Even a Guardian needs a cosmic watchful eye…
Dustin’s Chris King rasta headset with a green Cosmic Rocket Cap.
If we’re not blogging on about purple bike parts, we’re always looking out for other rad anodised stuff.
Whilst in Vancouver, Todd and I checked out the outdoor store Mountain Equipment Co-op, where we found these awesome anodised titanium Sporks by Japanese brand Snow Peak.
We just had to buy matching polo bike colours (Todd green, me blue). Besides, in our opinion, a Spork is another essential travel / court side item.
Whilst travelling RTW with my polo bike, it’s been important to travel light, yet still make sure I have all the essential tools to build / break down my bike or fix majority of problems, either by the road or court side.
This is currently what essential tools I have in my kit…
When people see my bike for the first time, one of the most talked about parts on it is the detachable water bottle cage.
As part of my travels, I have spent so much time riding my polo bike around cities on hot summer days, being able to carry a water bottle has been essential. Then when I get to polo, I can just snap it off in an instant and I’m ready to play.
The cage mount is made by German company SKS. Any cage will fit on it, but I decided to go with a plastic model from Top Peak. I primarily liked the design but also the colour option – gold matches my hubs ;-)
Surprisingly a lot of people haven’t seen these brands before, but I’m sure they’ve got distribution in most countries, just get onto your local bike shop to order.
Once the Paul Component has been signed off as meeting the grade, it get’s passed over to the assembly and packing room.
On our travels through California, we took a slight detour to the small town of Chico to visit the lovely folk at Paul Components.
Having built up a great relationship over the past few years through email, it was nice to finally put some faces to the names behind the brand as well as look at how some of the most beautiful bike parts around are made.
We were greeted at the front door of the unassuming factory (although they like to call it the “shop”) by Kate Carmichael – a key cog in the Paul Components team.
After a catch up on each others latest doings; Kate had just got back from Bespoked Bristol, which she added was a huge success for the brand, we were ready for the famous guided shop tour. I was like an excited child the night before Christmas…