Converted My Bike To A Daily Errand Runner

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    Feb 15, 2015 10:06 PM GMT
    I own a Cannondale t1 touring road bike, that's been ridden down to Key West a few times in organized charity rides, in stripped form (the bike, not me).

    But I also use it as a daily errand bike around town other times of the year. Only I've been putting off the transformation since the last ride in November. But I had a few days downtime last week, due to illness, so being housebound I had little else to do but sit at this computer or watch TV.

    Changes included:
    - swapping out the clipless pedals (that require special cleated riding shoes) for pedal toe clips (cages) that allow any kind of footwear, even sandals
    - installing lightweight plastic fenders, color matched (from Germany, you'd think they were factory original) - we get sudden showers in Florida leaving rain puddles, don't want a muddy racing stripe down the back of my street clothes when I go into a store or somewhere
    - reinstalling the original factory rear rack, designed for this touring model for carrying baggage
    - putting soft panniers (saddlebags) on the rack, for carrying groceries and such
    - installing the front headlight and rear taillight
    - restoring the wheel spoke reflectors
    - cleaning up 3 of the water bottles I have for it, because on the most recent KW rides I wear my water in a Camelbak backpack, with a hose for drinking while pedaling
    - cleaning and lubing the chain (I've got a special machine for the job)
    - attaching the security cable and lock, essential for local use
    - cleaning up my city helmet, which is more suitable for daily knock-around than my very expensive ultra-light racing helmet, coming equipped with a built-in rearview mirror and a rear light

    So next week I'll start using it more regularly around town. All this stuff adds some weight, but makes it more practical as an errand runner. And keeps me on a bike for its health advantages. I wish I had the room in a small condo (and the money) for a bike stable, but I hafta make 1 bike do for many tasks.
  • LJay

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    Feb 17, 2015 3:27 AM GMT
    Sounds like a smart move. Though we laughed about them, I always thought that the adult trikes we saw when I lived in Florida mad great sense. Exercise and fuel savings, as well as being stable for older types to use for going to the store.
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    Feb 17, 2015 4:32 AM GMT
    LJay saidSounds like a smart move. Though we laughed about them, I always thought that the adult trikes we saw when I lived in Florida made great sense. Exercise and fuel savings, as well as being stable for older types to use for going to the store.

    Well, mine's not quite an adult trike. Maybe someday I'll be at that point. And then I'll consider one.

    This bike was ridden from Miami to Key West a number of times. But now I've made it into a local errand bike. I doubt I'll change it back into a bike capable of doing 100 miles in a single day once again. I have to accept that's past me. icon_sad.gif