From the editor: What happened in July

The hottest July in 70 years
The hottest July in 70 years

This week I was supposed to write about me building my ultimate commuter, but as I just finished talking with the shop in Germany – they still don’t have my frame and it should arrive this week. I sure hope it does, since it’s my last holiday week next week and it would be nice to take the time to build the bike.

That hasn’t stopped me from biking though, during my holiday I have still been averaging around 500 kilometers per month. While my pace has been increasing, my heart rate has been lowering, meaning that I’m getting fitter – and I wanted to go out and try that: By driving a 65 kilometer trip and I’m glad to report, I survived it surprisingly alive. I did the trip with a 25 kilometers per hour average speed, which surprised me, but I guess that’s supposed to happen when you drive quite often.

The Tour has finished, I really did try watching it, but watching it alone is like watching golf or snooker, and you really need someone who understands the sport with you so you’ll know what’s up. It’s a heavy duty sport though, driving 3200 kilometers in three weeks (if I remember that correctly).

So what happened in July in Coming Thru? It seems like our budget series (Shimano SH-M063 SPD cycling shoes and PD-M520 clipless pedals)  gathered quite a bit of attention, which means we will do a few more of those (since it’s also better for our budget). We also wrote about the 5 best reasons for bicycle commuting and we asked for help for Karl Moritz, the comatose cyclist from Portland, Oregon.

The coolest thing with the 65 kilometer trip is, that riding 40 kilometers now feels like child’s play and you’ve got energy to spare. So, if you are normally driving a 10 kilometer route, try doing a 20 kilometer trip one day and I can guarantee that your shorter trip will feel much easier. It’s like teaching your body about it’s limits. Also, you can’t believe the difference a good lubricant can make on your bike. While ordering all the parts for my bike, I also ordered Shimano’s dry lube and anti seize paste and both seem to be brilliant compared to whatever the factory put in my bike before, it’s like a different animal now.

The long trip also was a pinnacle of things I’ve been learning and teaching myself during my first months: Proper hydration, proper cadence and gearing, bike maintenance and creating routes – and it all paid up, it was a surprisingly non-surprising journey. I have also learned bounds and bounds about bicycles and their parts, which I hope to share with you in the coming months.

However, I still can’t wait for my frame to arrive and I’ll get building. Oh, and if you have something you’d like us to write about, let us know!

We’ve had great success so far, so a big thanks goes to all of you readers and I hope we can keep you entertained in the future as well.

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By Markus Sandelin

Markus is a bike commuter gadget freak who is learning the ropes of the bike world, you can find him all around the web - but you can start with his twitter at @banton.