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zigbit

Member since Feb 2018 • Last active Oct 2019
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    Looking smart, particularly like the fabric, got a source?

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    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.

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    Any issues with using a hub (specifically a Shimano DH-3D32) with a 20" wheel, for the front of a cargo bike, that I need to be aware of? Given the faster rotational speed over a 700c wheel.

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    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.

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    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..

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    DIY bike about ready for the trip, just need a frame bag. Side entry cage, Garmin top cap mount and a bodged fitting to hold an emergency light (that had a broken bracket) all in place.

    Dug out my fiancée's bike for a tidy up, she's doesn't cycle a lot but it's nice to have something to cruise round on every so often. It's an early 90's Univega Alpina 508. Picked it up for £40 if I remember rightly a couple of years ago and added the largest 26" slicks that'd fit and swept riser bars/32mm 25.4 stem as the TT is reasonably long even in the tiny size. She's 5'0 and it fits comfortably now.

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    Progress! Settled into the new house/job back home in Shropshire. Finally have a more reasonable sized shed (though not huge by a long shot), with room to store bikes/brazing kit/leave jig set up. Fairly set on a full size (Bullitt style) cargo bike as the next big project, but reusing an old 26" mtb frame for the rear end.

    In the mean time a few tidying up jobs for the RoadRat and N°1. Commuting daily to work on the RR now, though Shrops is hillier than York, so got a DMR mech hanger to convert to 1x9 XT. Brazed on gear cable guides and a boss to the rack for the dynamo light. Then a (very) rough and ready black rattle can job on the bare bits to keep it from rusting before a proper powdercoat. Still needs a chainstay bridge before I can fit guards.

    N°1 is being used in two weeks for the Adriatic Crest which requires more water carrying capacity, so brazed two more bottle mounts on. One on the DS seatstay (annoyingly calliper gets in the way on the other side) and one on the TT for a small bottle and side entry cage, totally 4x800ml + 1x600ml. Switched to flats too as I struggled with achilles pain with spds after a few days on the last longer tour. Still to do before the trip:

    1. Make new framebag to fit around two inner triangle bottles (waiting on zip).
    2. More sealant in tyres.
    3. Top cap Garmin mount.
    4. Hunt out spare spokes.
    5. NW ring for RR.
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    @M_V great idea for a thread. Hopefully get back up to speed and started on the new frame sometime this month after a house/job move. Plenty of questions to come, I'm sure.

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    Threaded for m8? Would certainly be interested in a set if you were to make anymore. Really could do with a lathe of my own..

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