Sunday, February 01, 2015

Who Wants To Be A Papillionaire?

I've wanted this bike for years, which was weird because I had not ridden a bike since I was a kid (at least 15 years) and never used gears. Knowing nothing about bikes, I originally bought the 57cm 3-speed model which ended up being a bit too big, so I exchanged it for the 52cm version. Top marks for Papillionaire's customer service, they were very obliging and were patient with my newbie questions, even giving me a short lesson in dismounting.     

I've been riding it around my neighbourhood bike path early in the morning on the weekend, increasing the distance each time and now I have a few route variations.

The bike is pretty much fully pimped out now, the LED bullet headlight is pretty weak so I might buy an additional front light and I'll buy a proper saddlebag if I do bigger trips. The bottle-cage is a Velo-Orange Moderniste MK2, the pump velcro-tied to the rear rack is a Topeak Roadmorph G, the lock around seat-post is by Abus and the tool bag, saddle and grips are Papillionaire branded and made by Gyes. 

Since owning this bike I've read up a bunch on bicycles and if my interest in cycling continues I'd be interested in having a used 7 to 10-speed mixte built up with Albastache bars and inverse brake levers. We'll see. 

Watching: Parks and Recreation Season 7
Reading: Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller
Playing: Hitman Absolution and Max Payne 3

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