Hayden recently gave me his old bike*, and I attempted to cycle it around Sydney. It’s was an old racing bike, with a very light frame, but also suicidally-placed gear levers and brakes. Combined with the foot-cages this bike made it impossible to cycle safely (IMHO).
Last Monday I visited the Nunnery free bike workshop (at the Redfern end of Newtown) and managed to carve off the old handlebars, replace them with straight maintain-bike ones, and move the brakes and gears. All for free: Fantastic! I’ve now got a very light bike, but with sensible controls. I’ve dubbed the bike “Mr Richard Ashcroft from the Verve”, as it’s all black, is very skinny, but has wide shoulders thanks to the straight bars. The bike now marches through the streets of Sydney a la Bittersweat Symphony, knocking old ladies and children over… maybe.
Needless to say, I was well chuffed.
Today, I managed to enthusiastically buy a bunch of cheap and heavy electronics from Reverse Garbage, with no transport other than Mr. Ashcroft. Necessity being the mother of invention; I managed to hook up the sweet trailer arrangement I’ve been wanting to make for years, all for less than $10!
* reports indicate it was a karma-swap for my old bike going missing while I was away.