Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fenders and Used Clothing

Yesterday evening I figured that I would install a pair of SKS fenders on my bike. They've been sitting in my garage for a while. It didn't take long to realize that the rear supports on my rack are spaced very close together and aren't compatible with the front support stays on the fenders. After alot of frustrating and fruitless effort, I decided that I would just replace the rack. I was going to do it anyway. I'm sure I could modify the fender in some way, but to be honest, I just wasn't up to it.

It seemed like such a simple job.

I stopped by a clothing resale shop the other day with the hope of finding vintage wool sweaters for winter riding, or even a couple of items for an upcoming tweed ride. Unfortunately they hadn't put out their winter clothing yet. I didn't find any tweed either. I did find this Columbia fishing vest. With all the pockets and storage, I thought this might be a useful item of clothing to wear on my next bike camping trip. I can keep all of my frequently used small items in the pockets and free up some space in my panniers. It was under $10 so I snatched it up.

There is a large single pocket on the back of the vest that should be very useful.

I also picked up this practically new Filson hunting shirt for under $10. I learned about this company through Archival Clothing.

Might as well have the best.

Speaking of bike camping, Chandra (GreenCommotion) and Chris (Pondero) have hit the road for a multi-day tour. Check out their photo at Trinity Bicycles blog. The weather has taken a turn for the worse, I hope they stay dry.


  1. You picked an inspirational day to put fenders on. I like my own SKS fenders.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about the fender/rack incompatibility, but what a nice clothing find!

    For various reasons that were not weather-related, the multi-day tour was simply an overnighter. For reasons that were weather-related, I did not stay dry.

  3. Sorry to hear about those fenders. I've got sks fenders on my fixed commuter and really love them. You know how when you walk a bike around "upright" around the house or elsewhere? I keep bashing the rear fender on the ground or floor that way, yet no sign of a crack in 2+ years... they're pretty tough. I'm glad you'll stick with 'em and replace the rack.

    Fishing vest! Of course! Really!

  4. That fishing vest reminds me of one I bought in the early 90s. I used it when I biked or hiked, as I did not fish (for fish). I think you can also use it as a Photographer's vest. I have a Tenba vest which is very similar in looks.

    Great finds, as usual!

    Peace :)

  5. Filson is good stuff. I have a "tin cloth" Filson field jacket that is probably 40 years old, belonged to one of my uncles. Still very serviceable. I like Filson, most of their stuff is still made in the USA.