Tried and liked – 2010

Per the annual iBOB tradition, it’s the Tried-and-Liked list for 2010.

  1. Geocaching – The engineer got me into this.  It’s all his fault.  Then he went and gave me a premium membership.  And the wife gave me a snazzy new GPS device for Christmas with a handlebar mount.  It’s like they don’t want me to stay home.
  2. Low trail geometry – I’ve had front loads on bikes before.  I’ve had relatively heavy front loads on bikes.  Case of beer, etc.  I’ve wrestled poor handling bikes home from the liquor store.  Then I put a VO Porteur rack on a Nishiki International.  72 degree head angle and 63mm fork offset.  This translates to about 40mm of geometric trail, or whatever it’s called.  Heavy loads no longer require wrestling.
  3. Park TS-8 – This replaced a borrowed Performance truing stand.  The TS-8 only does one side of the wheel at a time, but it’s accurate and build quality is top notch.
  4. Bicycle Quarterly and “The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles”.  Jan Heine has outdone himself.  Bravo!
  5. Tree Fort Bikes.  They have, more or less, replaced Jenbar as my go-to online bike parts supplier.
  6. Motorcycling.  After a 5 year absence, I’m back, baby!  Hide your teenage daughters.
  7. Toplight Line Plus dynamo taillight.  This is, by far, the best taillight I’ve ever used.  Seriously, if you don’t have a dynamo lighting system, get one.  Batteries are for suckers.
  8. Schwalbe Delta Cruisers.  I haven’t really put too many miles on these yet, but who doesn’t like creme tires?

Not a bad year.  Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

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5 Responses to Tried and liked – 2010

  1. doc says:

    +1 on the taillight. I have you to thank for turning me on to that one. Last year I got a subscription to Bicycling for a gift…ho hum. What I really wanted was the Quarterly, but its the thought that counts.
    That Nishiki looks pretty sharp. Can you mount panniers on the Porteur rack?

  2. the sloth says:

    Thanks, Doc. The porteur rack is moving to the Peugeot soon. It’s theoretically possible to mount panniers on it, but the locking hooks on my Lone Peak bags are too small for the rack’s tubing. There’s a Dia-Compe ENE mini-rack in the near future for the Nishiki!

  3. Thanks for the shout! Nice blog, I’ll definitely stick around for a while… and if you need help with anything in the future be sure to let us know!

  4. Jon grinder says:

    What motorbike are you riding , now?

  5. the sloth says:

    Gees, Jon. I’m not sure how I missed your comment SIX MONTHS AGO, but I sure did. Sorry about that. The mid-life crisis bike is a 1982 Suzuki GS850.