Awesome. Are there clips that strap to an existing shoe or do I have to go with a full on shoe? One of the disadvantages I have is a stupid shoe size (6.5 EEEE).
How was the level of effort to pedal different from the bike you had prevously?
I think it's around the same, but I haven't ridden it enough to really compare. It hits different muscles differently though.
I just installed these last night: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Extremely heavy duty pedals. I'd expect these to last a good long while without any issues, though I swear the pair weighs almost as much as the rest of the bike!
I also installed a new saddle. The wifey took a shining to it and it appears to fit her perfectly, so it's becoming her commuter for the short term while I get fixing her other bike's bottom bracket. I ended up replacing the salvaged thin "road bike" style saddle (which she thought was horribly uncomfortable) with a regular standard "Schwinn" one we took off her old bike, so the whole unit's now heavier than before. Might be a good thing though - still much lighter than her step through and we're not exactly doing centuries.
Well, they seemed like decent enough pedals. Realistically I was after something hard wearing that wasn't clip or cleat. What's wrong with these?
Well, like you said, they weigh as much as the rest of the bike. And it's rotating weight.
Dunno, I don't think it's that big of a deal. What's a better choice, in your opinion? I can always recycle them onto my commuter.
IDK, I ride clipless. But I can guarantee there are sturdy options that weigh half that available at a reasonable cost.
Pictures! I'm not a wealthy man, so I used a cell phone. Not a great one, either.
1) Can a rear rack be attached to this kind of bike? The better half has appropriated it as her commuter (which feels wrong, but she's loving it). There's a mount point near the rear dropout, but best I can figure is I'd need a type that attaches to the bolt shown in the second to last picture, which otherwise doesn't seem to do anything.
2) What is that nub in image 4? It's this random nail-like thing on the right seatstay. Doesn't seem to do anything.
That nub is a chain hanger. When you need to pull the rear wheel off, loop the chain over the nub and it keeps it up and out of the way. It's a nice touch, like a pump peg, that's rarely seen on frames anymore.
Ah, that makes sense.
Overall this is a great bike. Now I'm going to go and learn how to use that adapter kit I got to take the shifters from the frame and put them elsewhere...
The green arrow should be a threaded hole for the lower mount. The red arrow looks like it could be the upper mount,provided it's also threaded. Do to the location of the upper left hole,you'll want to make sure that the rack doesn't interfere with the brake cable.
Cheers. Blackburn style I presume?
There's many different racks,not all fit all bikes the same. I'd swing by an LBS and try at least test fitting a couple to see what works.
*Before riding this bike again learn the proper use of wheel quick releases. The last picture of the complete bicycle shows the front QR used inproperly. QR are a cam device not a thumb screw. The wheel can fall off without warning! Find an experienced rider to show you how to operate them.