Here are the changes I made to the bike:
- Added Brooks Bar Tape
- Added a Brooks B-135
- Added Gilles Berthoud fenders
- Installed Pletscher Two-leg Kickstand
- Added King Cage Iris bottle cages
- Added Dinotte 140R-AA Rear Light
- Added Reelights to front and rear
- Added a Arkel Handlebar bag (small)
- Added Gilles Berthoud Mud Flap
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!!