It’s been a few weeks since I got my new bike as a surprise present from my wonderful husband. I’m kind of in love with bicycling around town now. So I thought I’d do something a little special on the blog this week — Bike Week!
Today I’d like to start Bike Week by giving you a little tour around my bike.
My bike is a Windsor Kensington 8 in Hunter green. Green is my favorite color and I love how pretty it is. The Kensington is a European-style cruiser, perfect for tooling around the city.
It has eight gears, which has come in really handy when riding up and down the dikes around the Red River. Instead of having a rear derailleur, which moves the chain into different gears on a cassette, it has an internal hub. This means less maintenance or things that can go wrong.
The bike came with a few other perks. It has a cute little bell, a cup holder for my morning tea, fenders, and front and rear racks.
I’ve been working on “tricking” my bike out with a few extras too. My husband Travis bought a little pouch for underneath my seat. It has a little multi-tool in it in case I have some trouble out on the road. Can also keep a few personal effects in it for rides. I bought a Camelbak water bottle and a cheap, silver water bottle holder.
And then there are my baskets, which make my bike into a utilitarian machine for much more than leisure. I bought Wald Folding Rear Mounted Bike Baskets. They are deep and can hold a lot. I wish they didn’t weigh so much, but it’s something I can deal with for their added functionality. They fold up when they aren’t in use.
This past weekend, Travis and I attempted to hit up a farmers market down by the Fargo East Dike. Unfortunately we arrived too late. So instead we went took a long ride to the grocery store. I strapped the groceries down with a Topeak Cargo Net.
And lastly, I needed a ulock and security cable. This Series 2 Kryptonite goes around the frame and a pole or bike rack, and then the security cable loops through both tires and the ulock. I can keep the lock and cable tidy with hook and loop tape, which is kind of like reuseable Velcro tape.
So that’s the tour! If you have a bike, do you have any accessories you just love?
all photos by Travis Haughton – Wasabi Photography