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Getting a flat bicycle tire seems to happen all too often. When it does happen, you don’t need to bring your bike to a shop. You can do it yourself at a fraction of the cost. Here, I show you How To Fix A Bicycle Tire Inner Tube in my video.

Option 1, patch a hole puncture on the tube with Park Tool Patch Kit, and Option 2, replace the old tube with a new tube. I use the Crank Brothers Speedier Lever tool to remove the tube from the rim and reapply the tube back onto the rim.

Plus, as a bonus, let us take a short ride on the Monterey Coastal Recreation Trail to view the California sunset.

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If you are interested in fishing, check out my video of Sea Kayak Fishing For Rockfish In Monterey also.

The following are used or appear in my video:
Park Took Patch Kit
Crank Brothers Speedier Lever
Continental 2-Pack 26 Presta Valve Inner Tubes (26×1.75-2.5)
Topeak Joe Blow Floor Pump
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
Panasonic HC-V800
GoPro Hero 8

This is a 2-for-1 video for those who like to go bicycling, including a test of the Yakima Fork Chop accessory, and my hot pick of a bike path on the Erie Canal. The Fork Chop is a simple attachment for carrying a bicycle on your Yakima car rack. If you like multi-day bike rides, then the 350-mile long Erie Canal Bikeway is for you, and I give you a sampler of the Mohawk-Hudson section near Schenectady, New York.

Also, in this video, I take a closer look at the amazing Dam & Lock system on the Mohawk River, and I try a little quick fishing.

Check out my review of the Yakima Jetstream Bike Rack Review also.

Did you know you can enjoy biking in Yosemite? Check out my video on What To Do In Yosemite In Only A Day

I do drawings on the side, as seen in the opening of this video, the bicycle intro. If you are interested in seeing my art, please visit my store.

Art & graphics by Al Lau.

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The following gear appear or are used in the video:
Yakima ForkChop Fork Mount Bike Carrier for Roof Rack
Yakima JetStream Bar, Aerodynamic Bar for Roof Rack Systems, Black, 50″
Yakima BaseLine, Adjustable Towers for Vehicles without Rails, Gutters or Factory Roof Options, (Set of 4)
Giro Isode MIPS Adult Cycling Helmet
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
Panasonic HC-V800
GoPro Hero 8

gopro hero 8 test review

Ever wonder how surfers, snowboarders or sky divers capture amazing close-up footage of their stunts? Well, they can’t carry a heavy DSLR camera while they are doing tricks. Enter the little camera, GoPro Hero 8 Black (boy, that’s a mouthful for a small device), that packs a punch. It is so small that it can be attached to a helmet or a chest harness.

In my video, I try out the cam while riding a bicycle, attaching it to the handlebars and then a selfie stick. I test out its features and HD video quality. The image stabilization is simply amazing, considering how much shaking is going on while I am cycling. Check out my video review!

Please note: I feature wildlife shots, such as birds, in the video which were not taken with the GoPro but rather with my Panasonic camcorder, which has a strong zoom lens.

I hope to do more gear review videos in the future. Let me know if you think I did a good job :)

What would you use the GoPro cam for?

The following gear I used in this video:
GoPro Hero8 Black
Smatree Selfie Telescoping Stick with Tripod
Smatree GoPro Base Adapter
Maxcam Tempered Glass Screen Protector
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
Panasonic HC-V800

Are you planning to visit Yosemite National Park? I have been there several times, thanks to my Dad. And I share what to do in the beautiful park, even if you only have one day to spare. In this video, I bike around Yosemite Village and in the scenic majestic valley, giving you a sampler of what Yosemite has to offer. Enjoy!

Do you like to do outdoor activities like biking, kayaking or skiing? Well, roof top car racks make it easier to carry your gear to your favorite destinations. Personally, I need a way to transport my canoe, so I decide to get the latest aerodynamic crossbars, the Jetstream bars by Yakima. The product is a bit complicated to install and is rather pricey, but it is worth it if you do a lot of stuff outdoors.

Check out my experience and review of the Yakima Jetstream in my video :) What kind of gear would you like to bring with you on your road trip?

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The following gear I used in this video:
Yakima Jetstream Aerodynamic Bar for Roof Rack, Black, 50″
Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Mounted Canoe Rack
Yakima Baseline, adjustable Towers (4 Pack)
Yakima BaseClip Attachment Mount for Baseline Towers
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
Panasonic HC-V800
GoPro Hero 6

smallest fish in cape cod

Do you like the beach and lighthouses? Well, have you ever been to Cape Cod or thinking about going there? Here, I do a mini travel guide and show you a sampler, recommending 5 Fun Things To Do in the Cape, featuring the following; Visiting a lighthouse, biking on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, paddling on the Bass River, walking in the bay at low tide and touring the Truro Vineyard/Distillery. Plus, I catch the smallest saltwater fish I ever saw. What kind of fish is it?

Check out my short video which is a supplement to last week’s Shark posting. (No dangerous sharks included here.) Please let me know what you think. Enjoy!

illustration: single speed

October 21, 2017

singlespeed

In cities, a single speed is the preferred type of bicycle by commuters due to its lightness and simplicity. It is so bare bones that it doesn’t even have brakes or cables. There are no derailleurs. Basically, that means you’re feet are the drive train, the gears AND the break. So get ready to pedal hard when you have to climb that steep hill because you can’t downshift to a low gear ratio. And then, how do you go down the other side of the hill? Very carefully, I would say.

The print of my drawing is available at my store. Feel free to check it out :)

drawing: bmx boy

September 23, 2017

bmx_boy_by_al_lau

A simple drawing of a kid cycling, enjoying the outdoors. The weather is nice this weekend. Get out and enjoy it :)

Happy Autumn everbody!

sketch: bicycle shop

February 26, 2016

bicycle_shop_by_al_lau_B

bicycle_shop_by_al_lau_A

I had the awesome opportunity to do a set of pen & ink type drawings for the redesigned website of a local bike shop, called the Brooklyn Bicycle Company. My little sketches appear on the homepage, navigational buttons and other landing pages. Their website has a nice clean look with professional photos of their unique products. If you are looking for a classic style bicycle or a simple urban design, I recommend checking out Brooklyn Bicycle Company. Just order the bike model that fits your needs and accessorize it. They will send it to a bicycle shop near you and assemble for no additional fee.

Hey. Spring is less than a month away. Are you ready for cycling on you’re favorite trails?

illustration: vw beetle

August 1, 2014

vw_beetle_and_bike_by_al_lau

The Volkswagen Beetle has come a long way from being a concept of Hitler’s in the 1930’s. Originally called the Volkswagen Type 1, it was born from the need of a cheap and simplistic car design, yet powerful enough to travel on the Autobahn.

From out of the darkness of WWII, however, the Bug is adopted as a symbol of Peace. And now, a fun way to get to your favorite activity destination. Am I starting to sound like a car commercial?

My drawing is based on the new Beetle that was re-introduced to the world in 1998 (including a cool mountain bike).

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