[Cassidy sent us these photos of his Kogswell Model D. —Alan]
This is my Kogswell Model D. It’s in its third variant since I bought the frame used a few years back. It’s the bike I ride most of the time, and most often it carries me back and forth from my home to my bike shop, Bespoke Bicycles, two miles away in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
I used to ride road bikes with narrow tires exclusively. One day, I realized that this frame would fit 700x42mm tires, and I built it up that way almost as a joke. Rarely has a joke affected anything in my life so deeply. Wide tires were such a revelation! Now all of my bikes have tires 32mm and wider. This bike has Panaracer Paselas, which are my favorite tires these days.
It’s currently built up with a Shimano Nexus 4-speed hub, Sturmey-Archer dynamo front hub, Honjo fenders and a Velo Orange Porteur Rack. I drilled the rack and frame for internal wiring to the Spanninga lights. Wiring dynamo lights has become one of my favorite things to do, the more elaborate and hidden the better. The bike is a joy to ride! It’s supremely comfortable, fast enough, carries lots of weighty and bulky items on the front rack.