Every year I have at least one project bike and try out some new gear that’s been on my mind. My main focus for 2011 will be to upgrade and improve my existing rides. Here is what I am thinking of for 2011:
- I’m going to put some energy into learning to unicycle. Paul lent me a couple unis to try out. I haven’t got to the point where I’m for sure going to take this up, but I should know by the end of 2010. If I do I’ll score a uni for myself.
- Sharon has realized that although her cruiser/city bike is nice to look at she needs a more efficient ride if she is to cover a lot of kms riding to work and for errands. So I’m going to build her a Surly Cross Check [in Robin's Egg Blue] using the main parts from her cruiser. The more aggressive riding position and option to go with drops should be useful while still ending up with a nice looking ride. Assuming she loves it I’m thinking of adding a dynohub wheel and headlight in the fall of 2011 for her birthday as her commutes to work start getting darker.
- We’ll save Sharon’s city bike frame and any parts we don’t swap over to build up a SS Burning Man bike for 2012 when we head to the playa again.
- My trusty Surly LHT is going to get a dynohub and dyno headlight for 24/7 light action. I’ve really enjoyed the dyno setup on my Bike Friday NWT and it’s time to give my LHT the same treatment. I’ll use a Shimano dynohub, but haven’t settled on a headlight yet. My LHT will also get some smooth fast rolling Grand Bois Cypres tires. I’ve been waiting until the existing Marathon XRs wear out, but that is taking forever so I’ll pull them and save them for when I need a heavier tire on a tour. If I get really into it I’d like a bigger/longer mudflap on my LHT, but that would be a luxury…the existing one is adequate.
- My Surly Big Dummy will get a dynohub [a 26" Shimano dynohub wheel I used on my Thorn Nomad] as well as a dyno headlight. Not sure about the headlight yet. I’m thinking I’ll probably get an uber nice one for the LHT and a nice, but reasonably priced one for the Dummy. I can always swap them if I need a killer light on the Dummy. I’ll probably swap the Jones Loop H-bar into the Dummy to test it out.
- My CETMA cargo bike will get a hydraulic disc brake on the front wheel to address the spongy brake action caused the long convoluted cable run. I still haven’t mounted fenders so that has to happen and I think, given the short rides I do with it, I’ll mount a less expensive SDG saddle and save the Selle Anatomica for a rig that sees bigger distances. I’m considering pulling the Rohloff hub from the CETMA and replacing it with a cheaper Nuvinci IGH. I feel like the Rohloff is kind of wasted in that bike and I’ve been interested in the Nuvinci so this would be a good opporttunity to try one out in an application where the smaller gear range and higher weight isn’t an issue.
- My Bike Friday NWT will get some full coverage Planet Bike Fenders and some fresh white bar tape. If Solidlights is still doing the XB2 light upgrade I may send my Solidlights dyno light back to the UK to get the upgrade from brighter LEDs and a focused optic.
- My Pugsley needs a saddle [I stole the Selle Anatomica for the CETMA from my Pug]. Rather than put the SA back on I’ll replace it with SDG plastic saddle unless I take it on tour where the SA would be appreciated. I’d also like to swap in some MTB riser bars from my spare parts bin for the Titec H-bars to get a better relationship between the brake levers and the shifter/grips. Right now I can’t have my hand on the grips fully while braking which is a problem in technical terrain. I have a set of Surly Larry knobby 4″ tires I will be installing on the Pugsely in 2011 to improve traction in the wet.
- My Bike Friday 8spd Tikit has a new stem riser waiting on installation. The new one piece unit replaces the previous separate stem and steering riser combo. I’ve got to replace the whole drivetrain on this bike since it hasn’t seen any love since new. It also needs a new set of Greenspeed Scorcher TRs.
- I’d like to get a tour of Vancouver Island in this spring…from Port Hardy back down to Victoria.
- I’d like to fit in more mountain biking. Kiteboarding dominates my summer weekends, but I can fit more mountain bike rides in during the week.
There is also some stuff that I’m less certain about that is bouncing around my brain. These items may not happen, but who knows?
- Getting a tandem. I’m continuing to do research and will hopefully get some test rides in over the next few months to confirm our interest in riding on the same bike. I’ve got a few possibilities on paper right now, but nothing that is so compelling I’d rule out other options.
- Alfine 11 – I’d like to try one out, but I haven’t got a solid idea of where I might use one.
- Carbon belt – I’d like to try out a carbon belt drive at some point. I’m not 100% sold on them, but without trying one it’s hard to speak about the benefits vs. a chain.
- Trying out a BQ approved 650B rando style bike. I’m curious if I’ll come to the same conclusions as Jan Heine and the only way to know is to try one. I’m not ready to spend top of the line custom $$ on one so I’d be looking at something that’s in production like the Boulder Cycles Randonneur.
- I’m contemplating riding some more brevets this year…if I do it will be just the shorter ones [100K, 200K and 300K]. I’ve got to find my love of long solo training road rides. I’ve also done all my previous brevets on a recumbent. I don’t own a bent and I don’t see one in my immediate future so I’d probably press my Surly LHT or BBC 24 into service.
- I’m considering building a bike storage area in my yard to free up garage space. It would be a concrete pad with eye bolts sunken into the pad for locking points. It would have a roof, but not be fully enclosed. I’d lock up my more sturdy bikes there [like my Surly Big Dummy] giving me more room in the garage and also making getting rolling on these bikes faster.
- I may get rid of one of my two fixed gear bikes to free up some space. I love the fixed gear experience, but one bike would meet all my needs.