Lately, I've been spending a lot of time in the shop - building a lot of wheels, fitting/testing new prototype products you may or may not like, and assembling bikes for review and bike shows later this year. Coming up with a build that will be reviewed by a magazine and on display at a show can be surprisingly tasking. In our case, we need to strike a delicate balance between intended use, timeless styling, functionality, affordability, and pushing the envelope to make you do a double take and go in for a closer look.
Last week, I rode down to pick up some Peruvian chicken for lunch - I could literally eat that everyday and be happy. As I was ordering and paying I overheard a couple guys talking about the leather saddle, mudflap, and handlebar bag and mentioning how comfortable and useful the whole bike looks. I left, put my pollo in my handlebar bag, gave the guys a nod through the window, and was on my way back to work, a bit faster this time. It's that double take and subsequent drawing in I love seeing at shows, events, and on the street.
Of the builds we've done, this one is on the top of my list...for now.
Dajia Stainless Steel Rear Rack and a Revelate Frame Bag work nicely and still have enough room for a front bag if needed.
Sabot Pedals, Crazy Bars with Black Grips, and a Model 3 Leather Saddle will make for comfortable, long days in the saddle.
Noir Zeste Brakes fit the bill.
Elkhide Chainstay Protector is an easy way to defend against chainslap.