Type 2 Diabetic. Cyclist Flâneur.   Coffeeneur.    Errandoneur
A bike / map geek with a gadget obsession and a high-viz fetish.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Coffeeneur 2018-5 The Beehive in Southside

Nov.10, 2018. Picked up my LHT at world-famous Thick Bikes. They did a lot of work on it; a new beefy rear-wheel, replaced cables, new chainrings, new cassette, new chain, and they installed a new Surly-made plate to stabilize the kickstand. I highly recommend Thick Bikes.

The new cassette is a Shimano HG-500, and my rear big-ring (granny gear) is a 42-tooth cog. Matched with my small front chainring of 20-teeth, this gives me a low gear-inch value of 12.9 gear-inches (R/F*27). This pleases me greatly. The cassette rings are 11,13,15,18,21,24,28,32,37,42 which is an amazing array.

3.5 miles. Coffeenuring at Southside Beehive. The latte was above average. I generally really avoid the Beehive because there tends to be a persistent shithead factor in the crowd, mainly because they sell booze cheap in addition to good coffee. But on today's ride, it was the local indy coffee shop that was a natural, and I'd rather go there than Starbucks. There's something dissonant about Coffeeneuring and Starbucks. There is a bike rack around the corner. It's not a very secure place to lock your precious bike.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Coffeeneuring 2018-4 Anchor and Anvil, Coraopolis PA

Coffeeneuring 2018-4. Rode from Thorn Run Road to Anchor & Anvil in Coraopolis. 2.5 miles round trip.

Had a Cafe Au Lait. Notably, this shop also carries Orem's Donuts which are like the best ever. No bike parking but generous sidewalk space; there are bike sharrow markings the length of town. Good wifi, lots of space. Recommended.

This is a photo showing the new Trekking bars on my Surly ECR:

It was a nice day, I continued further and checked out the ramp under the Cory-Neville Island bridge that's going to connect to the Montour Trail. There is no Montour Trail at the end of the ramp, although one can certainly discern the route and poke through there.

I do not like these bollocksy bollards protecting the trail from quads and cars, I do not like them not one bit.

Today's was a nice level route and I experienced no discomfort.