This is a photo of my LHT shortly after the build was completed in June of 2008. With the honey Brooks saddle, matching mud flap, North Road bars, and shellacked cork grips, the overall look was sort of Dutch city bike meets American tourist.
Here’s the same bike in September of
2011 2010 (Oops, sorry. And no, I’m not a time traveler… LOL). It’s gone through a metamorphosis over the past two-plus years, taking on a more serious urban assault vibe both in looks and functionality. One notable addition that really expanded the capabilities of this bike is the Pass & Stow porteur rack with dual headlight mounts.
Civia recently sent us some handlebars to try out (more here, and more later). These are the 50 degree Aldrich flat bars. I love these bars to death, but they triggered a series of other changes to the bike, starting with clamp-on mountain grips and Paul Thumbie shifters.
The lower bars called for a narrower saddle, hence the Selle Anatomica. You’re probably already noticing a shift in the color scheme.
This is only tangentially related, but I swapped the triple for a 1×9 drivetrain (read about it here). I also added a Paul Chain Keeper and replaced a damaged Pletscher center stand (that’s a story for another day). I ordered both in black to carry on the matchy-matchy theme.
And finally, because I couldn’t have one honey colored accessory while everything else was transitioning to black, I picked up some black leather dye for the Brooks mud flap. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but it turned out perfectly.
None of this was planned in any real sense. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, my bike had undergone a fairly dramatic transformation. I must say, I’m quite happy with the results.