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An indieweb blog for my bike projects, maintenance, and riding. Bikes are utilitarian dream machines that I use for a chill lifestyle of transportation and joy.

Two downed tree trunks across a narrow dirt path in a forest

February 2024 Riding Highlights

It’s been a stormy month and there are closed trails and debris everywhere. Great riding. Fenders for everyone!

A blue bike with the new waxed chain under a tree in some late afternoon light.

Misc: Routine Maintenance

New chain, brake pads, and tire sealant! E-bikes go through consumables so fast.

Looking behind Kat on the Golden Gate Bridge west sidewalk

January 2024 Riding Highlights

I feel like I rode all over the city this month! Lots of time in the park and Great Walkway as always.

A Brompton leaning against a gate beside a traffic sign that reads 'Cross Traffic Ahead'

Brompton Upgrades

Ezy Superior quick release pedals and dynamo lighting for the toodling around bike.

Looking down from beside the bike at the handlebars with inner bar ends, a phone mount, and small GP1 Evo grips. There's a large paper bag and hat in the basket.

Cockpit Revamp and New Brake Pads on Egret

Refining contact points and doing some routine disc brake maintenance.

A close-up view of a bike stem on top of many big headset spacers. There's black bar tape and a black bar with gold accents.

Dialing In the Hardtack

Getting all my bikes dialed in for the new year. I put some very short reach Tumbleweed Big Dipper bars on!

Looking face-on at Kat biking down a wide dirt path in low misty light with her dynamo light shining on two puddles in front of her.

December 2023 Riding Highlights

A bunch of dark, rainy riding, hella coyotes in the park, Lake Merced, Twin Peaks, and (as always) Golden Gate Park. Also 'tis the season to get sick for most of the month :(

A blue and gold bicycle propped up with a stick in a misty forest. The bike has a dark tanwall rear tire and a medium tanwall front tire. There are silver cranks and a silver front rack with a burgundy bag.

Kat’s Bridgestone BB-1 Part 4

It’s been a while! We did a short-lived 2x experiment, put on a thinner rear tire, switched to friction shifting, and racked up.

Kat riding down a dirt trail on Strawberry Hill with the sunset behind her highlighting a portion of the trail behind her.

2024 Riding Plans

A bunch of places, mostly new-to-me, that I’d like to bike around in 2024.

A close-up of the inner face of the non-drive side fork leg. There's a section where paint has been worn away and shows scraped-up carbon layup underneath.

Marin Nicasio Carbon Damage

There’s some damage to the carbon fork on my Marin Nicasio. Time for a custom steel fork?

A black nylon sleeve with glue residue on top of a blue bag.

Brompton Seat Sleeve Warranty

A local Brompton dealer replaced the seat sleeve and it seems to have fixed the slipping seatpost.

A blue e-bike against a metal railing in front of a beach sunset. A blue light is mounted on a black seatpost with a silver tensioning strap and red LED.

Seatpost Mounted SON DC Rear Light

New rear light with tidier wiring.

The front of a Brompton in a bike stand highlighting the handlebars with new grey Ergon grips.

Initial Brompton Setup

Started getting the Brompton dialed in so I can give it a proper try. Really liking it so far! I had to take it to a Brompton dealer for a slipping seatpost though.

A close-up of the mainframe and drivetrain of a Brompton.

New Bike Day! Brompton C Line Explore

Get a load of that brazing, folks. Reclaiming TERF Island.

My hand in a blue wool glove on a brake lever while riding. On the left is a mirror and on the right is a bell.

Misc: Bike Fit Tweaks and Goings Ons

Experimenting with some saddle and brake lever adjustments; leash training Gus again; Sarah’s new paracord brake locks; and other miscellania.

A close-up of the tubing on a RIP Rack in GSC Rainbow Chrome with rainbow sparkles glistening.

Rainbow Chrome RIP Rack (Not a Review)

My Hardtack gets its Rawland rack back and my daily driver gets a RIP Rack in GSC Rainbow Chrome.

Kat in a green hoodie riding down Bobcat trail around sunset.

November 2023 Riding Highlights

Marin Headlands at night and at sunset with Kat’s new bike! Christmas tree from Clancy’s! I guess we just go to Clancy’s every month. More Golden Gate Park trails.

A blue and gold bike in front of a side-lit oak tree.

Kat’s Bridgestone BB-1 Part 3

Much closer to this bike’s final fit! We rode into the Marin Headlands, swapped some contact points, and got the dynamo lights on.

A bicycle with a grey/turquoise frame, black and tan tires, and a mix of black and silver components. It's leaning outside on the wall of Scenic Routes Community Bicycle Center in the evening.

Loosey Brakus All-City v69

Here’s the nine-millionth iteration of my All-City Gorilla Monsoon that I’m prepping to live at the bike shop instead of my apartment. Bike camping loaner, woo!

A wheel in a truing stand with a person standing behind it with a tension meter.

Wheel True and New Derailleur Hanger

Kat trued a bit of lateral wobble out of my rear wheel and I got a spare derailleur hanger.

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