Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Another Vintage Cannondale Casey Handlebar Bag

A couple of weeks ago, a reader contacted me saying that he had some cycling bags and other accessories laying around the house that came from his brother that he didn't have need of and wanted to know if I would like to have them.  Not one to say no to free stuff, I said sure.  We got to talking about cycling and it turns out that Cliff and his family used tour all over the country on their bikes and he shaded with me a wealth of knowledge about touring and cycling.

The box I received from Cliff, contained a Vintage Cannondale Casey handlebar bag, another Vintage handlebar bag made by Ventoura, a front rack from Veta and a very interesting bottle cage from Minoura which was labeled as a Pet Bottle Cage. Basically, it's a bottle cage made for holding soda bottles that are at least a liter.  However, what drew my attention the most was the red Casey handlebar bag because I thought it would look really good on the Bianchi and go with Banjo Brothers waterproof pannier.

The Casey only came with one strap and I thought about using the straps from the Ventoura but then I thought that a bungee cord would work better because I need a hook that will will grab onto the end of the fork because I don't have another eyelet to use.  It worked great!  However, I still might cannibalize the straps from my yellow Vintage Cannondale Casey handlebar bag because I know they work with my setup.

I really like how the two red bags compliment one another on the bike.  The yellow bag with the yellow bar tape never really worked for me but up until the other day I didn't really have any other options.  

I can't wait to start working on the Ventoura bag next.  I will be putting in a call to Wolfpit Iron works to have another handlebar bracket made and I will have to get serious about the light mount I want to put on the Surly, so I can start doing some night gravel grinder rides. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

96 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Savings from Bike Commuting

Gas:  4 gallons
CO2:  80 lbs

The ride in this morning was pleasantly cool, around 28 degrees.
There was black ice to contend with but nothing too bad.

Leaving the office at 5:30 PM it was snowing!

I should have put on my new rain pants because I got pretty wet.

My Velo Wa was spot on this evening.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Velo Wa (和): Harmony, Peace, Balance

Riding up to the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington at Edmond Town Hall on Saturday from my house it was flurrying and cold.  I had all the right gear on except I made one mistake, wrong gloves.  I had my gloves with the removable overmitts but really didn't have enough insulation for temps below 32 degrees and later when Team 26 started riding towards Fairfield Hills, my hands were numb!

When we got over to Fairfield Hills I headed over to Youth Academy to get a cup of coffee and warm up.  That worked!  Team 26 already left on their journey towards Bethel and beyond, so I went for a quick loop around town and then headed home.

I wanted to do more, and had the Get out of Jail Free Card to do so but I was so upset with myself for not having prepared sufficiently that I couldn't find my WA for a longer ride.  The other thing bothering me and thus keeping me from my WA was the fact that my backside was getting wet because I didn't bother putting on my rear fender.

By the time I got home, my whole bike was covered in frozen, brown slime.  It's funny, and I said this before, I spent the first two months of winter avoiding riding in these conditions.  Now that it's spring I feel that I must ride because it's spring, and now I am riding in the conditions that I just spent the last two months avoiding.  I guess I shouldn't have avoided them.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dinglespeed: A Singlespeed in Sheep's Clothing

At the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington Rally at Edmond Town Hall this past Saturday, I met up with this guy that I have come across on the roads riding a fendered up Scattante Single Speed frame.

However, when I looked closer at his rear cog I noticed that it looked really big, like a 22 or 23t.  I asked him what kind of ratio he was running, 46:23, and that's when he said that he had a Sturmey Archer 2 Speed Kick Shift.  According to the Sturmey Archer website the 2 speed kick shift is set for one level at 100% and the other at 138%, so if my math is right, in the high setting, his ratio is actually 46:17!  I guess that might explain when I see him in the flats he is really moving faster than you would expect.  

So technically, he's not riding a singlespeed, with two speeds he's really riding a dinglespeed!  When I get my next singlespeed (hint, hint) I might have to go this route, too.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hope Peace Love: Sandy Hook Ride on Washington

I rode up to the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington Rally being held at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, CT this morning.  It was flurrying when I left the house but by the time I got up there it was snowing much harder.

Team 26 rolled in about 10 minutes later and while I was OK standing around in 28 degree weather I was lamenting that I didn't wear my lobster gloves.  The gloves I had on would have been fine if I were just riding but during the speeches, prayers, and kind words by those involved I came to the realization that I might have a problem with the ride today.

I was able to have my picture taken with Stephen Badger, whom I credit for encouraging me to be the cyclist I am today.  He is truly one hell of a rider.  I would like to do this ride.  Maybe next year?

Monte Frank, founder and ride leader or Team 26, makes his closing remarks before we all ride over to Fairfield Hills where the team was the honorary guest at the Sandy Hook 5K.  I rode in the back of the group and while it felt great to be out on the bike, in the snow even, my hands were numb and also not having a fender was making me even more uncomfortable.  I headed over to the Youth Academy to warm up and get a cup of coffee.  By the time I was good to go, Team 26 had took off towards Bethel so I headed down to Sandy Hook and then back up Church Hill and then home.  

It wasn't the best ride but it was still good to get out despite the weather.  Bike felt really good and I could feel that riding the single speed to work is actually helping me with my road riding.