Per the annual iBOB tradition, it’s the Tried-and-Liked list for 2010.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bicycle Quarterly and “The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles”. Jan Heine has outdone himself. Bravo!
- Tree Fort Bikes. They have, more or less, replaced Jenbar as my go-to online bike parts supplier.
- Motorcycling. After a 5 year absence, I’m back, baby! Hide your teenage daughters.
- 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.
- 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.