A while ago I picked up an old steel mountain bike for next to nothing. I have wanted to simplify my cycling routines a bit, and decided to give an old MTB a try. Plus, I blew my bike fund on a cargo bike without having a mountain bike in the stable. At minimum, I could ride the vintage MTB until next year when I would spring for a new ride. Anyway, today was the first dirt dance with the new old bike.
A few changes happened out of the gate with this bike. The original owner, meaning I am only the second owner of this bike, had it set up as a makeshift single speed, with an old LX rear derailleur as a chain tensioner. No front brake, and some random bits here and there. My initial changes: New swept back handlebars, new AVID levers, a front brake installed, new rubber from Kenda, and I cleaned up the drivetrain a little, surprisingly finding the magic gear of 32×20. I will say it looks cool.
Riding it was awesome. It is stupid light. Or maybe I am used to my tank of a cargo bike now. Whatever, if felt light. I enjoyed my single track time of around seven miles this morning, however…
The frame is too small.
I have a crazy long stem installed, and the seat post is almost maxed. It just slightly feels odd, just odd enough to bother me while riding. Shit, there goes that experiment.
I do think though, that I could install a swept back handlebar like a Nitto Albatross, make the gearing a tad more steep with a 38t chainring from my parts bin, and this turns into a sweet basket/bar bike.