Aus Alt Mach NeuSometimes the fun is in giving life back to old things that are just catching dust until they may ultimately land in the recycling bin. Take this pair of refurbished Eggbeater pedals. I had an old set of 2Ti wings and a never used pair of steel spindles. They came off a pair of Eggbeaters which I tuned with titanium spindles. These parts were sitting in a drawer as spare parts for a couple of years. Preferring the old bushing style Eggbeaters over the new needle bearing design, I realized that only a few more bits were needed to create a full set of pedals. Looking for red bits, I found some springs at Probikeshop in France and end caps plus bushing kit at R2 Bike in Germany. I struggled a bit getting them back together with tight new springs, but ultimately figured out a fool-proof method. And voila, a new old set of pedals for my future cyclocross bike. Gotta say, I love the result. Great looking pair of pedals for little money. And folks, it’s a pedal and not a peddle.
Knog Blinder LED Rear Light
Now that my morning commute begins in the dark and my evening commute ends in the dark, it was time to make myself more visible. Up front one or sometimes two Magicshine lights sit on top of my handlebar. To alert drivers of my presence when they approach from behind, a small clip-on light hangs on my backpack and a second cheapo LED light usually blinks from the seatpost. This light is old, somewhat weak and nowadays requires a full wrap of electrical tape to stay together. Time then to dig a few bucks out of the wallet and invest them in a little bit of extra personal safety. I didn’t really research much, found Knog’s Binder LED rear light, liked the design, liked the USB charging feature and tossed it into Wiggle's shopping cart when I was ordering a pair of spare 35C cyclocross tires. Speaking of lights, I’m both dumbfounded as a cyclist and pissed as a driver seeing how many cyclists ride with no lights whatsoever. To make matters worse, we all seem to pull our darkest garments out of the armoire just in time for the season when drivers can’t see much to begin with. Some folks truly seek to commit suicide out on dark and foggy roads.
The week flew by without me ever getting the chance to head out riding other than pedaling to and from work. Yesterday, our drug dispenser (aka coffee machine) needed to be brought in only to be sent off for a repair. Being at the shopping center, I used the time to do groceries. Armed with my iPhone displaying a long list of groceries my wife had messaged me, I tried my best to find everything. Not an easy task if you hardly know the store and once in a while don’t have a freaking clue what you actually need to look for. I did get my workout, though. Who was the freak who invented shopping carts with four swiveling wheels? Ever tried to change the cart’s trajectory when you shoot down the aisle with your fully loaded cart? The darn cart just turns sideways to body check fellow shoppers into the 6 foot tower of on-sale toilette paper. Anyway, no shoppers were harmed by this religious anti-shopper and proud grocery-grump.
In the morning, rain drops drummed on our skylight. The morning hours seemed to say “no biking today”. Things started to look better around noon, so I left for a cyclocross ride. Some forty kilometers later, I had captured a KOM, swallowed plenty of sandy mud and skidded through dozens of leaf-covered turns.
|Distance:||43.8 km (27.2 miles)|
|Elevation:||1’121 m (3’678 feet)|
|Speed (avg/max):||19.9/61.6 kph (12.4/38.3 mph)|