It's fun to see an old bike made anew. Even more fun to load it up for bike overnights and pass lycra clad roadies on the ride home!
In today's electronic world, we are never far from a charging chord and wall outlet. When on a bike tour, and want to take all your electronic gadgets along, you've got to figure out some way to charge them. If you are in hotels, hostels, or the Oregon Coast bike camping sites with outlets, you can simply charge every night. If you are like me, and frequent locations a little more remote, you need to get crafty.
Google "bike gun rack" and you'll find all sorts of redneckery. Most opt for, incorrectly in my opinion, a bicycle version of the classic back window pickup gun rack: two basic U shaped cradles mounted on the handle bars. Bike tourists and backpackers know the basic rule to gear hauling:
The premise behind the Road Plus system is using a smaller diameter rim (650b) in conjunction with a fatter than normal tire (47c) to achieve a similar overall diameter (rim+tire) as the 700x30c tires the bike was designed for. The result allows you to run a fatter than normal tire in your bike giving you more traction, flotation, and comfort: win, win, win.
As a child of the 80's, fanny packs are no stranger to me. I can remember a number of neon colored gems that I may have sported in conjunction with high-tops and a bowl cut. I'm not sure what I needed a pack for in those days, probably frooties and sling shot ammo. While the 80's were a fun time for a 6 year old, most of the fashion of that decade does not need to be recreated, with one exception: fanny packs.