[quote]Dirty Tiger wrote:
Nice bike Makk! Classic Brit elegance. The Brooks saddle and leather bar wraps give it a very cool look.
If I didn’t live in the Rocky Mtns I would build up a single speed/fixed Cross Check.
I have a Monocog 29er MTB and a 26er Monocog, single speeds are great fun.
Around here you would have to run the drivetrain at around 65 gear inches if you wanted to do any long climbs…which means you would be spinning-out half the time.[/quote]
Thanks - loads of cycle couriers ride this here at the moment. Yeah, and I like the classic elegance of it myself - so did the fucker who stole my back wheel in the first six weeks I had it. Luckily I was insured, and now it sports about 25% of its value in locks…
Although I grow up very close to the Alps, and have hiked some, I never got into mountain biking. As I didn’t use to have a driving licence until my early thirties, I have used my old 21 gear Schauff Catalonia (great workhorse) to cycle from the train station to the base of the mountain and walk from there.
I guess that wouldn’t work in the Rockies though. Good choice though with the cross-check as it gives you both options. I’m mechanically challenged, so I can’t build anything without hurting myself in the process - so good on you, and post some pics.