On drop bars, baskets, and randonneur bags

The Bantam at Tanner Springs Park, 31 Dec 2021. Minolta SR-T 101/MC Rokkor PG 50mm f/1.4/ Fuji Superia 400. There was a recent blog post over on Velo Orange, titled "Drop Your Drop Bars." In it, VO head-honcho Igor extols the virtues of changing your handlebars. Changing from drop bars to flat or upright bars... Continue Reading →

Raleigh Crested Butte: Yet more tweaks to the endless tweaking bike

My Raleigh Crested Butte is my longest-lived bike. October will mark nine years of ownership. It's the bike that really got me in love with vintage mountain bikes and 26 inch wheels with chonky tires. It also has become a "proving ground" of a bike: I've tried out several different configurations over the years as... Continue Reading →

The pannier lifestyle

Panniers. Probably the most basic "bag on bike" seen today, yet something I've largely eschewed over the past decade. Oh yeah, I started using panniers on my bikes around 2003, but since I got back from the Big Tour in 2011, I started moving towards Carradice styled saddlebags, handlebar bags, and baskets. Why? Well, I... Continue Reading →

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