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Speaking of the mud flap. It is a gloomy morning, it rained last night, and is supposed to rain more today. The fenders kept me dry, as fenders do, and the mud flap kept the bottom bracket clean and dry. Sweet! Swapping out the color of the mudflap is not urgent, but I will probably grab one next time I place an order from Velo Orange.
I rode to Walmart this morning, and the bike is fantastic. It isn't that much heavier than the Breezer, and I love being back on 700c wheels. The bike feels much smoother than the Breezer, I don't know if it is an aluminum vs steel thing, but It really damped down roughness in the road.
Speaking of roughness in the road, I got my first flat since I sold my car and started using bicycles as my primary mode of transport almost three years ago. I ran over a safety pin outside one of the gorgeous houses/mansions in Park Hill. It managed to work it's way through my beautiful brown Delta Cruiser, and around the tire liner inside to puncture the tube. It was, of course, on the rear tire.
I thought I had a patch kit in my bag, but I was wrong, I had a spare tube, so I got to change it out on the sidewalk. Beautiful neighborhood for it, and it wasn't a horrible experience. It took probably 15 minutes. I was glad it wasn't the Breezer, with the full chain case, and since the Gotham has the belt drive, I barely got dirty. Yay!
So, I still feel mildly cursed in relation to this bike, I managed to snap the bolt in the seat post clamp after I put my Brooks B-67 on it, and when I got home from Pet's Paradise today I saw that one of the super-industrial zip-ties that is holding the folding baskets on had pulled lose.
I love the bike though. If it was human I would fuck it.