This is the first bicycle I've built completely from scratch. I
took UBI's brazed steel frame building class a couple of years back,
and this is the final product of the process begun there. I wanted
to build a bike for fully loaded touring, capable of some mild off
road touring, such as dirt roads and towpaths. As a starting point
I looked at the design of my 1986 Miyata 1000, a great tourer in
its own right, and added a few tweaks. The most notable is the greater
tire clearances...while my 1000 barely takes 37mm Paselas under
SKS fenders, this bike easily allows for 42mm Schwalbe Marathon
Supremes under Velo Orange Zepellin fenders, with room to spare.
I've set the bike up with mostly modern parts: Sugino XD crank,
Shimano LX derailleurs, XT hubs, etc., but the brakes are old school
XT cantilevers. Long story there, not worth going into. Saddle is
a Brooks B.17 Champion Special, bars are Nitto Rando bars on a Technomic
stem. Brake levers are Tektro, with Tektro "cross" levers as well.
Shifters are Shimano 8 speed barcons. For carrying stuff, those
are Tubus Cargo (r) and Tara (f) racks, along with a Nitto M12 bar
bag support. I wish this didn't make a mix of silver and black,
and I've thought of having the Tubus racks powdercoated to match
the frame, but I'm just not sure it bothers me enough to spend the
$$$ just now. Topping it all off is a set of bags from Velo Orange,
which I think are just lovely and practical as well.
very pleased with the bike and how it rides and looks. I've done
a few short overnight tours and lots of commuting on it, and it's
smooth and stable, yet still lively enough to be fun. Solid under
a load as well. I really couldn't ask for more, especially from
what is the first of what I hope to be many frames. If all goes
well, I hope to one day build and sell under the name "Goshawk Cycles".
Wish me luck!