Yearly Archives: 2018

My “Jeep”

In a previous post, I mentioned the “homebrew” bike I have built to be my “all-rounder”. While I initially envisioned I would ride it to trailheads, it proved to be a little bit weak when I rode it on rocky and steep trails.

It turned out that I was recently given the remnants of a 2003 Specialized HardRock and immediately planned on rebuilding it. Not only it would be a great mountain bike but I envisioned it to be a perfect bike to ride to trailheads. As I explained several years before, I  enjoy and believe in moving car-free. On top of that, reaching trailheads removes the worry of not finding any parking, which can be quite common here in the Front Range.

And sometimes, even a proper bike rack is provided !

The bike rack at the 4th of July Trailhead, Colorado

After finding wheels, tires, derailleurs and all other needed parts, I rebuilt it and named it “The Jeep”

Frame: Aluminum
Fork : RockShox Dart 3
Brakes : Tektro V-brakes
Drive Train : 1×7

And, as usual, a side-by-side comparison of before and after.

A new addition : Frame bag

In previous posts, I explained how I try to use my bike as much as possible : from commuting to grocery shopping.

From time to time, my ride doesn’t justify the need of taking my pannier and I end up riding with my needed items in one (or both) of my hands such as a bike lock which can be too cumbersome.

My wife just found a remedy to that as she has sown a frame-bag with recycled tubes donated by the Fort Collins Bike Co-Op. That way, I can go on a ride and put all the items in the framebag without having to take my panniers.

The other idea is that it will also be useful when doing touring trips.