have had this bike for about 2 years and I think it is now in enough
of a final build state to send in a few photos.
fans will recognize it as a '93 B-stone MB-2 that has been converted
to a road touring/commuter rig. This frame with it's original Ritchey-designed
"twin-plate" fork were sold to me with a lot of scratches in the
original tomato-red paint, but no major damage or rust so I figured
the $400-plus re-paint at cyclart would be worthwhile. Some folks
may call that crazy, but I love the result and think it adds a lot
to the value of the bike. The color is somewhat of a departure from
the original since it was only offered in white and red.
idea here was to emulate the idea of "mountain bike turned road
touring bike" page from the back of one of the b-stone catalogues,
I think from the late 80's, with a modern touch. The drivetrain
is shimano 9-speed with a ritchey WCS 34-50 crankset. This required
the use of a shimano triple BB to get clearance for the inner chain
ring. Seems to have worked out great so far. Bar end shifters, aero
brake levers and older XT cantilevers complete the parts spec. The
Nitto dirt drop stem and swept-back nitto bars of course, are the
keys to achieving a comfy upright position for this bike. Load-carrying
is handled in style with the standard Nitto rear rack. Mid-size
SKS fenders just in case I want to go with knobbies and take it
somewhere a little more rustic.
the Carraice rack-top bag I can handle only a day's worth of stuff
or a change of clothes for commuting. Eventually it will have matching
rear panniers, and at most, a handlebar bag to complete the baggage.
My ideal trip on this bike would not exceed 3-4 days un-supported.
Most likley it will be a credit card tourer.
the website and keep the photos coming everyone, they are great!