[Brandon sent us these photos of his Civia Bryant. —ed.]
I’ve recently sold both of my cars, and:
- built 150 sq/ft of raised beds for gardening;
- bought lots of handtools for the newly opened up garage space;
- purchased a Surly Bill to grab big loads at the hardware store or grocery store; and,
- bought a new Civia Bryant!!
I LOVE this bike. I needed something that could do it all, in any weather, and still be used to errands and possible over-nighters before a MTB race (which the Surly Bill will also be set up to carry – my MTB race bike, tent, gear). It’s partly why I went with the Tiagra build. I couldn’t see myself trying to haul 100+ pounds of stuff on the 8-speed hub. I needed a wider range.
I told the owner of Carytown Bicycle Company in Richmond, what I was looking to do, and he suggested the Bryant. He loves his. I also went with SKS fenders, a VO porteur rack, Brooks B-17 saddle, and used my old Topeak rear rack and Princeton Tec lights from the old commuter bike. Braden of CBC went ahead and set it up with larger disc brakes, knowing the loads that I wanted to haul.
This bike is perfect for having a daily commuting, do-it-all, reliable, rig.
On another topic, I’m the captain of a newly formed cycling team called The River City Cycling Collective. We’re mainly an off-road race team, but myself and a few more members are daily commuters, and we’ve adopted a passion for more advocacy and awareness in commuting by bike. I’m in talks with the local police department about having a “Bike Rodeo”, showing kids and parents how to safely commute, ride on the streets, and overall bringing more awareness to the cause. I’m also close to purchasing more “Share The Road” signs direct, and having the county put them up for us. This coming weekend, we’ll be doing our part cleaning up part of Route 1 in Richmond, VA, as our adopted highway.
Love the site. Keep posting those beautiful photos!