With my brand new Trek Soho DLX in the shop I had to resort to a different mode of transportation: commute by XC Ski. Actually I’ve been pining to try this mode of transportation since we started this blog back in October. I’m lucky to live close to a lightly used rail line that runs through a park and green space and runs right behind Agfa’s Waterloo office.
The only part of the ski that’s tedious are the many bare road and pathways. Stopping to take off the skis and then put them back on really adds to the commute time. It’s by far my favourite mode of transport. It’ll be the most efficient mode of transport right after a foot of snow drops.
Soho Saga Part 2 (Part 1).
William from Trek provided some good news today. William’s sending a rear cog with cutouts that’s supposed to be self cleaning. It’ll be arriving next week sometime, so I’ll be without a fix for my winter bike until after the new year. I’ll pick it up tonight and avoid riding in fresh snow.
No one bought my request for a full refund. Trek said it was the dealer’s choice, Ziggy said it’s not their policy to provide refunds. It’s a sweet ride, but I have my doubts about the belt drive. I’ll give it another try, I’ve also got another idea to make sure it lasts.
I contacted a number of folks about retro-fitting a chain case to seal the belt drive from the elements. I may still attempt this even if the cutaway rear cog works. It’ll just help the belt drive and rear cog last longer. Part 3 will happen once the cutaway cog is in action.