A while ago I started a discussion about building a commuter bike for my partner, using a NuVinci N360. Key considerations for the build was a comfortable, easy to ride bike, suited to daily commuting about 5km each way, can be ridden in pants or skirt, casual or professional clothes and low mainteance. I was looking at what frame to use, with a preference for a stepthrough or mixte. In the end I settled on a semi-custom order from Legacy Frameworks.
This project doesn't fall into the budget build category and would certainly push the limits of what most people are prepared to pay for a sit-up style bike. But it's intend as a long term bike, used almost daily as an alterntive to a car and public transport.
The bike will be;
It should end up looking similar to this
Below are a couple of shots of the nearly finished frame. You can see the tabs that have been welded onto the fork and chainstay to hold the roller brake torque arm.
Thats gonna be a sweet ride. Lovely frame and bars you chose. Shiny rims?
I'd do a few things differently with the components (if I may be so bold...). Leather or cotton bar wrap instead of rubber. Maybe even that stitched elk hide that you can get from Constructeur. And a leather saddle to match. I've got a cambium on on my road bikes and its very nice but for a upright bike a brooks city saddle, maybe with suspension, might be more comfortable.
And a sogreni bell (if money is no object). ;)
Hi Guy, the rims have a satin finish. Polished rims and leather or cotton grips with a leather seat, whould have given the bike a much more classic look, but as the bike is running a belt drive I thought I would add a few more modern components. The satin rims will not show the dirt and dust as much (I don't think my partner will spend a lot of time polishing the bike), the grips were mainly to keep the red colour plus ease of care and the cambium saddle over a leather saddle so it could be ridden withoy a breakin period plus ease of care,
Like! Frame looks like a cross between a traditional step-through and a mixte. The tubes from the seat-tube to the seat stays will eliminate the serious weak spot in "normal" step-through frames - the tendency of the seat tube to bend around the top tube attachment.
BTW, red goes faster, and is easier to pedal. :)
Good one. A regularly used commuter need never be a budget project. Years ago when I built my own commuter, based on an MTB frame, I was questioned by some work mates as to why I had spent $1500 on a bike to ride to work. The questions stopped when I asked how much they had spent on the car that they drove to work every day !
What pedals will you add?