This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Monday, August 21, 2017

A shout out to Velo-Orange

    I've been using Velo-Orange products for a long time and have been really happy with most of them.  I like the design of their anti-theft skewers and put them on both of my Rivendell's since I use those bikes for so many things.  Just recently I discovered that they really work!   
    The skewers are a really simple design with a freely rotating nut around a bolt that requires a special hollow allen wrench tighten or remove.   Using them, I feel pretty comfortable leaving my bikes with nothing but the frame locked up or using a ring lock on the rear to prevent the snatch and grab ride off.  If a frustrated thief tries to take off with the front wheel, he gets a more frustrating surprise.
Normally the nuts for the skewer look like this.  A simple knurled nut.
    When I got back from  a couple of days at the Lake shore, I noticed my front bearings seemed a little out of whack.  When I took a good look at the hub I realized that somebody had really worked it over with a Vise Grip or pliers.  You can see how the nut is pretty severely flattened out in several places.  It probably happened when I stopped outside a grocery or a convenience store for a few moments.
A big HOORAY to Velo-Orange.  


  1. I've always wondered if those really work. Good to know.

    1. I couldn't be any happier. They are really convenient to use also, not much different than a quick release. I just keep one of the allen wrenches on my key chain all the time.
      Ride on!