Sunday, April 3, 2011

Getting it Looking Classic

The first and easiest step toward making the bike look more classic is to put some accessories on it. The seat is a little worn, the grips have been used by someone else, so those will be the first to be switched out. Matching leather saddlebag. Interestingly enough, all of these are made by one company with an additional item or two I found handy. Since I may be racing around on the bike below or simply commuting with pants on, a leg strap was convenient. Brooks England Ltd. provides all these items and have had great reviews from nearly anyone who uses their products. It has been around since 1866 and making saddles nearly the same way since then. Obviously, some improvements have been made over nearly 145 years. Leather is durable and will retain it's good looks for many many years as long as it's well taken care of. I opted for the brown rather than the honey colored leather. Final image is what all the items would look like on the bike (except it's in honey color).

Antique Brown Brooks Leather Grip Tape - going on bike
Brown Brooks B17 Narrow Leather Saddle - going on bike

Brooks Brown Leather Saddlebag - hangs from back of seat, will hold seat cover and "Trouser Strap"
Brooks Brown Leather "Trouser Strap" - the way to keep your pants out of the chain without rolling your pants to your knee or tucking your pants into your sock.
Brooks Seat Cover - going on in saddlebag



Compliments of Superprecise on London Fixed-gear and Single-Speed forums

This is what the accessories all look like together in a honey brown color. My accessories are brown though.
Compliments of Superprecise on London Fixed-gear and Single-Speed forums

This is what the accessories all look like together in a honey brown color. My accessories are brown though.

The 2007 Specialized S-Works Tricross

So here's the start of the changes that will take place. Dark brown + crazy red bike above?  We'll see how it goes. Depending on the look, will depend on how soon the new paintjob is going on the bike. In the meantime I will be describing the paint removal process and the potential color options. Additionally, other additions that may go on the bike. Reviews will go up on these items after I've used them for a while. Velo Orange does make similar items, but I don't think they make all of the above. Also, if I like the Brooks it's not likely I'll spend the money on Velo items just to review them. However, if someone at Velo picks up on the blog and wants me to give them a shot to give you guys a fair comparison. I will be more than willing to do so in order to be fair. If you guys make the better product, you make the better product. In the meantime, those beautiful Brooks accessories will be going on the bike.

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