Category Archives: Cycling Safety

Cycliq Fly6 CE, a Garmin Varia RTL510 & a saddle bag?

Short Story: The Solution

Sometimes you spend a lot of time trying to find an answer for a item that doesn’t exist… so you MacGyver a solution… and then you find out that Topeak already has a solution. Haaa… you got me good on this one Topeak. The SPORT CAMERA MULTI-MOUNT (free shipping code: “TopeakTom”) is a versatile action camera mounting solution… and even more importantly it will allow me to run a Garmin Varia Radar, a Cycliq Fly 6 CE with a saddle bag for all my flat fixing supplies. You win!

The Topeak SPORT CAMERA MULTI-MOUNT.
Free shipping on all Topeak products this holiday season with the code = “TopeakTom”

The Long Story: My MacGyver Process

So there has to be a way to have it all… the awareness of the Varia radar, the security of rear-facing video footage captured from my Cycliq Fly CE, and all the supplies to fix a flat without weighing down my back jersey pockets. SIDE NOTE: jersey pockets should obviously be saved for Skratch chews, bars and other treats.

The brand PRO makes a saddle with some rear mounting options, but I’m a Specialized guy, POWER saddle all the way…, so what options have I found?

Some Specialized mounts are available for rear StiX lights, some off-brand options to mount a camera but it’s so close that a saddle bag would be tough… plus if those velcro straps aren’t secure that saddle bag won’t survive railroad crossings or wooden camel-back bridges… I just want the Cycliq to be a little further back… so what can I make?

Well I already had a ton of GoPro mounts… I’ve owned a GoPro Hero 2, a Hero Session, Hero Session 5, GoPro 6 and now a GoPro 7 Black… so I got mounts and accessory parts everywhere… so could I make my own mount? YAS… I can! But would it work? I think so… I’ll just need these two parts: a K-Edge GoPro rear-facing mount and a Cycliq universal adapter. So here is what I was able to make.

K-Edge rear-facing GoPro mount( $40), GoPro extender parts(free-ish)
& a Cycliq universal adapter($17).
All assembled it is now long enough to extend back beyond the saddlebag and allow space for the velcro straps on the saddle rails.
Here is the MacGyver version mounted on my Specialized Tarmac and Power saddle.
Side view: Here is the MacGyver version mounted on my Specialized Tarmac and Power saddle.
Complete set-up with saddlebag put on as well.

Early Reviews

So here are my takeaways so far on the two options:
  1. Tommy’s invention, K-Edge + GoPro + Cycliq adapter.
    • Plus: I had the parts already.
    • Plus: It works.
    • Neg: It’s more costly if you don’t have the parts.
    • Neg: It’s more wobbly and I used generic GoPro parts the first time and it snapped…, so only use GoPro brand parts if you go this route. Thank you safety strap.
  2. Topeak Sport Camera Multi-Mount + Cycliq adapter.
    • Plus: 5 minute install.
    • Plus: Compact & sturdy mount.
    • Plus: Made to do this MacGyver.
    • Neg: It only has one center screw in the rail mounts, no issues so far, but I’d recommend two if they redesign it.
Do you have another solution? Hit me up and let me know! ~ Love Tiki

Group Ride 101: Hold Your Line

Life Lessons

For those who are new to group rides I’d like to share some tips I have learned over the years. Usually they were delivered in anger, lecturing dad voice or mid-race rider arguments… there are probably 100’s of tips but here are a few that hit home with me.

Don’t Be A Wildcard

Hold your line. What does that mean simply put? Be predictable, if you are going to move, look around first, do you have room to make said move?

Use hand signals. Alert others around you what is ahead, what you are doing, where you are going. Learn to point if you’re looking to exit a tight group position.

Don’t overlap wheels. Allow space and be focused as you get more comfortable and confident in groups. You are benefiting from the draft in front of you, so you need to make sure the person in front has some room to move and freedom to do so. Then in return they will provide you cover from the wind and hopefully call out and point to road hazards and features ahead as the lead rider.

You thirsty bruh? Not sure when it’s safe to drink? Nervous? You see the person in front of you drinking, boom, that’s when you drink. As you get more comfortable in a group this is a non-issue, but can definately be nerve racking at first. Also when you are last in the pack is a good time to eat and drink but make sure you don’t get dropped when you aren’t focusing just on holding the wheel in front of you. As all these items practice and time in the saddle makes perfect… or at least good enough. (Thanks Chris “the storm” Curran for the submission.)

What else did I miss… chime in and I’ll add to the list!

05:25:2019: I AM AN AMAZON PRIME MEMBER

Dear @amazon what is the width of your sprinter vans? In IL the law is 3ft of space to legally pass me. I am an Prime member and am willing to wait an extra 10 secs to receive my packages, so can you please ask your drivers to wait 10 extra secs to pass me legally and safely? pic.twitter.com/q7chfWu0wE— Tom Keller (@the_tiki) May 27, 2019

Thanks to everyone who watched my video and chimed in on the conversation on Facebook. Amazon responded on Twitter and I have opened up a formal complaint as 3ft is the law in IL to legally pass a cyclist. *For those of you who don’t ride bikes or don’t understand the issue here, just imagine you’re running, walking a dog, or heaven forbid it’s your child on a bike when a vehicle passes like this.