A Dissection of my Co-Motion Americano and other sundries!

Here is my beloved custom Co-Motion Americano. It is a model year 2008, which I bought in Fall 2008. Much of the bike is stock. With the Co-Motion Americano, all the stock parts are of very high quality. The reason I changed some parts are because of my personal preferences only and not because I thought the stock parts were inferior.
Here are the changes I made to the bike:
I bought the Gilles Berthoud fenders at Wallingford Bicycles (purchased online). Mr. Bill Laine, the properiter of Wallingford Bicycles gave me some really useful tips about the installation, over the telephone. While the installation was not a snap, it was not unreasonable.

The Gilles Berthoud Mud Flap is a great way (preventive) to keep water off your shoes (toes) on rainy days, especially if you ride in sandals and woolen socks like I do, in Spring and many Winter days. Well, it is one of those crazy habits I picked up while living in Canada.

I have Tubus front and rear racks (Tara and Logo, respectively) and Arkel panniers to go touring, if and when I get my act together :) Currently, the rear rack is on my Cannondale T800, the commuter.

Of late, my water bottle of choice has been the CamelBak Insulated Steel Bottle. As I mentioned in a previous post, I did try the CycleAware Torpedo Steel Bottle but it is no good. It looks nice and flashy but it is not very good at keeping the water/drink cold. I have not weighed the CamelBak Insulated Steel Bottle to see how much it weighs. I do not care about how much it weighs, to be quite honest! All I know is that it keeps the water really cold for many many hours!!

So, my modus operandi has been: a) carry ice cubes in CamelBak Insulated Steel Bottle b) carry ice-cold water in the Torpedo. Refill each on the way as needed! And drink lots and lots of water!!

Peace :)

Comments

  1. COMMENT!!!!

    Ooh, that felt so good.







    I need a cigarette.....

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  2. That bag looks petty big for a "small" bag.

    Also, the photo looks like the "Torpedo" rather than the Camelbak. The "wide" top is best if you like to stop by Starbucks & pour their free triple filtered water and ice into it. Those little tops like the Torpedo disqualify it in my book even if the insulation wasn't lousy.

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  3. Steve A,
    You are absolutely right! It is the Torpedo mounted on the bike in the picture. I removed the CamelBak to fish an ice cube out. I am reacquainting myself to the warmth of Texas :)

    The Arkel small handlebar bag is actually quite big as you have pointed out. I did check out the "Large" bag before settling on this one. Plenty big for me! Usually this bag holds my digital Camera, my dry bag with 2 spare tubes, Topeak Alien II Tool, bag of Almonds and Walnuts, Mace, iPod & headphones.

    Welcome to my blog and thank you for your nice suggestions and comments!

    Peace :)

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  4. Doohickie,
    Glad you found that dissection informative, hopefully not boring :)

    Welcome to my blog and thank you for your nice suggestions and comments!

    Peace :)

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  5. I just added a link to your blog. I look forward to reading your future posts.

    Myles

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  6. Hi Myles,
    Welcome to my blog. I just joined your blog and I look forward to reading your savvy posts :) Thanks in advance for your nice suggestions and comments!

    Peace :)

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  7. Two more questions and I'll shut up on this post:

    #1 Does that Torpedo hit the pump when you pull it out of the holder? It looks like it's nearly touching.

    #2 What's that black thing zip tied to your left chain stay? Is that some sort of wireless cadence thing?

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  8. Steve,
    Again, you are right on the money :)
    The torpedo will hit the pump if I don't pull it out sideways. The black thingy zip-tied to the left chain stay is a cadence sensor that goes with my Garmin Edge 705.

    I like all the comments and questions. They help me write better and explain better. It is good for all!

    Peace :)

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  9. Dottie,
    I like your Pashley just as well :)
    My dad's Raleigh had lots of similar niceties.
    Peace :)

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  10. Beautiful Americano! It looks a lot like mine :-) (British Racing Green even) Did you have any trouble with the two legged Pletscher stand? I've been wanting to try one but the guys at the LBS keep talking me out of it, and I worry about it damaging the paint on the chain stays.

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  11. Thank you, rwkzoo!

    Glad to hear from another Co-Motion Americano owner!

    No trouble with the stand, especially in terms of protecting the paint. I put a thick piece of rubber under the bolt and the nut, to protect the frame from getting scratched!

    Peace :)

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  12. Beutiful bike! What size fenders did you use on your bike? I am cosidering the 50's for my Americano. Did you use an L bracket at the front fork or some other method of atachment? What size tires are you using?

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  13. @Anonymous, Thanks for your comments.

    I think I use a 50mm fender on mine. Walbike sold me an MKS clamp for the front fender. It wasn't the easiest installation, I have to admit. However, as noted in my post, Mr. Bill Laine of Walbike was very helpful with great suggestions.

    I use 700x38 Vittoria Randonneur Pro's on this bike. Knock-on-wood, they have been great!

    Please send me a link to your bike's pictures or email'em to me.

    Peace :)

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  14. Chandra,

    Thanks for the reply. I don't have photo's yet. I'll try and get some to you once the build is complete. BTW enjoy your blog.

    Jeff
    Katy TX

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