First up: adding two bottle cages. Since this bike hails from the 1980s when frame pumps were positioned along the seat tube, the second cage resides under the frame between front wheel and crank. It's not ideal to swap bottles while riding, but it's nonetheless much needed extra storage.
I replaced the rear tire with Schwalbe's Marathon Tourgard. It has toothy tread with reflective sidewalls. The grooved surface should provide the traction I need on gravel rail trail.
I have new panniers too. I wanted a lightweight set with more space than my current commuters. Even though I used them on the Provence adventure, this time we'll haul more gear in less stable weather. I know for a fact that I won't be sipping espresso and devouring baguettes purchased at campsites.
|A bit of garden twine completes the look. I like the looks of shellac, however|
I'll pass that procedure this time. I'm happy with it's current style.
If you love mustache bars with shellacked cork tape, view owl boogies bars.
Except for some minor issues to deal with, the Miyata is all set to go.