some time I've been using my Urbanite (#125
Current Classics) for shopping and general load carrying. It's
really too much bike for the function so I've come up with a sturdy
"get on and go", simple, all-purpose, beast of burden
for the entire family.
sourced out a middle-of-the-range, 12 speed Velo Sport of 1982 vintage,
stripped it right down, overhauled the B/B and headset and built
it up as a single-speed as shown in the pictures. Apart from the
new rear rack, kickstand and basket, all parts were lying around
here doing nothing. The bike features unusual Shimano Parapul roller-cam
brakes which work fine, but later on replacement pads may be a problem.
I've gone for 63 gear inches thanks to a Quando fixed/free cog and
a 40 tooth chainwheel, which although a bit short-winded for the
open road is ideal for town riding and load carrying applications.
Avenir two-legged kick stand works fine as does the quick-release
basket from the same maker. The Axiom panniers are very voluminous
(62 litres) and when combined with the large Europe-bound rack bag,
the combination provides considerable load carrying capability!
I've replaced the seat post bolt with a quick release to facilitate
seat adjustment to suit a variety of riders.
domestic shopping I remove the pannier bags/ basket as required
and take them into the shop. They are very easy to load up at the
check out -without (thank goodness!) using any plastic bags.