Cleaned The Commuter

My single-speed has become my commuter bike.  It was supposed to be my light and simple bike.  It has since sprouted fenders, rear rack, lights, handlebar bag, small saddlebag, and a bigger pump.

At some point I’ll add tougher tires and dyno-hub powered lighting.

I did some work on the bike a few days ago.  Yesterday I cleaned the bike again and adjusted everything.  I thought it was a good opportunity for a photo.  I’ll clean the wheels next time.  🙂

5 thoughts on “Cleaned The Commuter”

  1. “It was supposed to be my light and simple bike.”

    I want a light and simple bike. But if I really had one, I’d probably want to accessorize it to make it practical. And then I’d want to buy a light and simple bike…

  2. It looks like a really fun commuter, and the changes you’ve made improve its looks, too. I don’t know if my singlespeed is really commuterable, like what you’ve done here. I’ve thought about at least trying to fit a rack. I hate carrying a backpack.

  3. Apertome, Carradice bags work pretty well- not great- but good enough. You can buy add-on loops for VeloOrange and a bag rack. I commuted for a couple years using the carradice longflap before racking the LHT.

    As to accessories, Dave and I have spoken at length about the merits of accoutrements vs. a stripped-down go fast existence.

  4. That’s a nice looking bike, and although it MAY (!) just be a coincidence, the black with tan leather bags look great against the colour of your bike and grips, etc.!

  5. Thanks!

    I made another change in the bike today. I replaced the Panaracer Pasela tires with the Tourguard version, as I was getting too many flats. These new tires have the gumwall, which isn’t exactly what I wanted, but they were in stock and still look good.

    I will have a stripped down road bike, but it won’t be a single-speed. It’ll be steel (probably lugged) and have a retro-shiny look to it. I don’t have the money now, but eventually…

    I won’t add on it to it, because I won’t commute on it, and will try not to ride it in the rain.

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