all rounder bike


A gallery of historic and (re)new(ed) all ’round bikes


Where are all the down-to-earth, un-branded, handmade bikes to fill the widening gap between inexpensive mass-produced name-brand bikes and very expensive boutique handmade bikes.

Modular Bike Style

Use the same steel frame, cranks, BB, seatpost, and brakes
•    wide spot in chainstay for fat tires
•    650B or 32x700c
•    cantilever breaks or long caliper brakes
•    quill with adjustable height
•    long wheelbase for pannier-heel clearance
•    simple brushed metal with clear coat or earth tone powder coat
•    gearing: 5-speed or 8-speed freewheel
•    bike sizes: 50, 53, 56, 59, 62 cm

Variations on a theme

Fast all ’rounder
•    standard fork
•    randonnee or standard handlebars
•    Shimano tiagra road bike levers
•    Down tube shifters
•    Road bike saddle
•    No clipless pedals

Sturdy all ‘rounder
•    Less trail and shallower fork angle than normal (but still in the “safety” range)
•    Very short stem for old-timey feel
•    old Raleigh or porteur handlebars
•    Tektro mtb break levers (cheap but good)
•    Flat top leather saddle
•    BMX platform pedals


7 responses to “all rounder bike

  1. Hey – the link doesn’t work…I wanna see pictures!

    (and it’s BRAKES not breaks – though you should definitely use breaks if you’re on an all-arounder…preferably at a cafe!)

    you are missed!

  2. hmm. did you try clicking on the link that you get redirected to?

  3. This is where it takes me…

    Maybe I need a brake….

  4. Hey I came across your blog by chance on msn while trying to find something really irrelevant but I am truly pleased that I did, You have just captured yourself another subscriber. 🙂

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