Thursday, September 17, 2015

The new front rack has arrived.

Well, the new front rack has arrived, and I am somewhat disappointed with it.  The mounting clamps that are designed to hold it to the fork are too large, and as you can see from the photos I had to shim it a bit.  I shimmed each side with a slice of sponge.  I'll get the knife out and clean it up a bit, but ugh.  What a PITA.  Secondly, it seems a bit too large for my panniers. They slide back and forth on the top bar, and the bottom bar is too far down for the lower clip to attach.  I think I'm going to have to do some creative bungee cord work to secure them. (again, sorry for the glare.  One day I will learn to use a camera properly.)

I also got a handlebar bag from Ibera.  It's much larger than I expected, and that's not a bad thing.  Looks like it will hold much of my ready-access equipment and goodies (Cameras, snacks, sunblock, etc.)

Lastly, I'm considering a new (to me) bicycle.  My neighbor has a Jamis Aurora that he wants to trade for my Rock Island Armory .45 pistol.  I'm unsure about the trade.  The bike has seen better days. It has some serious road rash, like maybe it fell off someone's car rack as they were going down the highway.  The crank, front fender, handlebars, stem and saddle all have serious road rash. 

The pistol is currently worth more than the bicycle cost when it was new, but I haven't shot it in years, and I would ride the bicycle a couple times a week. He doesn't ride the bike, but would give the pistol the attention that it deserves.

Decisions, decisions. 

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