Friday, June 29, 2012

Pashley Princess Soverign - Little Over One Year Later

I've had my Pashley for a little over one year now. I thought I would share with you how she's held up living as an outside bicycle.

I was doing a little maintenance yesterday, and took some pictures of the wear and tear. Surprisingly there isn't much!

Some water gets to the stem and it's gotten a little rusty.

There's a little bit of grease oozing out at the fork bearing cups.

And some grease and grime at the headset.

I've scuffed up the rear fender from my U-lock.

The inticator chain has gotten rusty.

There are scuffs from the heel of my shoe on the seat post tube.

I've nicked the rear fender.

And there's something making a home around the rear hub.

This is the worst of the dings. I locked it up too close to the sign I lock up to at work. We had a big storm and the wind made the wheel whip around and the fork and fender scraped against the sign.

Overall, not bad for a daily commuter that lives outside!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

DIY Rack Bungees

Just a quick little DIY. My rack bungees wore out. The elastic was all stretched out and weakened from sitting in the sun all day (no place shady or covered to park at work). I had these two flat bungees with hooks at the end (purchased at Home Depot or Lowes), and thought they would make great rack straps. I paired them up with these swivel hooks from the local feed and seed/ tack shop (replacement hardware for lead lines/ bucket hangers).

All you do is clamp them onto someplace on your frame, or a bracket if you happen to have one (the Pashley came with these handy brackets) and hook the bungees in!

Et voilà! "New" rack bungee. In bright blue. :)