I’ve had a number of small tweaks I wanted to make to my Boulder Bicycle All Road rando rig. I finally got my butt in gear the last couple of days and wrenched on my bike while I watched some playoff hockey on my computer.
I got some custom Buddy Flaps made for my bike. They are sold as a set with the rear flap made with reflective material. My front Honjo fender is so long I couldn’t use the front Buddy Flap so I DIY’d one out of that big piece of stair tread material I have on hand. I’ll use the the now spare front “lazy” flap on another bike. The rear flap is more burly than needed, but it looks cool and provides perfect coverage. If you are a weight weenie you may want to stick with a chunk of milk jug and use a sharpie marker to customize it!
The Honjo ultra light mud flaps that I got from Boulder Bicycle are indeed very light, but only offer minimal protection. I prefer to have more protection and I’m okay with a little extra weight to get it.
Acorn may not want to sell bike bags to Canadians, but Berthoud has no such qualms! I got a large Berthoud seatbag which I will use for longer brevets. This is actually an older version without a QR. I prefer attaching the bag to the saddle with a leather strap rather than the complexity and dead weight of a QR I’ll never use. I have my spare 650B tire, 2 tubes and my flat change/patch kit in there. Since I rarely need these item it frees up room in my bar bag for extra clothing and food.
My white bar tape was getting grubby so I replaced it with some red tape that should last a while longer. I have a line on some washable white tape that doesn’t hold dirt, but couldn’t get it in right away. I’ll shelf it when it arrives until I’m feeling in a white mood!
Almost every ride from my house starts with some bike path KMs. Having a bell to get the attention of dog walkers, roller bladers, etc.. is a nice thing. I found this Electra steerer mounted bell which doesn’t take up any bar real estate and looks nice on the bike. I also cut down the steerer a bit so I just have a minimal spacer above the stem.
The Blackburn rearview mirror I was using worked well, but it’s bulky and I have to put my hand on it when on the hoods which was not ideal. I installed a small, but effective B&M mirror on the end of the bar. An equally effective, but more elegant solution.
I still haven’t shifted out of the middle ring on a brevet. So I decided to ditch the bar end shifter for the front derailleur and instead install a downtube shifter. That freed up the left bar end for the B&M mirror I wanted to use and still gives me the option of the granny or big ring should I feel the need.