Bike Notes

Back to Alex's home page.

I realized I was the only member of the family without a bicycle. So, I bought a "fitness" bike, which basically means road-bike components, flat handlebar, and a somewhat upright riding position.

I found good value from a company called Felt. I bought a Verza Speed model, size large.

It turns out buying a bicycle is like buying a house. It's just the beginning. A bike without accessories is like a house without furniture. Reserve a good chunk of your budget for after you've got the bike home. I might have gone a little overboard, but I wanted to use the bike for trips to work and to the farmers market, etc..

Here's what I got...

Safety/Security

Upgrades

Apparel

Cargo/Luggage

Tools/Maintenance

Family

The rest of the family has had bikes for longer than I have. We all have MTX rear racks. We share a couple of Topeak MTX Rear Baskets, which are useful for hauling books to school or bringing to-go food home. They pair well with Delta Megarack cargo nets. For tail-lights, half the family has the Grateful Red USB and half has the Cygolite Hotshot 150. I guess we're running a long-term A-B test.

Hacks

To keep panniers from sliding around, I made some clip-on spacers from 1/2" nylon spacers available in the parts drawer at Home Depot. I cut them at 12 o'clock and 2 o'clock so they'll snap on the MTX rack and stay in place. You could cut them with a saw, but I used a hot-knife webbing cutter.

Tue Jan 15 22:22:08 2019