|This is how I like my riding, slow and steady. Like my mascot on my TSR:)|
|I like steel bikes|
To be frank, it wasn't really a deliberate scientific rational planning but an organic free flow way of things just happening. And also ...ahemmm a very supportive wife:)
I like Velo Orange and Rivendell approach. They are simply old skool bike geometry. Much more upright cycling with long wheel base. Key is relaxed, non-competitive and low/non tech. Recycle if possible. We have a Chinese term for this. Its called 慢慢骑
These are thumbies or thumb shifters. They work irregardless of whatever speeds cluster (7-10speed) as they use friction rather then SIS(index shifting)
|Not a glam thing but it really helps to know whats coming from the rear. I think they are more important then helmets|
Steel bikes also wear well with age and develop a patina with regular use. I am a product designer by training and this is something which I feel that most modern products have failed miserably. Modern products just don't wear well.
Now, this entry is not about dissing off the folks who want to go fast or love carbon. It's different strokes for different folks. I am just sharing what works with me. Here goes...
|My fleet of steel horses|
There are subtle ride differences in the ride quality and yet some how they feel also similar. So I took out 4 bikes in random and try to do some quantitative study. The bikes are
1) 1990s Trek 930 with a surly LHT fork
|Looking ready for a tour. Rigged up with Top Peak rear, Carradice Pendle and Tubus Tara front.|
|Really nice Nitto front rack which u can put a safety kit or rain jacket|
|Wide bars by Velo orange|
|My first bike I bought using my holiday work as a book shop assistant. Its being Singled speed-ed by Lynten|
|You sure can touch this!|
|Birthday present by Wife and the basket helps me "tar bao" dinner. The front pouch holds my wallet and phone.|
|Rattan basket is from some hamper which I recycled|
|Propriety front rack and Beach road canvas bag with DIY Beeswax waterproofing.|
|Road bars installed by Rebound Centre, previously was a mustache bar|
|As scientific as it can get from me|
|measure and check....|
I took 3 basic measurements to understand my bikes.
A) Reach- from Seat tip to steering stem
B) Handle height
C) Seat height
What I found out is they are very similar with I measured!
No wonder I felt Tokyo bike felt abit too short. The seat was lower compared with the rest of my bikes.
This measurements would be also very useful when u bring ur bike overseas and u need to dismantle them for easier packing.
I also love the quote by Velo Orange which sums up what I feel on cycling.
|Chill and ride. Learning from the best of the best how to drink kopi ( uncle KC)|
Chris Founder-President Velo Orange"
I know this kind of riding will never be main stream as say road riding. There is simply no commercial intent big enough to do do. This is why I share my opinion on my blog and hight light this small sub-cycling culture.
Hope one day you could also try out this relaxed type of riding someday. See yah!