Out go my sexy Cinelli track drops, in place of risers and on goes the mudguard for the next 6 months or so. Its most depressing that lights become a resident and the nearest thing I've found to nice looking bike lights are those rubbery Knog fellas. Even though they look pretty ineffectual, with a fresh battery and set at a rakish angle they can give a pretty obnoxious dazzle.
I don’t like the sit up and beg riding position riser bars give but I reckon my back’ll thank me and the increase in torque when riding out of the saddle and climbing is noticeable. Also the slim but grippy Charge grips will make a big difference on wet, cold mornings rather than slipping about on naked drop bars. I’ll have to adopt the function over form philosophy to get over the decrease in aesthetics; I always think a track frame looks its best with deep drop bars, the only time risers suit are on a lo-pro set up, but that's just me.
In regards to the rear mudguard I don’t have a single bad word to say about that £2 piece of plastic attached with zip ties, as there's no better feeling than a dry bum on a rainy day.
Knog Lights start at £8 and can be bought here
Brev.M Riser bars start at £10.49 and can be bought here
Charge Grips start at £6.99 and can be bought here
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