Bike Week – A Tour

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

Comments

  1. Jo says:

    Your bike is BEAUTIFUL and so tricked out!

    I have no accessories, but now I have some ideas for some! :)

  2. Beth says:

    Nice color combo!!! (I believe Jeep would call that Moss Green and Spice.)

  3. Amanda says:

    Your tea holder is the best ! And my favorite accesory would be seat covers, they have them in many patterns here in Holland and are perfect to sit on a dry place after it has been raining the whole day … Also those boxes you have look super handy !

  4. Terri says:

    I like the folding baskets…and if I had a pair, I can see myself making the trip to the grocery.

  5. Trillium says:

    I love the color too so I’ll just give you a big GO GREEN!

  6. Vado Porro says:

    I’ve thought about getting folding baskets. I have a front mount bag by Detours that I just love, and a rear rack that I’m not happy with. Husband got a set of panniers which are pretty good, but I would prefer something that closed. My lock was problematic to mount – I like what you’ve done with the velcro tape.

    One thing I’d say you definitely need is a good headlight and tail light – even if you think you’ll never use them. You also need a patch kit and possibly a pump, for any long rides. Also a regular bungie cord sometimes comes in handy, but the cargo net (I have a similar one) is pretty useful anyway.

    • jacqueline says:

      Yes the lights are definitely on the list. Travis says I need them, and I figure eventually I will be out late enough that they will be useful, especially in the fall when the sun starts setting early but the weather is still conducive to riding to and from work.. I don’t anticipate going on any long rides by myself, and he’s got a pump and I assume a patch kit in case I get into any trouble. We are on the hunt for nonoffensive bungie cords too.

  7. Olivia says:

    I’m thinking of buying this exact bike! I was torn between the red and green but your beautiful pics have sold the green. I hope you love it and love riding it. I’m also very jealous of your husband giving you such an awesome surprise present. I have to buy my own!

  8. Rikhav Kothari says:

    This commentary on the Kensington has pretty much sealed the deal on my hunt for a new commuting bike after my old Bianchi Avenue finally kicked the bucket. Great ideas for accessories too. I’m sure a few of those will find there way onto my new bike to come.

  9. Juliana says:

    Hi Jacqueline, I stumbled upon your post while searching for reviews of the Windsor Kensington 8 ladies bicycle. The classic mid-Century French styling and hybrid sensibility seem like a perfect fit for my urban San Diego lifestyle. I was wondering if you could give us a quick update on how your bike has treated you this past year? Have you added any more accessories? How does it handle on hills? Any issues to report in functionality or quality? The hunter green is killer in the sunlight! Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to exploring more of your fantastic blog.

    • jacqueline says:

      The bike is holding up very well except for a few scratches in the paint (that have a little rust now). Where I ride my bike is still pretty flat, so I can’t really speak to hills. It isn’t a lightweight bike though and the baskets add a lot of weight as well, so I could imagine hills might not be the most fun thing to pedal up.

      • Juliana says:

        Thanks for your reply! It’s great to hear from a rider when thinking about mail order bikes. I like to think that function can be fashionable, and this bike seems to have both. Cheers!

      • ladyq4sho says:

        Jacqueline do you know the exact weight on the bike? that will make or break my decision:)

        • jacqueline says:

          No, unfortunately I don’t. My husband estimates that it’s between 30-40 pounds — closer to 30 without the racks and bike lock and closer to 40 with all the extras.

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