||Keep The Dream Alive – Oasis
Today I started thinking about a replacement for Vilior. Appropriately enough, the Edinburgh Bike Co-op offering that most suits my wishes is a Revolution Country Explorer.
Why is this appropriate? Vilior is (I can’t bring myself to type ‘was’) an Edinburgh Cycle Co-op ‘Country’ made of Reynolds 770 steel tubing. ‘Revolution’ is EBC’s brand and the Country series are still made of Reynolds tubing.
So today I removed Vilior’s front pannier rack so that the bike co-op could fit it to whatever I buy. I’ve never used it – the purchase of front panniers has always been put off by more immediate needs. However I just couldn’t bring myself to remove lights, iPhone carrier etc yet. Not without a last photo…
Meanwhile’s here’s why I’m about to spend over £600. Vilior cost £50!
- Will be stronger than a pure road bike.
- Will come with full mudguards and rear rack.
- I’m not a speed-queen, so a roadbike would be inappropriate!
- I tend to carry loads. Rucsacs are the stupid way to do this. Hence I need at least one pannier rack.
- I’m used to it.
- More streamlined body position
- Usually cycle with bent elbows – easier to to make fine course corrections.
- Arms not outstretched – less chance of overbalancing.
- They work!
- They don’t get affected by road-dirt.
- They don’t wear out wheel-rims.
|Cable-operated disk brakes
||Easier to maintain
|Pedals with toe-clips
- Linking foot and pedal increases efficiency by keeping the foot in the right place.
- It also allows some pull, not just push.
- I’m not yet ready for full attachment, especially while I’m learning to use handlebar-mounted gear/brake levers. (Vilior’s were on the down-tube.)