Monday, 5 September 2016

Bike by the numbers

I get asked at times how much it cost me to put this bike together and I really don't think of it that way at all.  I think of it as a work in progress.  I've learned alot of the years driving this beast.  I'm going to attempt to break down the bike in it's add-ons.

  1. USB Rechargeable 550 lumin light, $100
  2. Bag and controller, bag $45, controller $45
  3. Long/Wide Ulock $150
  4. Side front fork bag $45
  5. Front motor $250
  6. Daves mudshovel $20
  7. Large tooth crank (replaced the default Norco one) $200
  8. Blinking lights $5x2 (One on each side)
  9. Rear bag $40, battery inside $500
  10. Rear rack $50
  11. After marked kick stand $25
  12. Norco bike $1000
  13. Seat $100
  14. Big claw pedals $50
Skipping the gas station while on a 60km bike ride.
So in total, I've easily spent 2600 on this bike and really, compared to many other people with bikes, I know.. I spent next to nothing.  

I use this bike as a daily commuter, getting exercise and not having to waste time in a gym.  I'm well ahead of the game.  

I save on parking, gas, insurance, car maintenance and over all peace of mind.  If I would do it all over again, I would do the exact same. No regrets!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Winter is coming... Wind Deflector for hands

I've been looking for something to block the wind from my hands that can attach to my handle bars.  I think I found something that will work for me at a motor cycle shop.  I haven't mounted them yet but this maybe the exact addition I need to my heated gloves.

I tried a pair of pogies but I couldn't stand it.  I have some black calking, so I may just plug up those holes shown.

  1. I couldn't see my gauges, break handles, etc.
  2. I couldn't release from my handle bars quickly, which in an emergency could lead to more risk than it's worth.
  3. Looks ridiculous. Normally I don't care about how I look but I had to draw the line somewhere.