Here’s my bike


I’ve had my new bike for four weeks now, so I thought it was about time I took a photograph — though please do excuse the camera case perched on the seat and my gloves sitting on top of my bag!

As you can see she’s a lovely silver thing. I’ve swapped out the pedals for platform ones, added silver extra-light race blades and a black rear rack. I transferred the lock, lights and bike computer over from my old bike.

The bag I carry is an Altura Arran, which fits very snugly on the back and can hold a surprising amount of stuff: I’ve been known to fit two whole outfits plus my phone, wallet, digital camera etc in it. I keep a puncture repair kit, pump and spare front light in the top pocket — just in case — and the rear end sports a detachable red light, which I generally use in "flashing" mode to save on batteries.


6 thoughts on “Here’s my bike

  1. Hmm, very nice. I’m really envious now!
    I guess it’s not surprising that every cyclist has to make a few adjustments to a new bike to make it their own, and your mods seem very sensible for a commuter.
    But I’m not sure I’d be able to get much more than my lunchbox in a bag like that!!!


  2. Melody, I have more spring pictures I’ll post later.
    Treadly, I am an expert at travelling light! I see all the other commuters weighed down with panniers and rucksacks on their backs and I wonder what on earth they are carrying, the kitchen sink? ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. Appy Linguist, couldn’t think of what gender to assign the bike let alone what to call it. So, for the time being, it is known as “my bike”. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Urban-commuter, they’re cable operated, although it looks like you’d need a degree in rocket science to change the brake pads when they eventually wear out. I think I’ll be leaving that to the professional mechanics when the time comes.


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