Friday, March 20, 2009

New Stem For First Frame

Well, just a short update tonight... I decided to put a silver stem on the bike in place of the black one. It's a Nitto Technomic, the same stem I have on a lot of my bikes. I think it looks better, don't you?

Oh, on a minor note, there's a new pump there too, along the top tube. I decided the silver Road Master Blaster from Topeak was a better choice than the black Zefal hpx. The Zefal works great, but is kinda ugly on this bike.

Next is the Velo-Orange elk hide bar wrap, in a brown that's close to the saddle color. After that, the only things I have left to address are a front rack and eventually some bigger tires for off road touring. I am planning to try Schwalbe
Marathon Supremes in a 700x40 size for the tires, and a Tubus Tara for the front rack. Beyond that, I MIGHT add a handlebar bag, but I might not. I'm not that big a fan of them, honestly, but for touring they can come in handy. The trick is to get one that's functional, stable, and attractive... not that easy to find, from what I've seen.

I really like how it's riding now with the new bars and shifters and brake levers. I made the right choice to ditch the trekking bars.

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