I promised to post pictures of my Downtube modifications, but never did:
1. Yesterday I got a puncture flat from some road debris (only the second front tire flat I've gotten in my entire bicycling career!).
2. When I replaced the tube the new one exploded upon inflation.
3. After I replaced the exploded tube with another new one I woke up to find it deflated again (this time punctured from the spoke/rim-tape).
4. Now I'm outta 20" tubes (and I won't use the ones they sell locally...I've found the secret to getting 20" tires on/off easily is to use narrow 1.25"-1.5" tubes...oh and if you also use Stop Flats brand tire liners you won't get flats either), so I break out the patch kit and the glue is dried out!
The gods are punishing me! So in order to satisfy their anger I'm posting these pictures ASAP:
Here was the original bike (as you can see I like to carry stuff...that's a 12-pack of paper towels on the rack).
Here's the bike with new fork, stem-riser, handlebars, and front wheel (I'm carrying bottles for cash deposit).
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I never used to be the type to carry anything on the handlebars (not even a pharmacy pick-up hanging in a little baggie), but now I love it (can't envision myself wanting to use a rack). The key seems to be that the load is laterally centered and low.
I also really like this handlebar setup, very fast, very light, very aero, very comfortable, and handles very nicely. Only thing is it puts a lot more leverage on the stem-riser, so there's stem flex when I pull on the horns (or the black aero-horns), but it's ok if I try to restrict my pulling to the flats.