This July, in a fit of over enthusiasm, I signed up to do Seattle to Portland, which entails riding 205 miles in two days. Note that I haven’t done anything like this since Dalmac 2000 (which was also pre kids), and so I’ve been a bit concerned about being undertrained. To make thing things even more fun, I’ve decided to do it on my Tikit, for reasons of logistics, etc. I’ve been putting a bit of mileage on the Tikit, and I’ve found two things for sure: one is that I’m a bit slower on it than on my Tamarack, but on the plus side the Selle Anatomica saddle is more comfortable than the Brooks B17 on that bike.
Also, TBNer’s look a bit surprised when I show up to a ride with small wheels. This was June 19, and it was really hot so I wimped out and only did 74K that day.
One thing I did back in March was to finally install the fenders that were originally delivered with the bike. They work well, and don’t interfere too much with the fold. I will have to dismount them to suitcase the bike.
The other thing I soon realized was that the water bottle mount on the back of the seat tube is totally unworkable, so I decided to mount a cage on the stem. It is off to the side so that it doesn’t interfere with the fold.
I used these bottle cage clamps from Velo Orange that were serviceable, but wouldn’t necessarily work with all bottle cages since they have no holes for cage mounting bolts.
Another note: over time I noticed that the rear brake action was getting spongy, and I found out that this was because the barrel adjuster to the travel agent on the rear had broken, causing some friction. My particular setup has tri bar type road levers, and so travel agents are used on front and rear, and the way that the brake cable on the rear came in at an angle to the linear pull brake must have stressed it enough to break this part. I ended up getting a new unit, although in retrospect I could have gotten away with just a new barrel adjuster. The new unit is black, though!
Note that the rear brake cable on the Tikit must be tandem length. I discovered this on Canada Day, and so I had to cannibalize another bike to get this done for a ride later that day.
Further note to self: when I get back from Seattle, remember to put a new brake cable on the back of wife’s recumbent.
The original plan was to use this Carradice Bag mounted on the seat post so that I have the option of carrying a few things along for the ride (such as raingear?). However, I decided to leave it behind as it was taking up too much space in our luggage.
It can take up to 5 L, while being quite a bit smaller and lighter than the Carradice. I’ve already found it very handy. The roll top closure can be used to carry extra stuff, such as a baguette:
or a wet raincape.
Final touch: a proper bell.
The bar end bell that I had been using never put out enough sound to satisfy me.
Now onto more vital matters…. such as training.