Thanks for posting these. It's fascinating to see what people come up with.
While on a tour, while going through Mill Valley, I crossed paths with a guy who had done some very similar things with his bike! I even wonder if it might be the same guy.
The front rack was similar. It seemed almost like a work of art -- something an art student might come up with as a project.
He wore those gray leather work gloves instead of cycling gloves. The leather was black instead of gray where the leather made contact with the bars.
The Jandd panniers he had were *very* faded -- like those in the pictures here, but more so. They had actually faded to a fairly uniform light gray. They looked good that way, though. I've never seen any (formerly) black panniers that far faded out.
He said the front rack was heavy, but he didn't mind.
He said the reason he built those racks was because he kept bending forks. His front racks are designed (in part at least) to strengthen against and prevent this.
I wonder if it's the same guy, or if they know each other?
Stinson isn't that far from Mill Valley, and he said he liked getting out on Mt. Tam, and had been doing so for years. He obviously did a lot of riding around Marin. He had a very interesting and very alive sense of aesthetics going on in his life (boots, clothes, music, inventions, other things) -- he was strongly engaged on that level.
He was conscious of the (somewhat unusual) aesthetic aspects and the genuine appeal (to him, and to some others who shared the engagement) of his designs.
He was creative, and was a very interesting guy; we had a quite lively and engaging discussion, and I'm glad I was able to meet him.
Thanks again for posting these.
Last edited by Niles H.; 03-22-08 at 03:06 PM.