The postman arrived today with two packages containing three items, which meant some QT with the all-rounder bike. New additions are:
The ultimate barbag, seatpack or manbag - A Swedish Army Gas Mask Bag re-purposed as a bike bag. I've long thought that Army Surplus kit can be made into great cycling luggage and this is my first item.
I saw it first on OYB - a cool sustainable living blog. This guy adapts his to make it work on the bike even better, adds his OYB (Out Your Backdoor) patch and resells 'em. And good on him. Take a look.
I bought mine from Ebay shop Jungle Clothing UK
The second item was a kickstand - I always loved the kickstand on my Raleigh Chopper when I was a kid, so why not have one now. I've got one on the Dahon and I use it at least three times every ride.
Last item from the postman, and definitely least, was a very boring pair of curved rack mounts for my SL Tournee rear rack, meaning I can use it in conjunction with V brakes.
The other change I've made is to swap the 610mm North Road bars for a narrower 490mm pair with a greater sweep-back. They were on a Pashley trike I've got that was just begging for wider bars. I've polished them up - they're a little scratched from about 20 years of usage, but I think the scratches polished out count as beausage.
I've finished them with a minimalistic wrap of bar tape and a pair of wine cork bar end stoppers.
Most people think I've created Frankenstein, but to me, she's a workaday Venus.