Back to basics

Single speed bicycle

Early this year I was the victum of bike theft. I typically leave my bicycle in the visitors parking of my condo unit during the winter, and it was sadly stolen.

I was in the market for a new bicycle, and with the warmer weather coming up, I needed to make a decision. There were some things that I didn’t like about my previous bicycle that I was hoping to solve with a new bicycle:

  1. My bike was heavy. Though this was rare, I sometimes needed to lift my bicycle when parking/removing my bike from visitors parking because of the layout of bicycle parking.
  2. Adjusting the gears and derailler was time consuming

Except for flat tyres, the most common issues I had with my bike had to do with the derailler/gears. I’ve had the chain end up stuck behind the cogset a few times. If the derailler is not adjusted properly, it may cause gears to be skipped or the chain starts rubbing up against stuff. Not great stuff.

I wanted some more simplicity. My other options were single-speed or something called internal hub. I haven’t heard of internal hub before, but it seems allows you to have a smaller range of gears in an internal component that cuts down on maintenance. You don’t get the flexibility of 21 gears, but you can shift while stopping. Unforunately, the major downside I found is that taking off the wheel (to, for example, change the tyre) is quite a bit of work as is demonstrated by this nearly 8 minute unfluffed youtube video.

In the end I decided on a single-speed bicycle. I haven’t had much practice with it yet, but it is rather difficult/tiring in stop and go traffic. My commute to work does have quite a few stop signs/stop lights.


Hey I haven’t posted this, oops! That was written in early March of 2016.

After 5 months of almost daily riding, here are some of the cons I found of single-speed bicycles:

Ras Midas - Rain and Fire

I see rain I see fire.
I see rain I see fire
This is the time of tribulation.
The publican claims its inflation.
Iron sharpeneth iron.
The Sadducees them don’t know.
That I and I a lion.
I and I a lion.
I and I a lion.

I see the Messiah From the tribe of Judeah
Selassie I is the Trinity.
Oh, three in one
and one in three.
Is the Trinity,
the Trinity.

Said I read it in the Prophecy.
Read it children
Seven years of plenty, yeah.
Seven years of famine.
That I never see on this earth before.

Seven years of plenty, yeah.
Seven years of famine.
That I never see on this earth before.

He that is on the housetop.
Won’t have time to come down.
He that leave his tool in the fields.
Won’t have time to pick it up.
For tribulation and inflation.
Cover this land.
It’s only Jah Jah.
Can solve this pollution

I see rain I see fire.
I see rain I see fire

- “Rain and Fire” by Ras Midas [YouTube]

Forbes' Ad Blocking

I clicked on a Forbes link today with my ad blocker turned on and was greeted with a message:

“Thanks for coming to Forbes. Please turn off your ad blocker in order to continue. To thank you for doing so, we’re happy to present you with an ad-light experience.”

That sounds like something you should be offering all your users. Hovering over “ad-light” showed me this:

“Forbes Ad Light provides you a less intrusive advertising experience for 30 days.

  • No welcome ad when entering the site
  • Faster load time for ads
  • No auto-play videos
  • No video ad overlay

Please enjoy this experience as we work to finalize its various components.”

Great! So wen my 30 days are up I can go back to their ad-heavy version and get:

No thank you!

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