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Triple water bottles !

No wasted space on this bike. And, perhaps overkill for my brief rides not far from town, but before the "Camelback" style water bags became the common and often preferred carriers for water, this was the way to carry the most water and all of the braze-ons fitted to this bike were clearly intended for long bike tours.

 

As I had anticipated, the longer bottle would not fit well below the pump beneath the top tube or behind the front mudguard. The lovely "kleen kanteen" stainless steel bottles from Velo-Orange look perfect on this bike. The bottle cages too are stainless steel and also available from that website... A web site which you really should browse if at all interested in classic style accessories and components. My order was received in only a few days, so I defilitely recommend supporting this small merchant - AND... their prices are also usually very good for their very select inventory of typically hard to find items.

 

I now have over 250 miles on this bike and the old Lyotard pedals (mod 460d) - mounted here without toe clips - are quite comfortable. A very similar modern pedal would be the MKS "Sylvan Touring" style. I love the feeling of just hopping on a bike without concern over seeking out a specific pair of cycling specific shoes. So far, I have not missed toe clips (or clipless pedals) at all. It is really just the angle of this photo which shortens the front fender clearance, but there is plenty of room for large toe clips... and still no pedal / fender overlap. This did not go un-noticed by a local bike shop owner on Saturday... as he groaned about his own Rivendell bike (which had cost him 10 times what I had paid for this) and which still hits his feet against the front wheel .

 

The Specialites TA "Cyclotouriste" chainrings here are 32 x 49, which is just fine for now. I'd likely add a smaller third inner ring (26-27t) for longer or steeper rides or when carrying loaded panniers on this bike and of course conversion to a full triple chainring set is always simple with these cranks.

 

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Taken on July 1, 2008