Bad Coffee Is Better Than No Coffee

“Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.”
David Lynch

My Xootr Swift Folding Bike, Huffhines Park, Richardson, Texas

I had a tough winter – my allergies, despite my best efforts, knocked me out. The worst part of it was I have not been able to ride my bike as much as I wanted to and have lost a lot of fitness. So now I’m working on the long road back.

One thing that I have found is that I especially enjoy riding my bike if I have a destination. It’s no good to always be riding to a store or a restaurant or a brewery… so sometimes I create my own destination. For the three day holiday weekend I decided to get up as early as I can (which is not always particularly early), pack up what I need, and then ride out to some spot where I can stop for coffee, breakfast, read my Kindle, and maybe write a bit. I decided to ride my Xootr Swift folding bike – it is perfect for short rides.

I didn’t plan on riding very far, maybe five miles or so around the ‘hood, the weather is already getting hot, the wind hard from the south – but otherwise it was a beautiful day.

The only problem with this plan is the amount of stuff that I have to put together for such a simple thing.

  • Thermos of coffee
  • Bottle of iced water
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Kindle
  • Notebook
  • Fountain Pen
  • Phone
  • Wallet
  • Helmet
  • Cycling Glasses with mirror
  • Reading glasses (my cycling glasses aren’t bifocals)

And it goes on and on. It took a long time to get everything ready… too long… and I forgot some things. So now, I make a checklist, make a pack with what I can put some stuff together ahead of time. The best part, though, is to plan where I’m going tomorrow morning.

Stuff on a picnic table in Huffhines Park, Richardson Texas.

 

4 responses to “Bad Coffee Is Better Than No Coffee

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    • I’ll answer this in both of your comments.

      I ordered the kit with the Swift when I ordered it from Xootr. It’s a custom clamp – with a SRAM Altus derailleur and a Gripshift 3-speed shifter.

      I was never able to get the shifter to work the way Xootr set it up – a bottom pull with the cable coming from above. The Xootr solution was to use a little pulley cable – but the angle was wrong and it had too much friction to shift. I simply routed the cable down and around the chainstay, used a piece of sheet metal to keep the cable from sawing through the stay. That works great.

      Now that Swift parts are no longer available, I don’t know what I would do. It would probably be possible to machine a clamp that would fit the very wide downtube and hold a front derailleur. I would use a top-pull derailleur and simply run the cable to it.

      I know this is confusing, I can send (and/or post) photos if you need them.

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