Birthday dynamo ordered. SP PD-8.
Hopefully collect the rest of the wheel bits and get them built when payday comes around now
That Velo Orange Piolet fork:
I'm starting to wonder if it might just work in the original blue. Maybe.
Here's a pic from last night for good measure
Idle interneting has led to 2" conti race kings being on their way for this
Very in to this. My bike has ended out going through a similar process to yours and have just received a pair of WTB Resolutes to try my hand at cross. Big tyres + steel + drops are just a consistently rowdy time
Yes! Glad you're feeling it. I'm having so much fun on this atm.
Here it is with stupid new tyres:
Looks simple and fun, nice!
Got a small tour lined up in late July so this is going to need a bit of investment finally
Wheel build will go ahead
Some form of rear rack (will be carrying the bulk of kit for 2 people)
Maybe a practical steel fork depending on how much stuff there is
In the meantime this has been doing great at commuting, rides with the fixed guys, and bashing around the woods.
I think long term the best tyre setup is gonna be semi-knobbled 42s, with 60mm guards. Plenty of room for mud etc. Today's ride has taught me that I absolutely need guards. That'll last until winter when I decide I need to ride cross again no doubt.
Did I miss how you fitted rear disc ?
Must have done
Damn, was hoping it was some kind of neat little adaptor.
Would da 7800 cranks with a narrow wide chainring be a bit much for this?
I have a set, and can't see myself going back to standard on my road bike so it's use them or sell them.
Life's too short, just chuck them on.
Yeah you're right, they'll stay.
I finally dropped off bits for the wheel build today, which is exciting.
Have been psyching myself up for adding gears and guards and going back to proper functional, and then I saw this:
It's just so good. Makes me want to soldier forward with the impracticality of ss and knobby tyres. Is it the fixie of bikepacking?
Weirdly I’m super psyched for going from gears and mudguards to fixed impracticality! And waiting on my wheel build for that.
I mean you're right in a way, they will be a bit much, but I say use the nice stuff on this bike unless you have an alternative project in the works.
I've done some bikepacking on my single speed pompetamine. But I would say fixed bike packing has got to be the way, just ask @mostly_by_bike
I never ran the crosscheck fixed but it's supposed to be decent. Keen to see how your build turns out.
I've got a rim under my desk which is to be built up fixed, at least partially inspired by those scottish fixed gravellers.
I rode it fixed for a couple of weeks on the current wheels with a bolt on cog, but I wasn't confident of the qr or chainline so never really got the most out of it. I sometimes wonder if it's a non-starter, with the peaks being so sharp and steep, but the only thing to do is try!
Just took this around Clayton Vale (dark blue route, I'm not a madman) for lunch. Went in ballsy as fuck with road pressures in the tyres and nearly immediately died bouncing off rocks left right and centre. Once I cooled off a bit and dropped a load of pressure from the tyres it was amazing fun, I've been missing out. I'm also absolutely hopeless still off-road though. Also over-geared. Anyway, a pic:
PS I'm looking for a steel fork w/ mounts & 10sp downtube shifter for this atm, if anyone knows of anything please let me know.
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