I understand that most of you aren't terribly interested in the nuts and bolts on my bicycle, but for those of you who are, here's the rundown:
Bicycle: 1999 Trek 520
Wheels: Deore 36-spoke hubs with Velocity Dyad rims
Sadle: Brooks Champion Flyer
Handlebars: Nitto Noodle
Front Rack: Nitto Big Front Rack
Back Rack: Delta
Tires: 35mm Schwalbe Marathon Supreme
Crankset: Sugino Aerotour 48/36/24
Cassette: Shimano 7-Speed 11/34
Kickstand: Pletscher Twin Leg
Fenders: Planet Bike
Derailleurs: Front: Shimano RSX Rear: Shimano Deore
Brakes: Shimano Cantilever
Brake Levers: Tektro
Shifters: Dura Ace 9-Speed Bar Ends Set to Friction
I bought this bicycle a couple of years ago. It was in pretty bad shape and I had a couple of break-downs the first overnight trip I took. Over time and after many adventures, I learned what needed to be replaced and what kind of components to add. I have stripped this old steel horse down to the frame and rebuilt it from the ground up.
I've learned a lot about bicycle touring, bicycle maintenance and how to make roadside repairs. It's been a lot of fun. I think I have it just about right, but I know in the next twelve months, I'll be doing a lot of dialing in and refining.
This old bicycle and I have been through a lot together and I've bonded with it in a crazy kind of way. I know every screw and bearing and I'm confident that I can fix anything that goes wrong.
I guess that's a good idea since I'm going to be riding it around the world...