B&M, B17, Bar Wrap, bosco, brooks, compass, hammered, harlequin, honjo, Luxos, Miyata, resurrectio, rivendell, sackville
I have an old mountain bike that has become one of my favorites. Not sure why, but I think it’s the pump peg. It’s always the simple things that give flame to our obsessions.
The Miyata has a few issues, but I’ve solved a lot of them in the past year, getting rid of the front rack and basket (too much trail to handle well), and adding the awesomely great Compass 1.75″ tires. They are like Hetres for a 26er, but with useful tread. I even harlequined the hell out of the boscos. OK – there are a few other things that need changing, like the crappy VO crankset, slippy MKS pedals, and plain old Brooks B17, and I may have the frame powder coated some day, but I’ll leave that for a while and keep enjoying the retro color scheme. I also needed lights for the perfectly good unused Shimano dyno hub. Enter the Luxos B:
Another problem with said bike in that it had ugly black fenders. Those had to go even though they were perfectly adequate (well – not really – they were too short to keep the front splashes off my feet in really big puddles). I picked up some NOS 26″ hammered Honjos last year intending them for this bike but uninstalled due to time commitments.
I took it for the inaugural ride today and had no rattles, log-jams, or other inconveniences. It is still living up to a favorite! This will be my winter ride. I may even use it on a brevet if the main bike is in repair…
Oh yeah – the bell is totally divine! Multiple timbres and tons of decay, while not being too intrusive/obnoxious.
This frame is 25 years old, but it’s starting to have a new life. I’m guessing it will go at least another quarter century if these fenders do their job in rainy Seattle…
David P. said:
Put a pair of the Compass 1.75″ on last year (Christmas present). I enjoy the greatly.
Andrew Viles said:
Just wondering what your issues are with the VO cranks?
The crank is weak. It bends enough when I pedal that the chainring pushes out and the chain rubs on my derailleur on the power down-stroke. Annoying. Anyway, I have a nice older SunTour XC-Pro Micro-drive that’s going on this bike. Awesome ride home tonight. This thing is a freight train!
Andrew Viles said:
Good to know about the cranks. Old steel MTB’s work so well as commuters.
Nice fender line! I’m curious what you think of the hub and light.
Do you think the Shimano hub is equal to that of Schmidt?
What about the Luxos light? As good or better than Schmidt?
I like the light, but haven’t yet had it out for a real night ride yet. Will get one in this week. Side lighting is much better. The hub is not equal to the Schmidt in any way other than power output. It works just fine, however.