I thought it's time to do update this thread on some little bits I've been working on.
I'm about to start a new job with the opportunity of a decent commute by bike something that hasn't been necessary for a few years now and this got me excited about re-building my AWOL as a winter commuting tank.
First port of call was to move over the dynamo wheelset from my Curve and undertake something I've been avoiding for years, namely going tubeless. I picked up a couple of Muc-off sets on sale recently and upon arrival they seem pretty comprehensive. As a complete novice I had no problem getting an old pair of WTB riddlers to seat and hold air, the rim tape in particular I found easy to apply and the sealant pouch even has measurements for different tyres sizes printed on along with a transparent window.
Next I added a Nitto lamp holder to my M18 front rack and installed a B+M IQ-X up front along with a toplight line rear light down at the non-drive side dropout. For a brief moment I thought about ordering one of the fairlight 3d printed mounts but instead I found an IS to post mount brake adapter in my parts box which seems to hold it on fairly well. I wanted the cable run to be as neat as possible so I heatshrinked the dyanamo cable to the brake hose starting at the down tube all the way to just before the dropout and installed some supernova gold connectors there for good measure.
As for gearing I'd been toying with the idea of going for a wider ratio cassette for loaded riding and where I'm headed also has plenty of hills. I'm a big fan of Sunrace cassettes which shift well and last a long time for the cost so I picked up one of their massive 11-46 numbers. This I paired with a 42t chainring on a set of new shimano deore cranks.
I had a set of Sram Force 1 shifters that came with the Boardman however the accompanying Force derailleur seems to have some issues getting up into the largest cog which leads me to suspect that the cage is bent). So instead I opted for a 12 speed GX eagle mtb derailleur. As standard this isn't compatible with the 11-speed shifters because it has a different pull ration but this is easily remedieded by simply swapping the cable fin between the two derailleurs. After trying it out shifting is great and this means that if I wanted to go for an even larger 11-50 cassette in the future I can just stick it straight on.