Background When we bought our cargo bike in 2020 we checked and adjusted the brakes. The disc brake pads had plenty of life so we never replaced them initially. Since then we rode the bike in fair weather regularly but not frequently. It was our grocery getter before Toothless was born and our baby hauler … Continue reading PSA: Check your brakes!
After installing the car seat in our cargo bike, I realized that our panniers would not be large enough to carry groceries if we needed to grab groceries with the baby on board. We have some panniers but we always end up carrying items on top of our rack or in a backpack when riding … Continue reading Bike Gear: Cheap Panniers
I finally got around to installing the new tires on our bike. I bought Schwalbe tires and tubes and as previously posted they arrived pretty much next day. They have been sitting in our hallway until I could install them today while Natasha was at work. I bought Marathon Plus HS 440 tires and matching … Continue reading Box Bike – Maintenance: New Tires
Surprisingly, we started getting parts within days of ordering them. The tires came from the US within two days. The lock within three days. Now we are waiting for the rest from MEC. Maybe I can install some tires this weekend... But oh gosh do these tires actually have tread! The ones on the bike … Continue reading Box Bike: And the parts start to arrive..
Since we are expecting a child in October, and the COVID19 pandemic has really impacted public transit, we decided to go ahead and buy a cargo bike. We have been looking for a while and built a big spreadsheet of different models and costs, but in the end it is all about opportunity. There aren't … Continue reading Box Bike!
I test rode the "women's" version (mixte) of the Cityglide. This bike has a partial chaincase, fenders and rim brakes. This bike does not come with a rack. I did not like how this bike handled and it was not comfortable for me - I felt quite stretched out like the handlebars were too far … Continue reading Finding my Bike: Norco Cityglide 8 Review
I test rode the step-through version of the KHS Green. This bike has a partial chaincase, fenders, colour-matched rack and rim brakes. This was the cheapest of the bikes that I was considering and it definitely felt like it. Just everything about this bike felt slightly... cheap and like ti might fall apart at any … Continue reading Finding my Bike: KHS Green 3 Review
This was the first bike I test rode. I was looking to get a feel for how an upright riding style felt and if I could survive with only three gears. This bike has a partial chaincase, fenders, rack and rim brakes. I wasn't expecting to like it very much, but much to my surprise, … Continue reading Finding my Bike: Linus Dutchi 3 Review
When I first started commuting on my bike, I rode a cheap hardtail mountain bike from a big box store. I switched out the knobby tires for smooth road tires and added fenders and a bike rack. It wasn't the lightest or prettiest thing, but it got the job done. After riding for a few … Continue reading Finding my Bike: Wants & Needs