At some time in the recent past, a Kogswell 650B Porteur style bicycle
came across my radar and I thought it was just about the best looking
bike for an all-rounder I had seen.
had also seen the arrival of my son who is now 6 months old and
the departure of any discretionary income. A new, out-of-the-box
Kogswell P/R was out-of-the-question.
we're blessed in my town to have one of the world's greatest dumps.
(Transfer Station is more politically correct, but it sounds better
if you say you "found it at the dump.")
an early winter trip to our dump, I found a late 1990's white Specialized
RockHopper. It worked perfectly, but moreover it was perfect for
what I had in mind. During late-night feedings up in the nursery
I plotted out how I would convert the dump bike into a Kogswell
P/R. On the first warmish day in January, I stripped it down and
primed it up. (I would have to wait for late February for a warm
enough day to paint and clear coat.)
on the bike, except the paint, is from the dump; Ritchey City Slicks,
Grip Shifts, Planet Bike fenders, Brooks-style saddle, Deore derailluer,
etc., etc. The bike features a homemade rack modeled after a CETMA
rack, constructed from the framework of a Wald basket rack, as well
as the remaining trim pieces from our kitchen cabinet renovations.
I decided to strip down the gearing to an eight speed, with a granny
gear option should the need, and the hill, arise.
basic errands, the cooler bag quickly detaches and goes over the
shoulder (very convenient when purchasing a 24 pack). Or the bag
is removed and the rack is capable of holding heavy and wide loads,
like beach chairs and umbrellas--that is, if the snow ever melts.
still not quite sure what to call it, but Kogalized is what I've
come up with. I'm open to suggestions.
Cape Elizabeth, Maine