Sharing

I share the road – well, I don't. I'll keep it.read more…

Hills

"Mountains… Ahhhh…
Watakushi no kioku ga tashika naraba, mountains are those things which are white on top. Young one, you are talking about hills…"read more…

Tools and where to put them

Having a flat tire in the pouring rain in the middle of nowhere is no fun. Not finding your tools is even better…
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Idea: SON hub dynamo

All those gadgets need food...read more…

Tires

The never-ending drama.

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Pack rat on wheels

The dangers of having a cargo bay mounted on a bike...read more…

Astro 5 damper

My Strada was equipped with a Risse's Atro 5 damper at Dronten so I never gained much experience with the standard element (there was one in the demo velomobile but I don't know how old and how badly abused it might have been). My test ride was reminding me of sex in an undamped water bed (but without throwing up afterwards) so I didn't like it that much so I asked for a Risse damper and it took only a minute for Ymte to appear with one on them. Positive side effect: The regular damper wasn't wasted by swapping them later.

I've filled the Astro 5 up to nearly 8 bar and it is working quite well; if I'm riding around with an empty VM or forced into some rougher areas (like the Netherlands and their paved roads) I'm using the softer setting of the damper; if I'm carrying a bit more of a load or riding really nice roads I'm turning up the dampening. It's working well for me. The initial experiment at 9 bar (with the dampening adjusted to the softest possible setting) was not that successful as I lost traction in Belgium (on roads that were littered with bio-drempels, to be fair).

Recommended.

[20121029] Addition: I started hating suspension when I got my first trike (a 2009 German Panzerbike fx with rear suspension) which tended to behave like a tired horse whenever I had to put some power into the drive train and I've spent more than 4000 km now waiting for something like that to happen. But even on a 10% incline I never had the feeling of kicking into a pot of honey which I already got by carelessly trying to get away from the snails at a green traffic light. So it seems that not all suspension is created equal. It also seems to be mor important how much dampening I addd to the suspension than what pressure I select so I really have to recommend the Astro 5 over the less expensive Genesis model.

GPS Navigation and Carbon Fibers

… don't mix well. But at least there is a solution.read more…

Arrived

Somehow I had to get the Strada home… Taking the train was out.

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I don't fit...

… into a Quest.read more…