Here’s my all-rounder bike, built in homage to the Rivendell Atlantis and other steel all roaders. But, me being the tightfisted swine that I am, I’ve managed to scrape the bike together from recycled, donated and ebayed parts, plus a few niceties than I’m adding piecemeal as time goes on.
Here’s the (current) spec:
- Frame: Saracen Hybrid Frame of unknown vintage, resprayed green – chromo, tig welded, lots of braze-ons and clearance for big (700×45 tyres) – heavy but tough and nicely proportioned.
- Fork: SJS Cycles chromo unicrown with lowrider eyelets – like the frame, clearance for big tyres, probably 42c with guards.
- Shifters: Shimano Ultegra Bar End (run in friction mode)
- Derailleurs: Front: Deore LX, Rear Deore
- Chainset: Suntour Superbe road triple with SJS chainguard outer ring, 39t singlespeed middle and 30t inner (great gear range and no torn trouser hems)
- Saddle – Brooks B17 Honey – it’s the business
- Guards – SKS P45s with homebrew front mudflap (made from car floor mat)
- Handlebars: On-One Mungos with shellac-finished brown Tressostar cloth tape
- Brakes: Froggleg cantis
- Levers: Tektro R200
- Stem: Nitto Technomic 90mm (beautifully made and unfeasibly tall)
- Rack: Nitto M18 – only 370 grammes, a minor work of art, currently rigged as a saddlebag support for…
- Saddlebag: Carradice Pendle (green and honey)
There’s lots of other parts but their mostly dull and not worth mentioning – the bits mentioned above are what makes it what it is – i.e. a bike capable of long distance day rides, loaded touring, camping, commuting, recreational cross, off-road scorching, you name it – it’s spent time as a singlespeed and a 1×8 setup. I change it all the time, as you will see…