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Another commuter bike? Of course!

Hello Bike Commuters and multi-modal commuters! Yes, another commuter bike! As much as I really like my Spicer Cycles CX as a commuter bike, there are times that the bicycle rack in the train gets full and it sucks when you have to either stand up for the length of the ride and block the walkway. The solution? A folding bike!

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I posted a picture of it on the BikeCommuters.com’s Instagram and Facebook feed but in case you missed it, the bike is a Giant Expressway 2 that I bought from my favorite peer-to-peer flea market (Craigslist).

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The bike was in good condition but it needed a good cleaning and new tires. I ordered the tires from my other favorite online marketplace since my LBS did not carry them and they had to order them too.

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I really like this bike, it is aluminum so it is not as heavy and it features a 7 speed drivetrain and 100 psi tires. One thing that sort of bother me was that the bike is all black, that is good for stealth purposes but with the time change coming I ended up adding some reflective accents to the bike.

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I also added the red ESI Grips and a red bottle water holder just for looks, not bad eh? And for safety, I opted for the Portland Design Danger Zone tail light. I am hoping to ride to work on Thursday so stay tuned for my “little bike” commuting experience.

Cycling helped my marriage

Hello fellow bike riders! Yeah, it has been a long time since I’ve posted but sadly I have not had a chance to ride my bike to work lately but that should change soon.

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I know that my the title of my post sounds like a cliche but I’m my case it is actually true. I’ve posted in the past that my wife did not know how to ride a bike and that still remains true today. But she does not care because of our Bike Friday Family tandem.

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Interestingly, her love for riding is all thanks to our love of eating. Riding our tandem to different breakfast spots in the weekend is something that we both thoroughly enjoy doing and it was something that she could not relate to when I was out riding with my buddies.

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Riding our tandem to the beach is quite relaxing for both of us. We ride the San Gabriel River Trail so we don’t have to deal with traffic nor have to fight or pay for parking. Besides riding to our usual breakfast joints, we have ventured to ride to other places where I really hate to drive to.

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So how has it helped my marriage? Both my wife and I look forward to our weekend rides and the fact that she enjoys something that I’ve done for over 10 years also brings me lots of joy. We also enjoy shopping for cycling stuff together, I no longer have to justify my purchases since she is also hooked! So what I am trying to say is that my wife and I spend quality time together and all thanks to riding a bike.

The last Awnry Bike

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Last November I had the idea of fulfilling a dream of mine and having my own line of bikes so I created “Awnry Bikes” from a gag that we posted years ago. Well, I have finally sold the last Awnry bike from my first experimental batch and here is what I learned:

The market on fixed geared bikes is fierce. Companies such as State, SKU and Purefix have decent offerings at reasonable prices so the prices on my bikes had to be lower in order to compete with them.

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I was trying to market my bikes to bike commuters by offering an inexpensive method of transportation, however, most of my buyers were young people who were going to use the bikes “just to ride” and to ride with friends. Nobody was going to use the bikes as a commuter bike. So I changed a few things by offering Awnry bikes for more “hip” appeal such as adding colored handlebars, grips and chains.

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I learned that Pink was not a big seller and also the “raw” finished was not appealing to most buyers. So what kind of bikes sold? Plain bikes:

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Yup, plain bikes with no brakes, no reflective stickers and drop bars. So what is the future of Awnry Bikes? Well, it is going dormant for now, maybe when gasoline goes back to $5 per gallon commuter bikes will be appealing again and Awnry Bikes will be re-born.

A new friend

Hello Bike Commuters! So it turns out that one of the guys from my local bike shop is a bike commuter AND a Vlogger! Here is a video of him giving sound advise about bike commuting:

Check out his YouTube channel at KOM Bike Talk Shop

Insulated water bottles, are they worth it?

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My wife dragged my ass to a big box store and as I always do, I hit up the bicycle section to see what kind of crap they sell. Well, this time an insulated water bottle caught my attention and for about 8 bucks I said why not. So then it occurred to me to do this extremely unscientific test to see if the bottle actually works:

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I grabbed 20 ice cubes (chips?) from my fridge and placed 10 in the insulated bottle and 10 on a non-insulated bottle, I then proceeded to fill both bottles with water and placed them outside in 80 degree heat.

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It took 40 minutes for the ice to melt in the non-insulated bottle, I also checked the insulated bottle and it still had plenty of ice left.

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The ice lasted 18 minutes longer in the insulated bottle and it kept the water cool another 20 minutes, not bad! There is one drawback though; if you notice, the insulated bottle is significantly bigger than the non-insulated bottle yet they both hold the same amount of water.