Sorry no pics...no digicam. Ill try borrowing one from a friend.
Went on a 11 or so mile ride today. Overall Im pleased but a few gripes.
Pedals: The freakin baskets almost killed me! I went between a curb and some posts at the landing dock (rode to a river) and almost fell over. I freaked out cause I couldnt get my foot out. I think I normally tilt my foot off the pedal so Im going to research some clipless gear. Any suggestions for $75 or less? Ill worry about the shoes when Im at the LBS. Just not seeing much differences between the price jumps so far.
Also my left basket is no problem to get into. Right basket is kinda mushed down so it takes a while to get in. My friend rode my bike around our resting area, slipped and tore his shin open while trying to get into that basket. He needs to get a pack! I carry all our gear and he's the only one to ever use the first aid kit...about every time we ride. /rant off The baskets are also making my toes numb... I believe Im just going to pull the baskets off until I get some clipless. Maybe pick some up tomarrow if I head for the trails.
Brakes: I got the disc brake iguana (I believe there is also one without). They dont seem to have the stopping power I believe they should have. Maybe I just need new pads or need to finish braking it in and give it another shot after I take it into the LBS for the tune up.
I think the front disc is rubbing somewhere although not much. Only reason I notice it is the slight distict sound it makes. Is this common and should I worry about it? Doesnt seem to be affecting performance at all.
Grips: My palms hurt during the ride. I donno if I dont have it adjusted right or not but this didnt happen on my cheapo walmart bike. Maybe because I had bull bars so I would move my hands around a lot. Should I get new grips, gloves, or is my bike adjusted wrong for me to be putting that much weight on my hands?
Hoping to hit trails in the morning. Doesnt look like weather will permit it...never know around here though.