Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Still Riding

I have still been riding the Fantom 29. Just not as much as before. I ride it a couple of times a month. I have 875.8 miles on it. The Fantom 29 still performs well.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Back in the Saddle

I can't believe that this was my first ride of 2011 on the Fantom 29. I did enjoy the ride and missed it. Too much snow and rain this year. In the winter I walk 2 miles in the morning because it is too dark and I ride my road bike on the weekends when the weather was OK. I am starting to ride during the week now since it is light enough at 6 am.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

806.4 Miles Broken CycloComputer Bracket

On December 24, 2010 When I was riding the Fantom 29 my cyclocomputer bracket broke. I had leaned my bike on the rail at the dam at Marsh Creek State Park and a good wind blew the bike over. The bracket cracked probably because it was so cold.

The bracket is integrated with the wheel sensor wire. The replacement kit is Cateye Part Number 169-9350. The cheapest I could find on the net was $16.45 including shipping. On Ebay I can get a complete Cateye Enduro 8 for $23 including shipping. So I ordered the complete kit from Ebay. That way I have a complete computer replacement, wheel magnet, battery etc for just $6.55 more.

On December 31 I received the Cateye Enduro 8. I installed the bracket & sensor wire on January 01, 2011. Now I also have a spare wheel magnet and computer.

Good instructions even in Chinese!

I used a rubber band tempoarily as a bracket.

Out with the old.

The old stuff.

The new stuff.

I used the old wire protector at the bottom near the fork.

All done.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010

I did my last ride of the year at Marsh creek State Park--- my usual 9.3 mile ride but this time in the snow. The Fantom 29 performed flawlessly.
I just noticed this huge wall on the Green trail even though I am on this trail a lot.
This Eagles Santa stands watch on Little Conestoga Road.

Changing Seasons

 I took these pictures all at the same location in Marsh Creek State Park.

Friday, December 24, 2010

800 Miles !!!!!!!! Merry Christmas

Today I rode 12.9 miles at Marsh Creek State Park. Again the Fantom 29 performed flawlessly. There were about 6 to 10 other riders in the park.

I noticed this tree decorated in the middle of a field off Chalfont Road in the park.

This last picture is on the downhill trail on the other side of the dam. These trees fell during the big storm last June.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

770 Miles: Rear Flat Tire

On Tuesday November 09 I did my normal weight lifting in my basement. I noticed that my rear tire was flat. It was OK when I rode the bike on Sunday.

This is my second rear tire flat. I last had one at 285 miles . So I rode 485 miles on this tube.

So I removed the tube and did my investigation as to the cause of the flat.

I put some air in the tube and then placed it in a bucket of water. The leak was readily identifyable with several bubbles per second of air leakage.

The leak is located at a seam which is a weak spot. I have had other tubes fail at the seams.
The tube was a CST made in china 93127111.

I am replacing the tube with a Slime Smart Tube that I had purchased previously at PricePoint. These should hold up a lot better. I now have the smart tubes on both the front and rear tires.