Lake. City. Bike.
For a commuter bike at its pricepoint my Valencia could not be beat. I came to an epiphany though a week or two ago while cleaning the bike and deciding that I wanted to paint it white.
“Wait a second, with everything I’m doing to this bike … I’m just turning it into this other bike. Why don’t I just buy that one?”
So I did.
Guess what? I’m almost going to leave it … stock. Now, there are some things that need to be changed to make it properly comfortable and because I have a lot of parts lying around.
First off … stock grips? I needed to class those up. Moved my Portland Design Works – Dapper Dan Ergo grips to the front end, threw on a carbon stem and handlebars from Bontrager. Add on a more comfortable saddles, some Ree-lights, fenders, Shimano A-530 pedals and … I now have a lighter, stiffer, and gorgeously colored white commuter bike. The bike itself retails for roughly $500 more than the Valencia, so the improvements are definitely noticed in the components and frame.
I’m currently awaiting a disc-brake kit for my rear rack, and possibly a Brooks Saddle.
I rolled over my 2000 mile mark for the year on this bike, so we’re already off to a fantastic start! There’s also something super cool about having a bike named after a local lake that pretty much identifies Madison.
Love your bikes, and they will love you back! 😀