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NuVinci Hub First Impression

There’s nothing like riding to work on a new bike… OK, so the B27-R is not a new bike, but with the NuVinci hub installed, it feels like a different bike. This is nothing like I ever ridden, it’s kind of hard to describe…

As I started pedaling to work, I rotated the CruiseController to a cadence that was neither hard nor easy, it was just right. As I started increasing my cadence, I also adjusted the CruiseController and I started to roll at a very comfortable speed. When I reached the stop lights, I simply moved the CruiseController to an easier setting and I started pedaling with ease, the “pedal mashing” feeling that you get when you ride single speeds or fixies was gone. Also gone is the “clack-clack” noise and the “half-pedal” revolution of a multi-gear bike.

The drawbacks? The hub is heavy and you can feel it. But since I’m not riding a Crit or an XC race, the weight is forgotten once you reach a comfortable speed. My first impression is based on my short 9.6 mile commute, I’m planning to ride with the NuVinci hub on my longer 22 mile commute that features a couple of small hills and see how it does. Come back for more updates!

Xtracycle Update

I swapped Ibex frames on my Xtracycle. Now I’m sportin’ this fancy schmancy Ibex B27 Frame. They don’t make this frame anymore so this makes my bike even cooler.

Check out how my Sweetskinz Scorch reflect ever so brightly in the night…ooooohhhh aaaahhhh
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Here’s how it used to look.
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I know you’re jealous…don’t hate the playa, hate the game!

Would you pay $12 for two coconuts?

This afternoon I rode the Xtracycle to the grocery store to get some things for lunch. One of my favorite fruits in the world is young coconut. Having lived on it as a kid in the Philippines, I still crave it as an adult.

While I was at a market that we call Stater Bater, I noticed they had some for only $1.49. Heck, why not, I’ll buy two! As I was at the check out, the coconuts was rung up with a ridiculous price of $12! I tried to tell the checker that the sign on the shelf was $1.49, but he argued back that it was $2.49 per pound. I told him never mind and that I had never in my life paid over $1.50 for one coconut.

You’re probably thinking, what do coconuts have anything to do with bike commuting…Well, um I did mention the Xtracycle…so that counts for something, right?

Xtracycle carries passengers

This weekend I took my kids to the Fullerton Railroad Days to check out the Choo Choo festivities. Since I knew we had to park far, I decided to bring out the Xtracycle as well as my little girls bike to ride from the car to the venue.

As you may have already noticed, my two older girls sat in the back with out any problems.

Once we got the event, I loaded up my daughter’s little bike in one of the Freeloaders.

I didn’t even get 10 feet out and people were already stopping me asking questions about the Xtracycle. So I took a few minutes out and explained all the benefits of this great life changing bicycle must have. I probably talked to at least 9 different people about the Xtracycle.

We eventually made it to the OCTA booth. OCTA stands for Orange County Transportation Authority. They have the best bus drivers in the world! One time I crashed and hit the street hard. The bus was right behind me and stopped with out any hesitation and waited until I was safely off the road before it went on its way. I was telling the OCTA folks how much I appreciate their drivers because when ever I bike commute, they are always aware of my presence on the street.

Any who. I love the Xtracycle! Kipchoge (Xtracycle Boss) and his staff of awesome folks have an amazing product. I love this thing so much that I don’t mind telling people about them.