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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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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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