Showing posts from March, 2015

The PK7 goes on patrol

After having put well over 1,100 miles on my personal bikes last year at work, it has been pretty well proven that using a bicycle to patrol a small college campus works out just fine.

But it works better if more than one officer can take advantage of it.

That's where my $20 PK7 (see it as-purchased here) comes in.

One of our other officers said if I brought in a bike, he'd use it. So this one came to work last week, and so far, so good.

I don't yet have proper lights or a cyclocomputer on it, but those will be forthcoming.  The first order of business was to get it rideable. That took a little doing:

The front derailleur was shot. Wouldn't work at all. And couldn't be made to work. So I decided to remove it ... but in order to do that, I had to literally break the damned thing off. But at least the problem is solved.I didn't feel it necessary for the bike to have stiff, knobby tires when the vast majority of our riding is on pavement. So I put my decent used B…

Three speeds are better than one

As much as I likelovemy new Electra Cruiser 1, it's not immune to a little modification.

And I have enjoyed a few mods, a couple of which came straight out of the Electra catalog - a bell and the chrome "stubby" fenders - and one that didn't.

The one that didn't, though, is probably my favorite of my recent mods. It is the addition of two gears, accomplished by swapping the original wheelset for new Weinmann AS7X wheels that include a 3-speed Shimano internal-gear hub. As computer folks would say, it was a "plug-and-play" swap; the only difficulty was in routing the shift cable up the frame to the right handlebar, but that wasn't a big deal. Zip ties every few inches hold the cable in place.

The performance of the bike is greatly improved. The low first gear makes for easy starts on hills and in the grass (if you do have to go "off-roading"). Second gear is the same as the bike's original single gear, and is good for 9-10 mph. Third (…