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It's here! Gregg's Cycles did a nice job assembling it ... this photo doesn't do the bike justice. The bike is a shiny chocolatey brown stunner, and the wood on the front rack is even nicer in person. The Pletscher double kickstand works great here, securely bolted to the kickstand plate. I should probably cut the legs down a bit, though, it's pretty jacked up ...

The family dropped me off, and I rode it home, after adding some lights. Drew was upset that she couldn't ride it yet, but the Bobike Mini front seat mount is on order. In fact, my wife Kim tried to commandeer the bike for the ride home. Most excellent. I was hoping she'd like it too.

It took a few blocks to get used to the very responsive steering ... my bikes tend to be heavy cargo bikes with high trail (a front end geometry that makes the steering quite steady, but doesn't do well with fork mounted cargo), and this low trail bike has a whole new feel for me. It's also about half the weight of my other bikes, which brings a zippy, swoopy, nimble feel, one that I hadn't realized I was missing. 

I'll be riding it all week to work and back, and will have a kid seat on it by next week for some adventures in family cycling! Stay tuned ...

Bob Loblaw's Globlog is sponsored by Globe Bikes, who've furnished us with a Globe Live 2 Mixte in return for a series of posts on life with their bike.

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Reader Comments (3)

I am so excited to see where you take this thing!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I have the same bike and it hadn't yet entered my mind to alter the bike, but that tipping thing has bothered me a bit. It seems to undermine the steadiness I assumed the design provided. How are you going to cut the kickstand down? Please blog about your procedure and results.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtnee

You know, I'm having second thoughts about cutting it down. When parking on soft ground, the kickstand sinks in a bit, and if I cut too much, it'll be tippier when parking on grass. Some of the tipping issue has to do with a weighted rack. The centering spring can only do so much. With a loaded rack, you kind of need to prop the bike against something, it seems.

November 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

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