Why am I obsessed with bike luggage? Dunno anyway..
step 1. Buy shitty seatbag on ebay
Step 2. Cut off tags
Step 3. Iron on SKULLBIKECLUB patch
This is Alex’s South African made Hansom.
This is his beater of course.
Stripped Hansom frame
Mega filed fork to fit 28c (used to just fit 23c)
zenith stem and genetic seatpost
blue concor and odi grips
sick smoked white bars off old 90′s carrera
H+son to halo wheels with everyones favourite panaracer pasala tyres
Miche cranks with SR chainring (gotta get one)
DMR V8 pedals an Ynot straps?
YBN hollowlink chain.
Filed fork crown
Locked down saddle
Bike too cool?
Nothing says 90′s nerd like barends on your commuter. Climb like John Tomac or get aero in your skinsuit.
So after a quick nerdabouthenet I found these bad boys on ebay with bonus integrated tool kit nerdpoints.
Stashmodathon! I thought.
Having already modded my keys and tools into one I wondered what else I could fit in there.
Take that shit apart.
The built in tyre levers are quite good so I got rid of everything else and found some useful stuff to cram in there like glue and patch’s and quick-links and how about a tire boot? Sure why not.
While your at it you might as well grind down your security skewer keys to fit in there too.
Lets hope no thieving bastards are reading this!
Job done! now where’s my helmet mirror?
But wait ! I still have the problem of no spare tube…. and no oversized seattube/steerer/stem to stash it in on this old steel frame.
So this calls for some old school ghetto style stashing.
In the baggy it goes
This ones called the mule.
Here’s another fishing bag I picked up on ebay.
It has exactly the same reinforced base as the other one but with a few added features.
Its MOAASSIIVE. Fits heaps in it almost too much considering that more weight on the front = less handing and a higher crashability factor.
Front opening is two clips and a drawstring which is a lot easier access in winter with gloves on.
Three big ass pockets for D-locks and tools and snacks. These are padded too like the big main compartment.
The back has shoulder straps to wear it as a backpack, they are adjustable to shorten them up at the top which makes tucking them away pretty easy.
Its got two LONG straps that go from the shoulder to the bottom that you can secure it to your rack with. I run em back underneath and around the bars.
I shortened the shoulder strap webbing to the minimum to stop it dangling and I replaced all the clips because the ones it came with were shit and broke.
Its cool you can use it as a back pack but to be honest I rarely do. I usually just grab it and haul it one handed cause I’m not going that far. Plus as a back pack it sticks out off your back loads which means knocking people and shit off the supermarket shelves.
Its not very waterproof so Ive given it a nikwax coating and the zips are shit on the pockets but im not using them that much.
Its a bit heavier than the prologic given the added capacity. 1.8kg apposed to 1.5kg
I got it for £17 posted + £5 for some new clips = £22 so a bit cheaper.
So all in all I’ve given it a weighty 6 skulls out of 10. On the skullsramdomwhogivesashit scale. It would’ve scored higher if not for the distinct lack of camo.
So there isn’t a bike I’ve had recently that I haven’t added town bars and a front rack to.
New parts are… Cheap XLC ergo town bars.
Sram X5 shifter.
Stripped TF 1″ fork.
14bike co barends.
CNCed tecktro levers (nicer and cheaper than pauls?).
Rotor cranks and suntour ring.
Handlebar mount beer cozie from Mannies Lowrider shop in Venice Beach.
Mods on this build are lowrider mount front light and rear mudguard light cable run through heatshrink down the gear cable and up the mudguard stay. Fiddly!
Teva held it down old school on his fat chance and had no problem keeping up with us old fellas with new bikes.
beers went in the creek and we were off for a twisty dry 14km loop.
Heres a few pics I took before I left.
Crazy concept Cheribum show bike at the new Cheribum shop opening in Aoyama
You wouldn’t lock your cherubim out on the street with that lock in london.
Thats it. Japan is totally awesome and rad and everyone is super nice. Its very flat and easy to cycle as long as you know your way around. Theres not really much crime so it feels very safe. The food is great especally for the carnivores and its crazy so if you get a chance try and make it there. Im gonna go back for sure.
Today was the best.
We went to 3 awesome shops and ate the best vegan food of the trip.
Next we went to a shop I was really excited about. CPW skate shop where they build F@$! crazy bikes and are generally rad.
Down the road a bit is ABOVE bike shop. I was really excited about this one too but it blew me away!
The shop is big and jammed with beautiful displays of pimp parts and amazing custom bikes.
They have there own paint booth with a in house painter “swamp” doing custom spray and pin striping.
After a amazing vegan feast I saw some cool polo bikes outside.
So Ive been here two days now and taken maybe 200 photos so I thought I better do a post.
Just as we arrived in tokyo it started to snow, REALLY heavy. It dumped about 5 inches that night. We dragged our suitcase through the snow to “mark city” and onto our next train.
We got to our place and kipped down for a good 12hrs after being up 24hrs.
Next day we ventured out to shibuya which is the hip part of town and I saw a few cool bikes on the way.
And this shop that sells skull shit
saw some weird plastic food stuffs
Went to Tokyo Hands which is a big department lifestyle store it has a bike section which was really awesome.
That yeti was sick!
They also had heaps of other rad things like tiny cyclist models
We found W-base and found most of the best bikes outside.
small shop but the pimpest shit REALTREE profiles yo!
This was a shop near where were staying, it was sort of cheaper bikes but they were still crazy.
this cool cruiser shop was round the corner
in a clothing store.
Super potato! Retro video game heaven.
This vintage toy shop was awesome. I bought a rad Bandai Ultra Kaiju.
more bikes on the street
Last thing we went to blue lugg
The best bikes were again there own ones sitting out side unlocked. Each one was an awesome pile of crazy paint, pimp parts and sweets mods, but it was dark and hard to take good pics.
cool modded mudguard.
Then we went back to shimokitaza where were staying and had a beer at this cycle cafe.
Few cool bikes outside
Thats it for now. More too come.