|Photo from spring, the last time the sun was out.|
How great is that for speeding up while flying downhill?
Awesome! Scary! Have I ever done it? No!
How great is that for a moderate climb while carrying bags?
Ugh. I maxed out in Arnhem one time. Arnhem.
I asked at my local shop if they could add a triple ring in the front (The back cassette is tougher to change, my hub has an non-standard spline or something), but no... it wasn't advisable, it wouldn't fit, it wasn't possible, why not overhaul the whole thing with some bling, etc.
Luckily, I was familiar with M-gineering from a wheelbuilding workshop almost two years ago, as well as by running into Marten at various fietswandelbeurs events. We even have some friends in common. Small country.
On his website, there is a "hard to find" TA triple converter for vintage bicycles. Hurrah!
And, my bicycle got exactly what it needed.
(So you know, there is a limit to what I will do... I want to keep it as unchanged as possible while being fully functional. I know it will never be as sturdy as a modern tourer, or as light and fast as a road bicycle. My main goal is to be able to ride it on long day trips around the area of Santa Barbara and "wine country" with bags -- gotta carry the wine somehow.)
I'm ready for some more than moderate hills.
(Uh-oh, I forgot about downhill and improving the brakes... )