Apologies for the delay in announcing the winner of the Bike Friday Tikit. If you've been reading the blog in the last month, you are aware of my little set-back. Between surgery and PT and a little riding, I have had lots of time to read through all the blog comments, and really appreciate all the kind words. It has been cool to hear from some long time readers as well as pick up some new ones.
I am curious now that Google Reader is gone what folks are doing for their blog reading. I've switched over to Feedly. I'm really looking forward to their Android Widget coming soon, but so far the basic functionality I seek seems to be working well both on my phone and laptop.
BTW, in addition to taking away Reader, Google has also decided to take away the "support my blog" feature. For those who view the blog from within a browser, you may have noticed the widget off on the right that says "Buy the Fixie Pixie an Espresso". That will disappear this autumn. To all who have contributed to my espresso habit, a jittery thank you.
Hopefully, this trend won't continue to the point where Google take away blogspot! Since I've started using blogspot, I have been much better at posting about rides than on the website. I'm also slowly working toward moving many of the website articles over to the blog, and someday may retire the website entirely. I probably should spend a bit of time cleaning up the website and getting some more cross references between the blog and the website. Ah, but that takes time away from cycling, and without cycling, I have nothing to post! Catch-22!
Now at this stage, you are saying, "Hey get on with it. Who won the Tikit?"
Oh right, that's what you are here for! Well before I announce the winner, I will mention that my friend Jake, who bought my size-small geared hyperfold tikit a few years ago, has made a very generous offer for the winner. He's willing to trade for the size-large fixed-gear (non hyperfold) model that I am giving away.
It was a hard decision. I want the bike to get used lots, and as much as folks might seem to think they could use it for a brevet or a cross country tour, it just isn't a performance bike, and would soon been abandoned for those endeavors. So I looked through the comments for folks who really seemed to understand that it is a commuter bike, designed for quick-fold and compact storage or multi-modal commuting. Then I randomly selected one of those.
Jules, if you are still in the country, please contact me with your details.