Building your own bike is highly rewarding. Not only do you get a bike where every part has your own individual stamp on it, but you get the personal satisfaction of knowing you made it work.
However, you will run into some truly idiotic situations if you mix parts. Of course mixing parts is the whole point of building a custom bike.
So here’s the most recent bit of ridiculousness that I’ve had to deal with;
I’ve decided to make Tuesdays Top Five Tuesdays!
They’re just like regular Tuesdays, except that they’ll have a list that I throw together really quick that we can all argue about.
Tell me that doesn’t sound fun.
Today, let’s talk about tires. Getting a new set of tires – and grips to a lesser extent – are the best way to manage the “can’t afford a new bike” blues. New tires are all shiny and clean, and they have those little furry bits on them, and they just make you feel good.
There were some terrific tires in the 90’s, but which ones were the best? Which ones did you just have to have?
I’m going to tell you after the break.
What is the greatest hardtail of all-time?
This is a hard question to answer, and I don’t think that even I can say for sure what I think it is. I can come up with a top five though, with the caveat that the five bikes are pretty interchangeable.
So, let’s get right to it shall we?
I’ve wanted to build a full suspension bike for a while now, and I recently found a frame that I just couldn’t pass on. I had wanted something older, running V-brakes, like a Santa Cruz Heckler or a Rocky Mountain Element, but i found something disk-only that will be a fine substitute. It scores very high on the “only kid on the block with one” scale, which is always a big draw for me, and I expect it to be a lot of fun.
The bike is an Astrix Solo. Astrix came along in the early ’00s with a few models sold as framesets only. I remember them because they were one of the first companies after Surly (and Fisher of course) to sell a 29er frame. But this Solo was a 26er with 4.5 inches of travel.