I’ve been riding with Mango to pick up our mail at the mailbox down the street lately, and the old Kona with its butterfly/trekking handlebars and rear rack is well-suited for the task. I’m able to put letters into the panniers, and if we receive a package too big to fit into the bags, I can rest it on the handlebars easily.
Additionally, Mango is a breeze to ride one-handed, with the right trigger shifters and rear brake lever easily accessed. Mango is not a beauty-queen like Sophie, but this ugly duckling gets the job done. What a wonderful bike!
We woke up early to catch the sunrise, but heavy cloud-cover prevented us from seeing it rise above Lake Somerville. However, when it finally appeared a bit higher in the sky, it was beautiful!
My friend Také and I went for a short bike ride around the camp area on the hike and bike trails and saw a bunch of deer, rode through numerous spiderwebs, and worked up a good appetite for breakfast later on. I let him ride Mango, which is has front suspension, trigger-shifters, and a more upright riding position, while I rode Rossa which has no suspension, has a more aggressive position, and friction shifters.
It was so much fun, but I blew it and forgot to bring the GoPro for the ride! 😒 Man, I suck! Also, Rossa had a flat front tire when we got back to camp. Double-bummer.
こんにちは。How’s it going? Today’s photo is a screen-grab from the GoPro video footage I took on today’s bicycle ride. The trail behind our house is a bit overgrown, but the trail is clear for walking and bicycling. It’s a lot of fun to ride, even though it’s very short.
If you have time, please check out the annotated video I made:
This evening Sophie’s chain broke just outside our house. We were just starting our ride when I heard a loud “ping” and then heard the chain slide to the pavement. 😲 I bet I didn’t secure the link I used to remove the chain earlier perfectly. It seemed pretty good though…
I went back into the garage and exchanged Sophie for Mango and headed out for my evening bicycle ride. Mango is such a great, comfortable bike now. The rear light is the only part that needs replacing. It has an annoying tendency to switch off when I go over a large bump or curb. Not good!
Anyways, please enjoy the video if you’d like to “ride along” with Mango and I!