I recently got my road bike tuned up and beefed up for riding around in the city. My normal bike for pedaling around San Francisco was stolen a few months ago. It was much better suited for jumping curbs and dodging potholes. So I’m down to a road bike, not so bad but it makes for one hell of a rough ride. Last night I picked up my bike from the great people at Everybody Bikes and rode it home from the Inner Sunset to the Castro. It went a little like this:
Danny MacAskill is a professional street trials rider and a man who knows more than most about power and control. His unique bike stunts have earned him international recognition and his films have been watched by over 30 million. Street Trials demands focus, skill and above all, precise control – all of which are needed for complex jumps and balancing on extremely narrow obstacles. Danny has these qualities and more which mean he makes conquering formidable urban landscapes look truly effortless. (link)
Well except I was way cooler and did it at night time… Hats off to my friend with the best curation skills in town, Lauren Kilberg, for finding that video. If you aren’t already reading her blog, do it. She finds the most amazing things from all over the real world and the Internet and shares it on the regular.
In all honesty, my bike ride went pretty good last night and thanks to my new Blackburn lights, no cars ran me over and no MUNI tracks caught my tires, flicking me and my bike into the air, landing on my neck, paralyzing me for life. Not that I was worried about all that. I also made it home faster than I would have if I’d taken the N-line MUNI.
For what it’s worth, I got the Flea 2.0 Front + Rear USB Combo lights. I chose these because of the following features:
- Price ($55 at Everybody Bikes, $40 at Amazon.com)
- Brightness (brighter than a much more expensive LED light)
- Brightness adjustment for headlight + strobe option
- Broad yet directional beam lights potholes and alerts cars
- Extremely portable (small as a matchbox)
- USB rechargeable batteries via a dongle (with magnets!)
- Easily attaches/detaches from bike via velcro straps (no stealing!)
Finally, I cannot say enough good things about the guys at Everybody Bikes. They got my bike tuned up, replaced the worn out chain and brakes (those came in handy last night) and hooked me up with the new lights all for under $100 (after my $35 off Google Offers coupon). They were nice, intelligent and actually suggested a lighting solution that was cheaper than the one I chose.
Now that I have a bike ready to take on the streets of San Francisco, I hope to start taking my cycling workouts outside of the gym. Nothing better than fresh air and a cool breeze! I’ve discovered how each neighborhood of San Francisco has its unique smell and surprisingly they are so far very pleasant smells. Though I have not ridden through the Mission, the Tenderloin or Chinatown just yet.