Metal Bike Commuter

Time for Some Bicycle Parts

Posted in bike commute by metaljaybird on July 28, 2008
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Well, the weekend was a wash.  No riding whatsoever.  Sigh.

I did get in a fun quick ride last Friday afternoon.  Heading up 53 towards Denville, I spotted who I believe to be the Mayor of Denville riding south to the Critical Mass in Morristown.  Looks like he left the office straight for the ride still in his work clothes.

Lately my chain has been falling off.  Not frequently, but enough that I notice it happening at least once a week.  Unfortunately, due to my previous carelessness, I think my crankset may need an overhaul.  Also, my brakes are slipping a bit, but that should be a simple matter of replacing the brake shoes.

Even though I have a cheap 300 dollar bike, I still need to maintain the thing.  Bicycle parts are not cheap, but thankfully there is a wealth of quality resources online regarding parts.  Besides, learning how to properly maintain a cheaper bike will only serve to benefit me as I progress into mid and higher range bicycles.

My wife and I took the kids out to Philly this weekend.  I noticed a lot more bikes cruising the streets of Philly this time than when I last visited a couple of years ago.  Most of them were fixies.  Some were single-geared with coaster brake assemblies installed.  Anyway, it was a fun time in Philadelphia this weekend.