Tikit Commute

31 12 2008

Originally posted to my Tikit blog May 2008.

Riding the light transit with the Tikit

Riding the light transit with the Tikit

I’m working at home quite a lot these days, but I do need to visit our office outside of town occasionally. Yesterday I had a meeting in the next town over and was then headed for our office located on a rural property outside of Calgary. I grabbed the Tikit on my way out the door and rode 2kms to the train station – folded my bike and traveled 25kms by train to the southern edge of Calgary. With my new Blackberry I was able to deal with a few emails on the train which was nice. Once at the last station I unfolded the Tikit and rode the 25kms to Okotoks where I had a meeting. After the meeting I threw the folded Tikit in a colleague’s car and went for lunch on the way back to our office. At the end of the day she gave me a lift to the train which I took back into downtown. Jumping on the Tikit I rode to meet a friend for coffee/dinner and an evening bike ride before finally heading home. I’ve had the Tikit long enough that I’m taking it a bit for granted, but when I think about it I’m quite amazed how versatile this bike is and how it just seems to fit into my life so well.

A few things I observed today:

  • The Greenspeed Scorchers are amazing on rough pavement and even rumble strips. Riding this same route with my road bike or recumbent involves some tooth rattling moments. Given my Tikit has really small wheels I was amazed that riding across the rumble strips was almost a non-event. I didn’t feel the usual buzz from rough pavement at all. I pumped the rear Scorcher up to ~55psi and the front to ~50psi which seemed to work well.
  • My time for the 25km high way ride was 55mins for an average speed of ~27kph. My average speed along the same route [over many trips] on my Cannondale road bike was ~30kph so that is not bad at all. There was no wind on my ride and I suspect the upright position I am in on my Tikit would suffer quite badly against a headwind. Although I could fit drops to the Tikit if I wanted.
  • I’ve largely given up on bike shorts and bike specific clothing for a lot of my riding. Wearing synthetic performance fabrics I was able to ride reasonably far & hard while arriving cool and dry at my meeting.
  • I was happy that the 8 speed gearing on my Tikit was more than adequate for this route which entails a decent amount of climbing.

Rob English’s Speeding Tikit

30 12 2008
Bike Friday

Photo: Bike Friday

Click here to read more about Rob English’s 18lbs race ready Tikit. I have to say he’s got me thinking about the possibility of putting together a High Speed Tikit of my own. It would be quite funny to see the faces on other road cyclists as I bomb past them at light speed on my “little bike”….=-)

Given my Seasons Tikit frame is a bit small for me with flat bars some drops might be just the Tikit!

Nikki & Anna’s SE Asia Adventure

29 12 2008
A touring cyclist's best friend - food!

A touring cyclist

Nikki & Anna finished their SE Asian bike tour and keept a nice journal on crazyguyonabike. India and SE Asia are definitely on my radar for places to tour inthe not too distant future.  Until I get there I’ll just have to live vicariously through other people’s journals…=-)

Mike Curiak’s Moots Snow Bike

28 12 2008
A custome Moots snow bike with custom trailer

A custom Moots snow bike with custom trailer

Wow…found this photo on the Fatbike Alaska Blog. It makes my Big Dummy look puny – yikes!

This is one of Mike Curiak’s snow bikes.  He has a website with a chronology of the evolution of his snow bikes. This bike/trailer dates from a design he was testing in 2007. Mike’s trips/races look quite ridiculously amazing.

Liberate your mind…

28 12 2008

Great track by a bike powered band – the Ginger Ninjas!

Tzuo made it home!

27 12 2008

Tzuo riding his trusty LHT nearly at home

Tzuo riding his trusty LHT nearly at home

After a little over 230 days since setting out from the West Coast of the US Tzuo Hann made it home to Malaysia. His crazyguyonabike tour journal is equal parts entertainment and inspiration. Starting with zero touring experience, a new Surly LHT and a modest budget he pedaled his way across the US, Europe and Asia on a long journey home. Congrats Tzuo!…nicely done…=-)

Wildfire Designs

27 12 2008

Wildfire FatBike

Wildfire FatBike

Since the Surly Pugsley is distributed by QBP and is priced relatively low it may seem like the only fat tire snow bike option, but there are other players in this game.  One of them is Wildfire Designs who sell their FatBikes.  These FatBikes are handmade by DeSalvo Custom Cycles in Ashland, OR and can be had as production frames or full custom rigs. They can be steel or Ti.  Wildfire’s bikes use a 100mm fork and so will take a normal front hub.