Repeats: 'rim brakes are dead, rim brakes are dead'
Only someone with grand delusions will buy a new bike with rim brakes in 2020
That's great. They usually seem to be built up as odd-shaped, confused rando jumbles, but that works.
That’s me! I’m waiting for a good price on a 54cm grey frameset.
I’m planning to build it up next summer using bits from my Concorde 650b, dt shifter 2x10 oddity (which has been really great - my most-ridden bike). It’ll be an audax and general night-ride and wetbeik.
I don’t have anything against disc brakes but I can’t be bothered buying new wheels and tools and I’ll take the kilo weight saving and easy wheel rebuilding of rimjobs over ‘epic modulation’ right now.
I disagree, there's still a place for rim brakes, but it's on a bike that never leaves the road!
Edit: might get one actually.
That's the answer I was hoping for, that looks exactly what I'm looking for. What size is it, how tall are you and how big are the tyres
That one is not mine I am afraid, but apparently that is a 2.4 front and 2.3 rear. Reminds me of an Elephant NFE.
Mine has 48mm tires on. I am 181cm and it’s a 56 which is what I’d ride in a steamroller, CC or anything else really. I have now sorted the front rack so it’s level and have a bigger bag on the front!
Which brakes are you running?
It looks incredible - nice build!
Cheers! Paul Neo Retros. They’ve been great so far.
what are the odds of you buying a canti frame? 15/1 ?
Almost bought a Pack Rat, chickened out and went for a parts-bin Midnight Special build. Half finished but went out anyway, rides nice enough so far.
Still got rim brakes on the Pacer. Got road fixed/fixed road plans for that.
Depends how much I get snag one for!
That looks great. Love those meaty guards!
I was similarly on the fence, just went the other way in the end. I feel like, for most people’s use, the MS and Pack Rat have largely superseded the Straggler and CC. The geometries just seem to work a bit better.
You ride a 56? Ison have an ex-demo Pack Rat going for what it would have cost had it been around 10 years ago... https://www.ison-distribution.com/english/demo-bikes.php
Very nice. Frame pumps FTW.
Gearing looks heroic.
Anyone got a spare set of steamroller forks? I bought and sold some on here but have still have a niggling idea for a project...
Cheers in advance!
Chapeau for building my dream bike.
Heh! It's 46-14x28. Fine on flats and towpaths. Will dig out an inner ring for the full rando 46/30 2x6 setup.
The thinking person’s hero.
I've not posted here for a while. My Straggler still keeps making me smile and has been getting a decent amount of use this summer.
Question for any straggler owners: how do you find the sizing?
long and low, like the crosscheck
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