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Unpublished: Edie – A Year Later (Almost)

January 30, 2012

*This post was accidentally saved as a draft on May 17,2011. It’s pretty much complete and things have changed a lot since I wrote this. However, I think it’s good to have a record of these things so I’ve opted to publish it 8 months after the fact.


Nearly a year later, I thought I’d give me thoughts on my Globe Live 2, otherwise known as E.

1. I can’t handle commuting by bicycle. This isn’t about E specifically but more about me. After commuting to school and student teaching for 2+ months, I had to stop because I started noticing I had vocal fatigue. Thinking it might be connected to inhaling cold morning air etc, I halted commuting and have not picked it up since. Honestly, those 2+ months were really difficult. It took me 20 ish minutes to bike to the school I student teach at and about 30 minutes to bike back. That same trip by car is 10 minutes. I generally like to take my sweet time riding my bike and commuting put pressure on me to get there quickly, thus taking the fun out of it. I only go out on leisurely rides now.

2. My saddle was way too low. About 3 rides ago (yeah that recently), I noticed that my legs were not close to extending fully when I pedaled. M raised my seat an inch and pedaling home seemed easier. Last Sunday, we biked from my house to Kirin (one of our favorite Chinese restaurants on 25th and Geary). On the way home, I again felt like I wasn’t extending fully and he raised my seat again. I think I’ll be able to get more out of my pedaling in the future.

3. E, though very beautiful, is heavier than I anticipated. I think this is mainly due to her internal gear hub and there isn’t much I can do about it. As an experiment, M removed her front basket to find that it was not heavy at all. Really, it’s the IGH. I’m really glad I have internal gearing because I often shift gears while stopped as well as while going uphill and I don’t think I could do without those. However, I do wish that I had lower gears for climbing hills.

4. E’s handlebars make it difficult to make sharp turns. Since I don’t go very fast, it’s not usually that big of a deal but it still is an issue.

Overall, I think that a speedier bike would have been a better option for me. When M and I go for rides, I have trouble keeping up with him. When we first started biking, he would go all out and I would lag behind. After talking about it, he has decided to take a slower pace which has helped close the gap but I’m still too slow. I am making a resolution to bike more. Period. Like anything else, I need practice to get better and I did not feel motivated during the winter. Now that the weather is warming up again, I foresee taking E out more.

In the future, I’d like to do the following 3 things:

1. Acquire a vintage mixte bicycle and slowly fix it up.

2. Acquire a vintage frame and fix it up.

3. Get a frame custom made and build a bicycle.

As much as I love E, I feel like I need something sportier for when we want to take longer rides. Options 1 and 2 sound pretty good and 3 is a dream I see achieving way down the road. I’ve seen a lot of pretty vintage frames online but funds are an issue.

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