The title of the album is the refrain in the song “Lippy Kids,” about the potential of youth. It’s worth a listen. Their show, uplifting and communal, was the perfect tonic after a few quiet weeks recovering from Paris-Brest-Paris.
I’ve worked through the lingering fatigue and physical issues left over from PBP not by riding, but by digging through the toolbox and getting a couple framesets turned into bikes — our kind of rockets, if you will.
First up is my new 58cm Rivendell SimpleOne, a singlespeed. It is Riv’s newest addition to their lineup of lugged, steel bikes, replacing the Quickbeam.
See a full set of photos at my Flickr page, here.
This bike is made for racks and fenders, and was a lot of fun to build up.
I decked it out in a lot of parts from Velo Orange, including metal fenders, seatpost, saddle, rear bag support, hubs, one of the two rims, and a bell.
It also has Rivendell’s own Sugino double chainring crankset and a nifty front bag they sell called the Sackville TrunkSack that looks just great.
The setup initially included the big Ostrich boxy front bag formerly sold by VO — you can see the decaleur receiver still mounted — but I found it too big for tooling around town. I’ll save it for a touring rig.
There was something satisfying about wrenching at home on the weekends after all the travel this year. I like tinkering with bikes almost as much as riding them!
Next up: MG’s Velo Orange Mixte. Stay tuned.