Category Archives: Equipment Review

Transplant Surgery: LED into vintage headlamp

I recently swapped a new front wheel with a Sturmey Archer X-FDD 6 volt, 3 watt dynamo hub with cable actuated 70mm drum brake to make my 1936 Raleigh a bit more practical as a regular commuter bike.  The hub dramatically improved my braking and freed … Continue reading

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Get your kicks(tand)

Kickstands are cool. OK, I admit that in my racing days when I weighed everything, from body parts to bicycle components, I used to take them off any bike that came with one.  But I have grown in years and … Continue reading

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’36 Raleigh DIY upgrade: SA dyno hub and drum brake

My 1936 Raleigh Sports is a great bike, but combination of the original steel rims and ancient side-pull brakes do not give me stopping power for confident commuting on a good day.  When the rims get wet, get ready to Flintstones your way … Continue reading

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Final upgrades: lock, mudflap, pedals

I recently told you about some upgrades I am making to my Schwinn euro-style city bike project. Friday when I got home from work, I was excited to find a small brown box on my front porch.  Inside the box were … Continue reading

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Dutch Schwinn Upgrades

A couple weeks ago the wiring on my DLomotec LED headlight on my Dutch Schwinn broke.  The wires broke right next to the housing, and the light is built in such a way that it is not meant to be disassembled.  … Continue reading

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Studded tires summary and winter bikes

d’Andre’s post yesterday’s about studded tires had a lot of good advice in the article and the comment section that I thought were worth summarizing today.  Below are the highlights of sage winter cycling advice I pulled from all the comments Studded tires, … Continue reading

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Got Studs?

Regular guest on Over the Bars, d’Andre Willis does, and she was kind enough to share her experience with these winter cycling confidence builders.  Thanks d’Andre! After being sidelined for two weeks by travel and a bad cold, I’m back on the … Continue reading

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