As soon as the roadrat has mudguards it will get 10/10 as commuter bike from me!
Getting close with it, still need a dynamo rear light and to make up a bracket for it too.
Next project will be a full size cargo bike, I want to speed things up and re-use an existing frame from the headtube back. I've considered using the Plug frame but suspect it would be too noodly and lacks clearance. So I've been keeping an eye out for the last few weeks for a 26" MTB frame, ideally disc.
This popped up this weekend on eBay and I'm off to pick it up tomorrow, for what I think it a good price. A 26" Genesis IO SS in Reynolds 725. Decent selection of bits on it, including Mavic wheels, Hope stem, Surly fork, SLX brakes, FSA direct mount cranks and a complete set of new consumables (tyres/pads/Conti tubes/XT bb/FSA headset). Parts will mostly transfer to the cargo bike along with either an X7 3x10/X01 1x11 groupset and a dynamo 20" front wheel.
I suspect it might turn out to be too nice to chop up, but we'll see..
As expected I'm now conflicted. It's turned out to be in even better condition than it looked from the photos, barely a mark on the 10yr old frame and pretty much all parts as new bar the bars. Going to think it over while I'm away the next couple of weeks then make a decision about chopping. I think it'd get more use as a cargo bike, but equally would make a great shitty weather/winter mtb.
One more crap photo from inside this evening (with bonus Ziggy), I'll try and get some better ones tomorrow if the weather picks up.
Oh black cat!
I couldn't chop that up I think.
But then steel hardtails with disc for a reasonable price are hard to find, and if the cargo bike works out it probably makes sense.
Chop it, it's only a bike!
Nice find that genesis, I don't think I'd want to chop it, partly depends how much you paid for it I guess, and if you've got room for it as an N+1 rather than chopping it.
Re: the water carrying on No.1 - maybe better off with a full frame bag and a bladder? That was one of my big takeaways when I toured with a frame bag and two bottles... but I do ride silly small frames tbf.
Can always buy tubing and make another!
Don't cut it. You'll never find another...
The Genesis is heaps of fun to ride, haven't ridden a steep angled, small wheeled mtb for ages. But it'll be getting the chop. Don't have room for +1 especially with a big cargo bike to accommodate. And hopefully it'll still be nice in its new form. Paid a smidge over £200 and tubing alone for the rear end of the cargo bike would be approaching £150, bike maths..
More pressingly, off tomorrow to ride the Adriatic Crest. Not such a fan of bladders, find it easier to keep track of how much I've drunk with bottles. Plus I can ride with DT/seatstay bottles empty until needed.
Bike chopping will commence when I'm home.
Croatia was fantastic, great weather for the time of year. We sacked off the actual Adriatic Crest route after day 2 due to the roughness of the off road sections (should have payed more attention to the advice about taking mountain bikes!) and followed a largely road route that was close to it. The roads were quiet and well surfaced, but everywhere else is hugely rocky!
Highlights included the climb away from the coast and the descent to Gospic, swimming daily in the sea, and the great bivy spots. The ride through the valley from Gospic to Gracac was sobering, large swathes of uncleared landmined farmland and plenty of abandoned houses riddled with bullet holes, a very real reminder of the war. Also saw bear scat on the only track through a 20km section of landmined forest, made for quick pedalling!
Guards now on the Roadrat for winter, pretty much complete as a commuter bar a rear dynamo light.
Guards on the RoadRat. Front spacing is well off and need to braze a chainstay bridge on rather than the rat's nest of cable ties currently holding it on, they're keeping me dry though. Also need to make some BIG diy flaps.
Great thread.. awesome work on the bags and the bike.. Did you just use a normal sewing machine for the bags??
Cheers! Yep, just a standard domestic one, nothing fancy. All the fabric I've used is reasonably robust and it hasn't struggled with it, or zips/velcro.
Great, thanks.. Might have to dig out the wife's one :-)
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