With the Urban Cow Half Marathon 2016 just around this corner this coming Sunday, I had to pick up my packet at the local Fleet Feet (located in downtown Sac).  Since I had the time and thought I’d be good to the environment (and to my health), I decided I’d try riding my (in actuality the wife’s) bike downtown.

She purchased a Momentum iNeed STREET bike a few weeks ago.  One complaint she had was with the saddle (slowly learning the bike lingo) so she ordered one she thought might be more comfortable.  I helped her install it this week.

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New saddle

I currently have a Giant Roam 2 but because it is sized a little bigger, I am not as comfortable taking it into downtown since it is hard to stop and start easily.  So my wife gave me permission to test out her new seat on my trek to the running store.

After she had purchased her bike, it spurred me to look into getting some much needed accessories that I had been putting off since I didn’t do a lot of riding in the last year.  One neat thing about her bike is that it came with a bunch of already attached accessories that are helpful for urban commuting.  There is a U-lock holder attached to the seat tube.  They also designed the top tube as two smaller parallel tubes allowing you to slip your U-lock through it (see pic below)

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Built in U-lock holder

Bike security is a pretty big thing and business.  I scoured various review and bike web sites looking at the different types of locks available.  In the end I settled on some U-locks for each of our bikes.  The ones that I found came with additional cables (that can be used to help secure your front wheel).  I ended up going with the Kryptonite Series 2 Standard that came with a 4′ cable.  For D, I bought her the Abus Facilo 32 with a Cobra Cable.  I found that for U-locks, Abus is very good as is Kryptonite.  Each of the companies have varying levels of protection, which I find a little funny.  “Get this lock and it’ll mostly keep your bike safe or get this super duper expensive lock and no one will steal it.”  I guess it makes sense because it depends on where you live and will be parking your bike.  Are you in a high theft/crime area? Are you out in the suburbs with not much crime around?  Those sorts of things.  From my understanding here in Sac, bike theft is a huge issue and people will take your bike or components if they’re available.  So I ended up going with medium protection for both our bikes (also because we don’t have super expensive bikes in the thousands of dollars).

I was fairly comfortable riding with cars passing me by and such.  Since I hadn’t had much chance to lock the bike(s) to things, I was a bit nervous and had to think about the proper way to position the bike and lock it up.  The place to lock bikes in front of Fleet Feet was not your typical U shaped bike racks (like here).  This rack was low to the ground which made it tough to get the frame and bake wheel within the U-lock, but I made it work.  I had also watched videos and read up on the proper way to lock your bike to try to prevent theft.  I looked at the other various bikes parked on the street in front of store next to Fleet Feet and realized so many people just willy nilly lock their bikes.  After picking up my race bib and free bag (will post pic later), I biked over to a local sandwich place that makes some awesome sandwiches.  They also have a bunch of various snack items and beer/drinks for sale as well.

In the end I rode a total of about 10 miles (this after a 4 mile run  this morning).  The new seat (saddle) overall I would say is fairly comfortable though I did get some soreness on the big part of my rump towards the end of the ride.  The built in “shocks” of the new seat also make sounds when I went over some bumps.  Overall I’d give the Cloud-9 Comfort Ladies’ Saddle a passing grade.  We’ll see how it works out for D as it gets worn in.

On an unrelated note, hopefully my pictures will start to be better as I am due for a phone upgrade soon.  I have had the HTC One (m7) for the last 2 years and while the phone is good, the camera sucks.  There is a known defect in the camera that turns any shot that is not in nice bright sun into this hazy purple mess (hence the pictures you see on the site).  So now I’m trying to decide between the following: Iphone 7, Iphone 6s, Galaxy S7, or the yet to be released Google Pixel phone.  I know all these phones have good specs and are probably really good so it makes the decision much harder.  We shall see.

-StewsCat

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