Bicycle repair and maintenance for the regular bike rider. No frills here but the basic stuff everybody needs to know that can help you save money and have fun. So from where ever you are on this planet, read on,fix it, get on your bike and ride!
Here for your enjoyment is a new feature: The Bike Feature. I’ll be posting featured bikes every so often in order to inspire and showcase some nice rides. On with the show!
Our first subject resides in Montreal Canada and is ridden 12 months a Year in one of the most unfriendly weather you can find. Jacques found the steel lugged road frame in the garbage. It was stripped of its paint and had a crack on the top of the seat tube. Hopes and dreams of a nice project once crushed by metal fatigue now motivated Jacques to get out is welder, fix the problem and make is it his own.
Jacques found that the rusting frame of unknown origin looked kind of nice as is and decided to locate a fork that he stripped in order to match the rest of the bike. He then fabricated an industrial strength rack for the front that he also decided to leave on bare metal. I like the little hearts, makes for a nice touch. Jacques says he can carry almost anything on that rack and I believe it.
The bike runs on a Sachs internal 5 speed coaster brake hub, fenders and a pair of classic moustache handle bars. It sees service on a regular basis in all types of weather. This is one of the coolest city bikes I have ever seen.
I've noticed a lot of riders in my city riding at night with no lights or with an Ipod plugged in their ears. It's been said again and again not to do that and I agree with it since it's only logical.
Well while out on my daily evening ride only minutes ago, I got a hard reminder from life that it IS actually very unsafe. Not that I would be dumb enough to ride without lights in the dark, having my ears filled with the greatest hits from Journey and pedaling without a care in the world totally oblivious to what happens around me, but bare with me.
So I'm flying down this small street called De Gaspé with my front and back LEDs flashing and I'm approaching a major intersection at Jarry. The traffic light is green, I mean full solid green. No cars in sight on both sides waiting on the red light, I'm still flying but I stop pedaling. I'm listening for possible oncoming traffic outside of my field of vision, I hear an engine under full acceleration, my hands are going for the front brake lever and my legs are getting into position to hit the coaster brake on the rear hub. I look to my left where the sound is coming from and I see flashing blue and red lights, Montreal PD, he's coming fast, I hit the brakes.
As I started to bring the bike to a stop, we both saw each other and made eye contact. He stopped at the intersection at the same time as I did. I let him through, he nodded, I resumed my ride home.
Now all of this happened in mere seconds. What I would like to point out here is that $9 worth of little LED lights and a little situational awareness saved me from serious injury or death. In this case, the Police Officer is trained to be on the look out while on the job and even more so while going to calls in emergency mode. Think about the clueless idiots driving around with no care in the world, drunk drivers or the drivers that are openly aggressive towards cyclists. You cannot afford to ride carelessly at any time and even less at night. Be aware and stay alive.
I'm a guy with a passion for bicycles, plastic models and general homebuilt mayhem of all sorts. I wish to share my knowledge with the world and help you out in the process. I live in Canada – the best country in the world for cyclists but don’t just take it from me, book yourself some holidays to Canada and see for yourself!