Stay Original or Customize
French bike has a lovely chain ring.
However, I am not really road cycling on this bike. The frame is light enough (compared to my “ALL STEEL” bikes) that I think I could a little, but I’m not. It is a fun fast city bike. So stopping at lights and checking of family etc, I’m on and off the saddle a fair bit. Every time I ride it, I get chain guck on my right calf.
This is where I get all conflicted. I love it just the way it is…. but would it be more useful to me with something like this:
I have spoken before about how much I adore this crankset. I should just face it, with skinny tires this is a fair weather bike even with the fenders…. but part of me thinks “if my pants were safe, I could ride it to work.”
The whole idea is purely academic at this point. I ordered some VO parts for this bike, namely the inverse brake levers and the city grips. I know that even those changes will make some purists shudder, but the current grips are broken and the brake levers are very close to the end of the bars. If I switch to the other style, I will have a second grip position in the handlebar corners. One upgrade at a time.
PS: In a classic example of Murphy’s Law, the day after I ordered parts from VO directly, I found out that Bike Universe is now a local distributor. Drat! I could have saved on shipping and brokerage and supported a local business if I had known that a little sooner.