Last Ride of the Halfwheeler

I bought this Giant Halfwheeler trail-a-bike 5 or 6 years for $75 off Craigslist. I had been thinking the kids have just about outgrown it. To give it one last hurrah, I hooked it up a few weekends back when Henry wanted to go riding with me on an early morning library run.

Turns out, a seat post mounted trail-a-bike, a lightish 'cross frame, and a burly 10 year old isn't the best combination in the world:

I had to slip in the longer seat post from my Raleigh Peak to make enough room for Henry:

It's a good thing the bike paths weren't busy at 6:30 in the morning, because I was wandering all over the path like I was a crazy drunken cyclist. Still, it was great to get out with my boy and see the sights of Dublin in the morning. Like the yarn vandalism on the Avery Park soccer balls:

Dublin vandals go the extra mile for handmade quality.

Dublin rebuilt the playground at Indian Run Meadows this past spring:

Molded in creatures hiding under the stonework:
When we got home, …

New Bike: Raleigh Pardner

While I was visiting China a few weeks back, I made a somewhat impulsive online purchase of a Raleigh Pardner fatbike, using their corporate discount code (in a bit of odd coincidence, the Raleigh is presumably made in China, where I was, but shipped from a Central Ohio warehouse, where I live). I had a hankering to try a steel fatbike, got tired of waiting for a used Pugsley to show up, and so decided to order the Pardner before Raleigh's rumored departure from mountain bikes.

A big, heavy box was waiting for me when I got home Saturday morning:

It went together pretty quickly, although I haven't bothered adjusting the hubs yet, if they need it. Raleigh thoughtfully included a few bags of reflectors and dork discs that will never get installed:

There's a lot of open space in my neighborhood, but not many trails. One of my ideas is I can use this bike for local bushwhacking:
For about the price of my old Bikesdirect Gravity Bullseye, I think the Raleigh is a considerably b…

Bikes of China

I had a business trip to China last month, so of course I took some bike pictures. Hordes of Flying Pigeons burdened with ridiculous loads? Not so much. Where we stayed in the city center of Guangzhou, it was mostly commuter bikes like this:

Almost every bike I saw was of a similar type: aluminum frames in one, maybe two sizes, step through frames, high bars, fenders.

This type had airless tires and belt drive. I think it was a rental:

Typical was a single speed, drum brakes front and rear, and this odd 24" wheel size. Maybe it's more maneuverable in the crowded city:

I also saw a lot of these orange and silver models:
Definitely a rental, there was a big electronic lock on the back:

These yellow Ofo bikes were all over:
Here's the 24" tire:

And the blue bluegogo model as well:

I did see a few older steel bikes;

Rod brakes:

I also saw this faux fixie model in several spots:

And another oldie with a rear wheel stand:

I think this rear rack could support a family of fo…

Sam Goes Mountain Biking

I'm hoping to raise at least one biking kid. To that end, Sam and I went "mountain biking" last weekend, to Wellington Park in Dublin. This used to be a pretty easy ride from our old house, but now we had to load the bikes up into our Pilot and drive over. I really need to find/make some more local trails... but for the time being, Wellington offers some wide, easy trails for my beginner mountain biker.

Sam was ready to go:

We came across some deer:
This is an action shot, such as it is:

Sneak peek of my other new ride:

Sam was also happy to find a playground next to the woods:

We biked for just a bit more, then Sam was ready to head home. He said he had a good time, and no one crashed, so I'm going to count this a successful trip.

Lunch Run, Rockhopper Update

Last Sunday, the boys and I biked to lunch before heading to Kate's lacrosse game. I told Henry if he could ride into town (~6 miles), we could eat Moe's, his favorite fast/casual spot.

Henry was on his trusty Trek, all bagged up:

while I was on my Rockhopper, pulling Sam on the trail-a-bike:

I'm quite pleased with my new front Wald basket and bag combo:

We stopped at a playground along the way so the boys could get their fix:

Surf's up:

Then on to lunch:

We stopped at Coffman park to work off some lunch:

and then it was on to watch Kate's team emerge victorious on the lacrosse fields. Again:

It was a hot day, so the boys built a little sun shelter:

After two hours of lacrosse, it was time to head for home. Uphill, and into the wind. The boys (at least Henry) are learning about the costs of biking.