight, which will mean it will have an awesome seal once I am done.