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Hammered aluminum fenders? Upgrading accessories or upgrading the bike . . .

Posted Nov 02 2011 10:34pm
Hammered aluminum fenders anyone?
Hard to believe now as I write this but my first look at hammered aluminum fenders was at September's Interbike in Las Vegas!  Always the last to know, of course, but they are stunning.  True things of beauty.  I first past them at the Velo Orange exhibit, which unfortunately, I did not get to spend any time, despite the intention of going back to check them out further.  Luckily, I noticed similar fenders on some roadsters at the Electra exhibit.

I believe this model is from Electra's Ticino collection.  Lovely. 
So elegant and understated.  I couldn't stop picturing them on my Breezer Uptown 8.  Hammered aluminum fenders against the ruby red finish of the Uptown 8?  It makes my heart go a-flutter.  As some of you might recall, I go back and forth about upgrading to a Workcycles Oma but the Breezer Uptown 8 really is a great ride to which I'm very emotionally attached.  Why not just make some upgrades to it instead by buying a whole knew bike at considerable expense?  New hammered aluminum fenders and perhaps Busch and Muller hub dynamo lighting with the lamp repositioned on the front fork so that I can attach a large Basil basket on the handlebars?  Maybe that's all I need?  Will that bring my obsession with the Workcycles Oma to an end?  I don't know.  Did I mention my new obsession with Bromptons?  Readers, I welcome your thoughts.
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