Gone are the winter wheels, the derailleur, and the oddly-mounted shifter. I also ditched the rear rack and the Nitto QR saddlebag mount. But most importantly, no studded tires.
Instead, it’s now single-speed (a mellow 39x16t) using a pair of bright blue Surly/Aerohead wheels wearing Clement USH 35mm tires. Jones Bend bars (660mm, silver) with Tektro levers, thick bartape grips, and a SpurCycle bell (silver).
But the biggest change is the front rack and basket: a Nitto Mark’s rack with a large Wald basket, a Rivendell Sackville ShopSack, a cargo net, and a pair of Sea-to-Summit straps.
It’s not perfect yet, but it’s getting there.
In particular, I’m not quite happy with the flexy, bounciness of the Wald basket, even with the straps helping suspend the basket from the handlebar (in the typical Rivendell fashion). It seems clear that the basket is just too big for such a small rack.
Since I want something more solid, I’ll try it with a Surly front rack, which is both wider and deeper (and will also allow me to carry panniers). If that doesn’t work, I’ll use a smaller basket, or perhaps reinforce the larger one with a wooden deck.
The stem is probably also too short, but that’s a quick swap the next time it’s in the shop.