Switching up the Handlebars

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 35mm, f/2, 1/105 sec, ISO1600
“Rossa” Cedar Park, 2021

I decided to switch up the bicycle handlebar situation a bit by putting the Upanbike swept riser bars that were on Mango onto Rossa, then putting the butterfly bars, which were sitting in the garage, back on Mango. Once I replaced Rossa’s flat bars with the riser bars, the riding experience is so much more comfortable!

Rossa is an old mountain bike, and bikes of that era had the handlebars way out front over the front wheel. Modern mountain bikes position the bars farther back (as well as different overall geometry) so the risk of going over the bars is lessened. I don’t take Rossa on any downhills, so for me I just wanted the more comfortable upright position, and the Upanbike handlebars certainly help. It’s so much more fun for me now! As an added bonus, I think they look really sharp. 😁

If you have time, come with me as I take the Rossa’s “new” handlebars for a spin around the neighborhood:

Evening Cloudspotting

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/6.4, 1/1500 sec, ISO640
“Cumulonimbus” Cedar Park, 2021

The clouds were beautiful this evening! A slow bicycle ride while cloudspotting is a wonderful way to spend an hour or two.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/6.4, 1/850 sec, ISO640
“Rossa and Distant Cloud” Cedar Park, 2021
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/7.1, 1/600 sec, ISO640
“Cumulonimbus” Cedar Park, 2021

Deer Ride with Rossa

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/8, 1/110 sec, ISO640
“Rossa and Deer” Cedar Park, 2021

This evening I went with Rossa (my red Bianchi) to go look for some deer. There’s a nearby neighborhood in which I always see them, so I thought it would be a fun ride.

I also fixed up Rossa with the white Retrospec saddle, new white handlebar grips, and a pair of new tires. Everything was very inexpensive, totaling about $50. Add another $5 for the cabling to get her in safe riding condition and I am very happy!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/8, 1/140 sec, ISO640
“White Grips” Cedar Park, 2021

I like the red and white color scheme. It’s fun and seems very 80s.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“Rossa” Cedar Park, 2021

And of course we did see plenty of deer on the ride as evidenced by the first photo in the post. If you want to ride along with us virtually, hop on your stationary bike and put the video below on your laptop or tablet. 😁

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/170 sec, ISO640
“Rossa” Cedar Park, 2021

The Third Bicycle

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27.7mm, f/3.2, 1/10 sec, ISO3200
“Bianchi” Cedar Park, 2021

Some of you more perceptive readers might have noticed that not only did I bring my Peugeot bicycle home, but I also took my brother’s old Bianchi mountain bike. It’s in better condition than the Peugeot was, so it just needs some new cables and will be ready to go.

Did you know that Bianchi is the oldest bicycle brand in the world? I didn’t know that before today. At any rate, this bicycle is from around 1990 and is a type of bicycle that is popular right now: vintage mountain bikes. I guess people like the steel frames, rigid forks, and old geometry. I’d like to customize it a bit with some new tires, a new saddle and maybe a front rack. We’ll see!