I've recently bought a mountain bike and have been told in no uncertain terms that another bike must go, so I'm selling my utility / camping build, which I love but have barely used so have accepted that the game's up.
It's based around an S&G Muddy Fox Explorer vintage steel MTB frame - one of the earliest MTBs of all and THE earliest Muddy Fox, before the company was even called Muddy Fox. Its geometry is nice and relaxed but not too crazy like the early Dawes Ranger. I'd say it's very similar to a Surly LHT.
I found the frame after a lot of searching and posting of wanted ads as I was obsessed with finding a steel MTB with three-piece (as opposed to unicrown) forks... which I think are pretty fine. The frame was in a pretty bad way so I renovated it, had a couple of bits repaired and some braze-ons added, had it powder-coated then built it up with a mixture of new parts and parts from my previous build. You can read about it here (LFGSS) if you like.
- Top tube 57.5cm CTC; seat tube CTC 48cm / CTT 51cm. I'm 5'9 if it helps, and given the relatively long TT it could fit someone taller if paired with a longer stem.
- Nitto technomic stem
- VO Tourist bars with VO cork grips (the grips will be new as I've taken a chunk out of one of the existing ones and haven't got round to replacing it til now)
- Shimano levers with Tektro CR720 cantis
- Front Shimano dynamo hub laced to Ryde 2000 rim. Nothing special but tough and true.
- Rear Shimano Alfine 8 hub laced to Rigida Sputnik rim. The rim is virtually new, with only 50 miles on it. Built up by Andy Panks at AP Cycles / Specialised Cycles, Norwich.
- Surly Singleator
- Schwalbe Marathon Mondial tyres, 559 x 50mm
- Sugino RD2 170mm crankset with Gebhardt 39T chainring
- DMR V8 pedals
- Lights: B&M Cyo IQ front; Dtoplight (I think) rear
- SKS mudguards
- Tortec rear rack (n.b. a new silver one, not the black one in the pic)
- Kalloy Uno seatpost and Brooks B17 Flyer Special saddle in brown
- Crane brass bell
N.B. doesn't come with front rack, as I'm transferring that to another bike.
The bike has barely been used, with only 200 miles on it (except the rear rim which is newer). Some parts have been around longer - the Alfine hub was second-hand, for instance.
I think it'd also look good with drops and minus the mudguards and rack. Either way it's pretty versatile - you could keep as is or tweak very easily.
I'd like £400. I'm in Newcastle upon Tyne, but I can post at cost if necessary.