my bikes, society of three speeds

My Raleigh Superbe at (almost) five years: A superb bike!

Taken with my Minolta Hi-Matic 7s 35mm film camera. (Film: Kodak Gold 200) My Raleigh Superbe is soon to be a member of my Five Year Club, bikes that I've had for that time period. The Crested Butte and Schwinn Heavy Duti have passed those milestones, the Bantam will soon. I got my hands on… Continue reading My Raleigh Superbe at (almost) five years: A superb bike!

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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 The pannier lifestyle


Thursday’s Travels

Thursday was an interesting day, to say the least. At least in the weather department.After the brief respite on Monday, it has been a more typical "moody" spring rain cycle over the last few days. Tuesday and Wednesday had their periods of rain, sometimes heavy. But Thursday was a new wrinkle: periods of hail. Hail… Continue reading Thursday’s Travels


Custom Bags: Fancy Bicyclist Part 4

In my "career" as a commuter/transportation/utility/whatever-you-want-t0-call-it cyclist, my choice in bags has followed a typical and predictable path. When I first started riding here in Portland 10 years ago, I simply used the generic backpack that I owned. Why not? Of course a small backpack presents limitations when one wants to use their bicycle as… Continue reading Custom Bags: Fancy Bicyclist Part 4