Archive for May, 2010

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Supporting Sustrans

Sunday May 30, 2010

As I’m keen on cycling and like my bikes, I’ve decided to support Sustrans – the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity.

Donations can be made as one-offs or as regular donations via direct debit.

Sustrans aims to:

* reduce the environmental and resource impacts of transport

* enable people to choose active travel more often

* provide car-free access to essential local services

* turn streets and public spaces into places for people to enjoy.

Take a look at their website and see what they do and perhaps take a look at how you can support their activities.

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Hot and Sunny

Sunday May 23, 2010

It’s very hot in the South East of England this weekend.  The weather has been really good but a little too hot for me!

Took the Dahon out on Friday with some suits stuffed into one of the panniers to get them dry cleaned.  The panniers and the new basket make transporting things much easier than using a back/ruck sack – upgrading the Dahon’s rear rack was a good decision.

Popped out with the camera (by car) into Aylesford on Saturday night, photos over on Flickr.

Dandylion

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M for Mmm

Friday May 14, 2010

Mmm, a BMW ‘M’ series bike.  Very nice indeed!

Price: TBA

(Via: Uncrate)

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Topeak MTX Rear Basket

Saturday May 8, 2010

The Topeak rear rack I fitted to the Dahon last weekend now gives me the option to attach my pannier bags and my Topeak rack bag to the Dahon – great for going into the shops and on errands.  The versatility the new rack gives the Dahon is well worth the money and the extra weight.

Yesterday I collected a Topeak MTX Rear Basket to add to my bike load-carrying capabilities.  At only £23 from Chain Reaction, it’s a wise purchase and something which will come in very useful.

Its MTX fixing system enables the basket to slide securely onto the MTX Rear Rack quickly and easily.  Once fitted, it can hold quite a lot of bits ‘n’ pieces without any risk of them falling out.  If you want to, you can easily remove the basket when you arrive at the supermarket and use the basket as a shopping basket as you walk around (it has a carrying handle) and then simply reattach to the bike when you leave the shop.

The photos below show the basket on the Dahon, but it can easily be slid off and attached to the Trek.

Apologies for the poor quality photos – they were taken using my mobile phone’s camera and it’s full of dust!

Topeak Basket

Topeak Basket

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London Zoo

Wednesday May 5, 2010

A day off from work and a day trip into London to visit the Zoo – Tuesday 4th May.
Photos over on Flickr.

What's Everyone Looking At?

Giraffe - Taking a Walk

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Dahon Rear Rack

Saturday May 1, 2010

Dahon D7HG - New RackHaving recently invested in some panniers and a rack bag for my ‘epic’ ride across Britain, I thought that I should really maximise the use out of them (as they weren’t cheap!).

I’ve already fitted a Topeak Super Tourist DX Rear Rack to the Trek so I knew the quality of the product, and it was back to Wiggle’s website to order a second one, this time for the Dahon D7HG.

Removal of the Dahon rack was pretty straight-forward with the use of a 4mm allen key and a Philips head screwdriver to remove the mudguard attachment.

Once removed, holding the Topeak rack in place I realised the extent of the size difference.  The Dahon rack is obviously designed for the bike, whereas the Topeak rack is designed for larger wheel bikes and therefore sits quite high off the Dahon’s wheel – the underneath of the rack is about 4.5″ from the top of the tyre.  Due to this, the rear mudguard fixings wouldn’t reach the new rack and therefore could not be secured.  As a result I had to remove the mudguard completely.  To remove the bottom allen bolt from the mudguard, I had to deflate the rear tyre to enable the allen key space to engage with the bold – a far quicker (and easier) method than having to remove the entire rear wheel to gain access.

Dahon D7HG - ClearanceFitting the rack was quick and simple.  All the necessary fixtures are included with the rack and the only tool required is a 5mm allen key.  The rack uses the same fixing points as the original Dahon rack but I did select the lower fixing points on the back of the frame (near the wheel axle) to lower the rack slightly, if only by <1″.

The only thing left to do now is buy some new bolts so that I can fit my Cateye rear light fixture onto the rack.

I think the bike looks pretty good now.  Removal of the rear mudguard has improved the appearance of the bike – but the addition of the new rack should still provide some spray protection as it has a solid base plate.  The rack provides a good grab ‘handle’ to carry the bike when folded, which I think is a slight improvement on the Dahon rack.  The only slight negative to the rack is (perhaps) a slight increase in the weight of the bike – but it’s still not too bad.

A good modification to a great bike!

Click here to view larger photos on Flickr, or click on the individual images within this post.

Dahon - Folded

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