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Periwinkle blue is NOT planned as a production color.
summer I was invited to build up and test a Kogswell prototype for
what would become a Porteur/Randonneur bike. The trick is that there's
one frame with your choice of three forks, each with a different
amount of trail. Simply pick the fork for your preferred application
and you're good to go. It works very well. Production frames should
be available by June 2006 and orders are being taken now. Details
bike was originally built up and tested as a Porteur (French cargo
bike with large front rack). After a month of that testing, I was
ready to rebuild it with a different fork that would allow me to
run it as a rough-stuff roadie commuter.
bike handles very well with no noticeable toe overlap, and the 650B
wheels make for surprisingly nimble-but-smooth handling, even with
the fatter tires shown here. The compact overall design of the frame
means that women as well as men can ride it (the top tube for this
56.3 cm model is only 54cm!).
built mine with 650B x 40 tires and a very basic 14-speed friction
drivetrain, using a combination of used and affordable new/aftermarket
parts. The only place I didn't skimp was on the the wheels, since
present 650B offerings for rims are double-walled, excellent quality
and a bit more expensive. My goal is to take some all-day rides
along the Springwater Corridor later this summer; maybe even an
overnight to Oxbow Park and back. If you're considering 650B, here's
a really nice way to get into it.