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Back together again

It took me less than an hour to reassemble Clyde today. While I was at it, I cleaned him up a little, then degreased and re-lubed the chain (I now have pink dishwashing gloves on board for this sort of thing--my sister thinks that's lame, but the black-fingernail look is not Cycle Chic!), then rode a few blocks.

A tentative thumbs up: the rear tube seems to be holding.

Now I'm obsessed with making my own panniers. I found an Instructable on the subject (I love Instructables!), and now I'm on eBay bidding on old beat up leather messenger bags that might be converted.

On a completely unrelated note, Ciao Bella's Malted Milk Ball Gelato is worth a trip to the store. It's malted-flavor gelato with chocolate malt balls in it! I'm sort of hooked.

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serenity_valley
Nov. 29th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Well (tentative) congratulations that Clyde is functioning once again. How frustrating it must've been!

I LOVE Instructables! Srsly, is there anything you can't find on there? Though I'm curious what led you to find out about making your own panniers. Were you prompted to do so for some reason, or just would rather make them than buy them?

Also, I love Ciao Bella. I haven't had their malted milkball gelato, but I am obsessed with their raspberry sorbet. And the mango sorbet ain't too shabby either.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 29th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
I get in these DIY moods from time to time, mostly when I want something very specific that the market won't supply me. In this case, a pannier that's Cycle Chic but not 22 years old.

I'm beginning to realize that most American cycling accessories are created for some kind of competitive, macho cycling as a sport, and must meet standards of use and abuse from Alaska to Hawaii, twelve months out of the year. All I want is stuff that looks pretty and is easily attached and detached: different arrangements for different weather and purposes.

Stay tuned. I'm making a rear-rack basket out of a wicker purse I found yesterday for five bucks at Rerun on 7th and Fremont.

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