Winter Bike Upgrade Project
My friend Garrick hooked me up with a sweet deal on components and helped me (read: I helped hold stuff) perform the upgrades over the course of two Saturdays in January.
I rode my bike over to Garrick's when it was -11° F out. Brrr!
We planned to install:
- Civia fenders
- Nitto North Road CroMo handlebars
- Light and Motion Stella Double-Eh light
- Planet Bike Superflash rear light
The fenders presented the biggest problem (hah, I thought they would be easy).
The front mounting bracket did not match up with the hole in the fork. Fortunately Garrick has an insane amount of tools including a shop drill, so we were able to drill a new hole (photo by Garrick).
The whole process of putting on the fenders took about 3 hours, so we called it a day.
The next weekend we finished the job. Putting on the handle bars was the biggest part because we had to run two new cables. After that, getting the lights and kickstand on was a snap, and we were done!
So, how is it?
I like it! The fenders are great for keeping the slush off. The new handlebars probably need to be a bit higher but they are much more comfortable and a lot easier to ride with gloves.