From the Archive

Back on the Red Rocket

February 4th, 2012 at 11:51 am ET

I’ve been busy living my life, as you can see from the dearth of posts, but I will say this: I try to give all my bikes some ride time, and the red Dahon folding bike rotated back into position about a week ago. I’ve been riding it for about a week, and I have to say I remember why I enjoyed it so much when I first got it. It’s nimbler and easier to control than my other bikes, the gearing is excellent, and it folds up (I took it to DC on the train yesterday for the day).

I gave it a bath (in the bathtub), had a broken spoke replaced, and had the hinge tightened (my local bike shop was kind enough to tighten everything else at the same time, so it rides snappier and firmer). I also bought a cable lock for it (now I’ve got four bike lock keys on my ring) — this kind of cable isn’t suitable for long-period or risky-location locking, but for the kind of “5 minutes popping into Duane Reade on a busy street” that I’m likely to do, it’s fine.

And now that I’m used to it again, I think I may give it an extra week.

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