Ghetto Groad Grotto

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  • Yo, love this set up

  • 35 km ride on the Marin today, the B17 definitely needs to be broken in, but it's already better than the C15 was.

    The downtube shifter is ridiculously good in terms of performance, I don't recall ever having such swift gear changes. However, from an ergonomics standpoint... Well, I expected them to be fiddly and they are. I'll get some R2000 Claris STIs next year I guess, but I don't have to switch gears too much so it stays this way for now.

    Changing jockey wheels has helped a ton, the drivetrain is now extremely smooth and quiet. 1x8 is more than adequate for the time being. The fit is really good too, very comfy, I really dig the Gravel100 bars.

    Moving closer to work soon, which means I might commute when the weather's good, 22 km one way. Mudguards needed. But then with that I guess I'll go with narrower tyres. 32C Gravelkings maybe? Or might go with something that's even more tarmac-oriented. Lots of rambling. Minerva pics tomorrow.

  • Long overdue shots:


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  • And the purple/pink chainring bolts were so utterly crap that I just put the old ones back on...

  • Next project: commuter bike to leave at the station overnight

    • 700C (?)
    • Mudguards
    • Rack (?)
    • Dirt cheap
    • Preferably ugly

    To be used for roughly 35 mintues per day.
    Shouldn't be hard finding something with the specs above, given this is the Netherlands and these bikes are literally everywhere...

  • yooo that's sick

  • Both the Marin and the Minerva are brilliant, great details!

  • roughly 35 mintues per day

    Is over 5 hours per week if you're making the journey daily, so it's probably best to go for an 'inexpensive parts bin build' which will end up far too nice to be locked at the station... it's the bike nerd's eternal problem.

  • It's about 18 minutes one way, so technically only 3 hours (as for 5 days).
    Original plan was using the Minerva for the purpose, but it's not too subtle, nor particularly functional. The dream would be catching a CrMo touring bike from the golden 1990-95 era for less than €50-ish, tossing a high rise stem and some comfy bars on and letting it rip.

    +Heldring +zigbit
    Thanks lads, appreciated!

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