[Glenn sent us these photos and write-up about his Mercier Mini Velo. —ed.]
I recently added a 2011 Mercier Nano Mini Velo to my stable of bicycles. I own two other 20″ Dahon folders and really enjoy the utility and ride of a smaller wheeled bicycle. When I saw the Nano on Bikes Direct website for $299, I had to take the gamble.
I knew I would immediately change out some parts to make it work for me… “nearing 50 and over 200lbs.” What I didn’t want to do was to turn a $299 bike into a $1000 +bike, like other mini velos.
So, here is the list so far:
- Mercier Nano – $299 shipped
- Schwalb Marathon Racer tires, tubes, rim tape – $75
- Kalloy Stem – $15
- Nitto Albatross Bar – Free….Thank You …EcoVelo… photo contest.
- Oury Grips – $15
- Brake Levers – $15
- Gel Seat “Selle Royal” – $25
- Delta Axel Rods – $12
- Water Bottle and Cage – $8
- Total: $464……priceless to me
The Nano is super fun, especially for city riding. It is an agile little bike and you soon forget it is not full sized. The parts are fairly low end, but fully functional and utilitarian. I use this bike for short runs and unencumbered rides with just a u-lock in my back pocket. My new summer bike has a smooth ride, upright casual position, and the feel of steel. The Nano makes me smile and most everybody else who sees me on it (think circus bear…).
Name: Kristin MH
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Started bike commuting: 2003
Commute distance (one way): Varies; up to 14km
Describe your commute: I run a small client-based business and use my bicycle year-round to visit clients in midtown, downtown, and east Toronto. Some weeks I put in as much as 150km on the bike. It’s fun, eco-friendly, and it keeps me fit.
Describe your bike and accessories: Old beat-up Fuji Monterey, MEC Pannier/Daypack (perfect for carrying my MEC reflective vest and Europe Bound wet weather suit).
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Experiment with different routes until you find the one that works best: the quickest route in your car might not be the quickest on your bicycle. Get a waterproof jacket – it’ll save your life! And have fun!
[Visit our Bicycle Commuter Profiles page to add your profile to the collection. —ed.]
Australia’s Ride On magazine has a nice article on the kinds of financial savings that are made possible by replacing a car with a bicycle.
Ride On →
[via London Cyclist]
Photo © ROAM
ROAM (Roll Over America) is a not-for-profit, coast-to-coast velomobile tour designed to bring attention to these highly efficient human powered vehicles. 47 velomobile pilots from Europe and North America departed Portland yesterday on their 3,100 mile journey to Washington D.C. The trip will take approximately one month and will highlight the potential of velomobiles as practical transportation in the widest variety of conditions.
You can read about the participants, follow their progress, and view their route on the ROAM website. Be sure to ride out to say “hi” if they’re coming through your area!
Photos at BikePortland →
Breezer Uptown Infinity
Moulton TSR 2
Keep an eye out for upcoming reviews on the Breezer Uptown Infinity, Spot Acme, and Moulton TSR 2.
Breezer Uptown Infinity →
Spot Acme →
Moulton TSR 2 →
Bob Mionske, author of Bicycling and the Law, recently published part 3 of 3 of his series on how to handle bike-car collisions. No bicyclist wants to think they’ll be involved in a collision with a motorist, but this is good information to know.