It's heating up here as well. I'll probably switch to end-of-day or early morning bike rides in the coming weeks.I haven't been on my bike in about a week, since the heat wave moved in. In cooler weather I was sometimes going out 5-6 days a week, then I moderated that to 3 a week. I just don't do heat well.
Looks great Jonathan. Being a car guy, I’ve always loved the look of disc brakes on bicycles.I took the single speed out today to ride with my kids. I forget just how smooth and easy riding it is to be on a single speed! Also I swapped out the ugly stock Tektro disc rotors and replaced them with Shimano disc rotors pulled form my other wheelset. I think they just look cooler!
My daughter stole the bike though, I think she wants her own gravel bike now!
View attachment 259580
Looks great Jonathan. Being a car guy, I’ve always loved the look of disc brakes on bicycles.
I don’t know much about bikes, but is it possible to convert a bike with standard brakes to disc ones? I’d assume so.
I have a Devinci Stockholm bike that I really like and have for a while. I’m looking at some maintenance, including brake changes, and am now intrigued to go the disc route if possible.
Thanks Jonathan. That saves me a lot of research and the potential costs. Rim brakes they will stayApparently it's a PITA to to convert a rim brake frame to disc mount. It's possible if you know a welder and I've seen disc mount adapters being sold, but frames with disc brake mounts (I believe) are better reenforced to handle the weight and braking force. You could easily run a disc fork, but then you'd be running a different set of brakes and wheels. I think you'd be better off just getting a new bike.
I've been entertaining the idea of building a bike from scratch. You only need a handful of specific bike tools, torque wrenches and patience to watch Youtube bike tutorial videos! Honestly I've been enjoying the bike tuning as much as the riding itself!
And you might rub that tent pretty hard in a tip-over, sticking off the fork so far.View attachment 259990
Zpacks Duplex – Salsa Anything Cage – #001 by Andrew Priest, on Flickr
I explored for a short time the option of going with a Cuben Fiber (Dyneema Composite Fabric) tent material; a Zpacks Duplex in this case. Whilst the weight saving is nice, the packing size of the Duplex (and Dyneema Composite Fabric tents in general) is a limitation for me.
With my bikepacking setup, my Salsa Mukluk, my only feasible option for carrying the Duplex is the Salsa Anything Cage mounted to the front fork. Whilst it works, it is a bulky setup and one I didn’t consider that ideal.