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I just installed my new Arkel TailRider trunk bag, and I'm thrilled. Also a bit annoyed: I put a fair bit of effort into getting my Ortlieb handlebar bag mounted such that the loaded bag rode perfectly flat when mounted. I hate to undo that good work, even though I'm stoked to install the new bag and have room for my DSLR again.
 

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Completed the installation of the Arkel large handlebar bag. I never thought I'd say so, but Ortlieb's offering is easier to install...but only if you RTFM first.

On the happy side, the Arkel's mounts are all metal, down to the spacers. Installation was fidgety and really benefited from the addition of a 3rd hand. Thanks, Mrs. Newleaf! Now that it's installed, it feels rock solid.

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Here's the DSLR in the second largest handlebar bag Ortlieb makes. The large version comes in black only, and I'm over that look for the moment. It's hard to tell, but it's crammed in there quite tightly.

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That's still the Ortlieb DSLR insert, but the Arkel bag swallows it without trying. Plenty of extra room around the sides, as it should be.

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Ready to road test.

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Some of the online reviews had me doubting the capacity of the TailRider. Never mind that! It's got plenty of capacity and I dig the layout and organization.

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Combined with my not-pictured Arkel GT-54 panniers out back and a set of Ortliebs up front, these bags have me ready to rock some distance. I'm excited about it, too.

All the stranger that I'd go and do what I just did under the circumstances. More on that to come.
 

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Having logged a bit over 100mi in my first 6 days owning the Ice Cream Truck, this morning was time to wash the trail dust off her. Also, the front tire is still flat, so riding was out for the moment :confused:. While I have the skills and materials needed to easily patch the offending tube, this dude called i12 has convinced me to investigate other options.

After cleaning and re-lubing, I installed the new cadence and speed sensors, then the new water bottle cages.
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Still digging the purple. Never thought I'd say that, but I am.

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Speed sensor installed. Thanks to the wheel's proportions, installation was a snap despite the obstacles.

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Cadence sensor at present. I am aware that the sensor is supposed to go behind the crank arm, but these cranks feature a deep channel in back, presumably for weight savings. I hope to come up with a better setup soon. For now, it works.
 

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I've run into this issue on a few bikes - the channel. I've had great luck with:

A) Cutting a popsicle stick into a couple of pieces the width (or I guess length) of the sensor and putting them in the channel under the sensor to fill the space, then attaching the sensor. Marking anything that is remotely visible on the ends with a marker makes them invisible.

B) Cutting the foam (not gel foam) from the surface of an old mousepad to the size of the channel to take up the space, you can even carefully angle the edges of the padding to match the slope of the channel.

C) The best I found was a rubbery padding that I had squirreled away for this sort of thing. I can't say exactly where you would find it in a store, but it is a thin, rubbery padding used for padding in shipping boxes for heavy things, like the edges of treadmills and friges and such. It's black or dark dark grey and has an adhesive on one side, it's fairly thin but firm. A couple of layers of that worked really good because it could be compressed a bit and the bottom of the sensor gripped it well so that when the o-ring bands or zip ties were attached to the sensor around the crank arm it held it perfectly secure, real secure because of the padding as well as the sensor touching the outer part of the channel/crankarm edges.

Cadence sensor at present. I am aware that the sensor is supposed to go behind the crank arm, but these cranks feature a deep channel in back, presumably for weight savings. I hope to come up with a better setup soon. For now, it works.
 

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I've run into this issue on a few bikes - the channel. I've had great luck with:

A) Cutting a popsicle stick into a couple of pieces the width (or I guess length) of the sensor and putting them in the channel under the sensor to fill the space, then attaching the sensor. Marking anything that is remotely visible on the ends with a marker makes them invisible.

B) Cutting the foam (not gel foam) from the surface of an old mousepad to the size of the channel to take up the space, you can even carefully angle the edges of the padding to match the slope of the channel.

C) The best I found was a rubbery padding that I had squirreled away for this sort of thing. I can't say exactly where you would find it in a store, but it is a thin, rubbery padding used for padding in shipping boxes for heavy things, like the edges of treadmills and friges and such. It's black or dark dark grey and has an adhesive on one side, it's fairly thin but firm. A couple of layers of that worked really good because it could be compressed a bit and the bottom of the sensor gripped it well so that when the o-ring bands or zip ties were attached to the sensor around the crank arm it held it perfectly secure, real secure because of the padding as well as the sensor touching the outer part of the channel/crankarm edges.
Thank you for the suggestions! I look forward to getting the sensor properly placed. It's total amateur hour where it is.
 

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All I did was call the semi-LBS, then strap the Ice Cream Truck on the back of the car and run it in. They are converting it to tubeless. Right now. Thanks, i12! I had not planned to move this fast, but the flat and the fact that I plan to bring that bike on an upcoming road trip forced my hand.

The price also couldn't be beat: as I just bought the bike from them, the shop is doing the conversion for $50+tax. Not per wheel, as I've see advertised in other places. $50 for both, and because I mentioned that I'm facing a time crunch, they are expediting the work. I hope to get my bike back this evening!

I'm sorry this shop is positioned where it is relative to me. It's very inconvenient to reach, but every time I've made the effort, they have proven ready and willing to go above and beyond. Here's to you, Yawp! Cyclery. It's rare for me to buy a new bicycle, but next time I get the hankering for a new steed, I know where to start.
 

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I also weighed the Truck before taking it in. Per our bathroom scale and some math, the bike weighs 35.5lbs. Dead on Surly's published numbers given the bits I've added. I will repeat the procedure after getting it back and see where we are then.
 

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I also weighed the Truck before taking it in. Per our bathroom scale and some math, the bike weighs 35.5lbs. Dead on Surly's published numbers given the bits I've added. I will repeat the procedure after getting it back and see where we are then.
Okay, I'm officially confused: if my technique was correct, it appears that my bike lost a total of 0.5lbs in going tubeless. That does not compute.

This was not a high-tech operation: I used a bathroom scale to weigh myself, then grabbed the bike and did it again. A bit of subtraction and there you are. Except these numbers make no sense. I wrote this morning's #s down, so I know the scale shows me without the bike at the same weight as this morning. With it, the number is 35lb heavier. As opposed to 35.5lbs. I am confused. The tubes aren't light, but they're not that heavy!

Despite that, the Ice Cream Truck is now rolling tubeless.
 

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Today I installed the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV pump I bought yesterday. I understand this is a violation of Rule #30, but it's convenient and means I never have the opportunity to forget my pump. I've ridden my touring bike with the HP version of this pump for 20k mi and love it. That meant it came as a surprise to realize I really don't like the way it looks on this bike.

As much as I love my touring bike, it's never been flashy or cool except to those who know what they are looking at. It's about functionality first, looks second. I'm happy with that. This ride appears to be a whole different story. I get almost as many smiles from passers by when I ride this bike as I do when towing canine companion Chip in his trailer. I may end up biting the bullet and putting the pump back into my Camelbak.
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On a more satisfying note, I considered 'Lectric's advice above and fixed my cadence sensor, at least for now. Used a piece of a yoga mat. Not an optimal solution, but better than before.
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How many gallons of sealant to fill those giant tires?
:D How many gallons indeed?

Seriously, I should have asked. I bought the largest bottle of sealant they offered, but that was reflex. I haven't yet researched how much is needed. They advised 4-6 months until I need a refresh. I'll figure it out by then.
 

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How many gallons of sealant to fill those giant tires?
:D How many gallons indeed?

Seriously, I should have asked. I bought the largest bottle of sealant they offered, but that was reflex. I haven't yet researched how much is needed. They advised 4-6 months until I need a refresh. I'll figure it out by then.
According to the Stan's website, I need to add 8oz of sealant per tire. For any Metric enthusiasts, that's 237ml. :D
 

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Today I shook some dust from my Surly Ice Cream Truck, Robbyn. After 64mi on Missouri's Katy Trail followed by a few days of cruising in a beachfront community, she was ready for a bath. I had hoped to get out for a welcome home ride, but haven't managed to pull that together.

Sorry, no pics today.
 

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I noticed in the Katy pics, it was looking a fainter color and you were kicking that yellow gum walled tire look.
Man, the dust on the Katy was unreal. I loved my mileage there and hope to return for the full trip, but I think when I do, I'll mark a few DIY car cashes along the route. Maybe even pack a brush or two. My bike, legs, and shoes collected more trail dust over the first 20mi than I usually see riding a metric century on dirt. After that it got a little crazy :D.

Sadly, this ride also told me that my plan to bring canine companion Chip on this ride is a non-starter. No way I'm exposing him to this level of trail dust over hundreds of miles. He'd have to ditch the trailer altogether in favor of a basket or something on the front or rear rack.
 

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Today I removed the wired bike computer from my recumbent bike. Looks like the Garmin and its sensors will be sticking around. I also pulled the magnet for the Montague MTB's wired computer, which I seem to have forgotten to remove when I pulled the 'puter.
 

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Today, I took the easy way out and called my brother. His pickup truck is a much much easier way to transport the recumbent then either my car or Mrs. Newleaf's. Breakfast at a local place seemed a reasonable compensation for the lift. He enjoys the place, and I do love my steak and eggs 🥰.

In any event, the breakfast place was right next to a bike shop which isn't convenient to reach by bike, but is a dealer in Sun recumbent bikes. When I walked in, the woman behind the counter glanced at my bike and asked if it was the SX. It is. How very happy making! Then the wrench came out to take a look. He immediately identified the brake screeching problem as likely related to my specific brake pad brand, an issue he's seen before. He said he should be able to handle it. If not, he knows another brand with similar performance which should fix it for $14 per set. Done.

Then he looked at the front derailleur and deemed it both too high and mounted at the wrong angle. I think my recumbent is finally in good hands. It'll be another 7-10 days, but after 6 weeks of waiting for the other place to return it in worse condition than they received it, I feel good about this place. The only reason I haven't brought the 'bent to them before was the beguiling convenience of riding to the other place and walking home. That, and the PITA of loading the 'bent into any vehicle we own.

To be fair, the other place was great until they opened a 2nd branch. It's gone steadily downhill since. It may be a minute before I return.

The less convenient store sells and supports recumbent bikes and trikes, cargo bikes, folders, tandems, MTBs, and everything in between. They have also been in business for better than 30 years. I bought my recumbent used from a local non-profit, but it's entirely possible they were the shop who originally sold it.

I should be able to handle such simple matters on my own, and likely could if my patience weren't at such a low ebb. To paraphrase Patrick Farnsworth of Bikes or Death Podcast fame, I just want to ride my [email protected] bike. I'm lucky enough to live in an area where there are a range of LBS options, even if some are less local than others. Lazy I am, for now at least. Hopefully this time the laziness works out better than it has the past few trips to the other place.

I'm grateful to have other bikes to ride, but I miss the recumbent.
 
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