Spin Viddy

adventures in biking and commuting…

Rolling Through The ‘Burbs Again

The heat radiating off the asphalt in every direction, the relentless traffic and noise.  This is it, this is suburban cycling.  Riding on the great black expanse of road, nary a tree in sight and always on the lookout for that driver who is chatting on his cell phone.  Talk about living life on edge, the urban core has nothing on the suburban cyclist.  We ride amongst the worse traffic there is, Joe Average who is just focused on getting home and planting his fat ass in front of the television.  These drivers aren’t looking out for bicycles, they are concentrating on that evenings network lineup or pay-per-view event.  When you climb on your bicycle in the suburbs you had better be focused and prepared to dodge.  Bike lanes be damned, these drivers will casually cross into the bike lane or shoulder of the road and then swerve back again like nothing happened.  Intersections become potential kill boxes for the cyclist who lets his guard down.  So come out to the suburbs and bike the mean streets with us.

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September 19, 2009 Posted by | Culture, Cycling, Single Speed, Writing, YouTube | , , , | Leave a comment

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

The crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool.  It fits anywhere.  Stash it in your pocket, seat bag, backpack or messenger bag and off you go.  It comes with just about everything a cyclist would need to fix their ride, and it looks cool. The crankbrothers m-17 comes equipped with a chain tool, spoke wrenches 1-4, hex wrenches 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8, both phillips and flat head screwdrivers, torx wrench t-25, and 8mm & 10mm open wrenches.  It also comes with a lifetime warranty to boot.  I can vouch for its usefulness because it has helped get me home more than a few times.  I’ve used it most recently to replace a broken spoke on my Lemond Fillmore but it has proven its worth more than once when I have broken a chain while mountain biking.  This is one serious multi-tool and its tough as nails.  The crankbrothers once again show us they are committed to producing top quality bicycle accessories and tools.

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

weight: 168g
length: 3.5″ / 89mm
frame: 6061-T6 aluminum
tools: 6051 high tensile steel
chain tool: 8/9/10 speed compatible
spoke wrench: #1, 2, 3, 4
hex wrenches: #2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
screwdrivers: phillips, flat
open wrench: 8mm, 10mm
torx : t-25

September 16, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Culture, Product Reviews, Single Speed, Writing | , , , | Leave a comment

The Spoke Broke: Aftermath

The Lemond suffered from a broken spoke which at first left me feeling quite distraught, like having an injured child.  I had already ridden several miles on that wheel and my biggest fear that it was going to warp.  Yesterday I went to work replacing the spoke and afterward I was quite pleased when I realized that it only took a few adjustments to true the wheel.  Now I am back in business, the Lemmy is 100% and rode like a dream today.  Thank god I am a pack rat and tend to collect old bike parts so that they can be used again in the future.

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Commuting, Culture, Outdoors, Single Speed, Writing | , , | Leave a comment