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About Christopher

I moved to Albany a few months ago without a car so it was either spend sixty bucks on the bus every month or ride my bike. You can guess what I choose.

Keen Dreams

Hey Everyone. Long time no see. I just went through an ordeal with my bike shoes which was so extraordinary that I thought I might post it here as to inspire more people to patronize an amazing company. Here is the post I wrote up o Keen’s Facebook wall:

After my Keen Springwater shoes broke I was a little bummend. I had been commuting on them for the last year and a half so that was to be expected. I thought that they were out of warranty, but when I called up the costumer support line, for which an actual person answered which took me a back a little, they said it was on a shoe by shoe basis. So I filled out my warranty form and not 10 minutes later did I get an email back with a coupon code for the price of my shoes. Imagine that in this day and age a company would take someone at their word and not have to go through the time and expense of shipping a product back for inspection. I was honestly floored by the trust Keen shows in its costumers.

That’s not the end of it. I go online to order my new shoes when I see that Keen does not have my size in stock. The “Request your size” option was also displaying some sizes that they already had in stock as well. So I decided to call up Keen to see if they could check for me. After being on hold for about a minute another women picked up the phone and informed me that not only had they just come out with the Springwater II but that it was 20 dollars less expensive than its predecessor. I wouldn’t be surprised if I was the first one to buy the new shoes.

Honestly Keen, you have made a customer for life. The service and the timing could not have been more perfect. Thank you very much for all that you have done for me today. I know I’ll love my Springwater II’s just as much as my old Keens; that and the new wallet. Thanks again.
- Chris Belsole

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Removing Rust with SCIENCE!

I recently fixed up a steel bike for someone special. The pedals needed grease, the bars needed adjustment and tightening, and it was rusted as heck. Pedals and bars are easy; tighten this or apply lube to that. The rust was another problem. At ABR we have these steel wire brushes that we use. These were okay for getting the grimy rust off, but they never got the surface rust, and you can forget about getting the nice chrome or steel look back.

So I did some research and I came across this video on youtube which seemed like magic.

For all you science minded people, since the rust (iron oxide) is less dense than the aluminum and the steel is more dense than the aluminum the aluminum takes off the rust without damaging the steel.

So get a cup of water and a rag, dip some aluminum foil in it, and rub away. It is like magic.

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Revolights

You know you reached to top of the blogosphere when people send you articles that they think would be interesting. This one comes from a faithful reader. Introducing the Revolight.

These little lights are pretty cool. Not only do the project lights in the right directions, but they save battery by not lighting up the whole wheel. In the past we’ve talked about spoke lights, but I have yet to find one that I like.

They are not in production yet. Here is a link to their kickstarter page. If nothing else it is something to watch out for. I would even go so far as to say that this could be the way of the future for commuter bikes.

By the way, I would like to thank our new columnist Daniel Patterson. I can see good things down the road coming from this one.

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Kansas City Here I Come

Hey guys. I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. Which do you want first?

Okay, five people said good so I’ll lead with that. I got a new job in Kansas City! Yay!

So now for the bad news. I will be leaving Albany. Boooo!

So what does that mean for the blog? I will still write articles once in a while except more infrequently than I am now. So if anyone would like to contribute to the wellness of Albany and likes to write a little contact us and we can set you up as a contributor for the website.

I have had a lot of fun writing these articles over the past year and a half. I have done my best to inform the public about the goings on here, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading what I’ve had to say. Thanks everyone for all of your comments. I’ve enjoyed reading them even if I haven’t responded to every one of them.

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Cyclo-Bot

Bicycling Robots! We need this for the coalition! Where is all of that new membership money? We can use them to fill out Critical Mass. *Writing a check now*

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