I thought I’d share some updated photos of my commuter bike (“before” photos here).
In addition to being my commuter bike, it’s also my experiment bike. It’s been through 4 handlebars, and three front/rack configurations I can’t believe I am saying this, but I think this bike is finally “DONE” ;-). Commuting wise, my favorite changes are the additions of the:
- Carradice Nelson Lowflap – It’s a Bike trunk. Store lots of stuff and comes in handy picking up groceries.
- B&M Ixon IQ light – Great light with good runtimes. The focused beam makes this light very bright
- Platform pedals with VO Half clips – Switched to these so I could wear winter boots during our colder than normal Washington, DC weather.
- Brooks B17 – Need I say more…just one thing. Short rails don’t allow for enough backward adjustment so I added the VO seatpost w/ extra setback and shim to fit post.
The handlebars are Humbert Contest trekking bars. The control area provides a nice swept back area (or is it swept forward in this bar’s case) and combined with the Ergon grips, provide a comfortable position for my wrists. The handlebar is also double-wrapped with gel tape and cork tape.
In addition, I love the Paul’s thumbies. Something about thumb shifters that I really love.
This bike is a comfortable, all-day bike. I just need to work on adding things so I can hold more water….I guess I am not finished modding this bike ;). I think a couple of Two-fish bottle cages with solve the problem.