There, in the background, possibly my favorite bicycle (if you don’t count the bicycles I have yet to acquire): the World’s Heaviest Fisher.
The formula for frame weight is pretty simple: start with a 1-1/4-inch Evolution headset, increase tube diameters to match and make sure those tubes are the same thick, straight gauge throughout their lengths.
Make it a $50 closeout deal, bolt on whatever parts you have laying around–once more unto the parts bin, dear friends–and you have a commuter’s dream, especially if you don’t have a hill to climb, which, unfortunately, I do.
Retroshift levers make shifting just as convenient as the most expensive Shimano STI levers–and more affordable. Mount whatever shifters you have to the bosses on top of the Tektro brake levers. Friction, indexed, down-tube, bar-end shifters–they’re all game.
The newest addition to the bike is the oversized MKS Lambda pedals. Wear whatever shoes you have on. No cleats, no toe clips to mess with. And you’ll never miss the clipless pedal systems on the commute (sorry again, Shimano).
But what about that hill? Doesn’t the Fisher mean a lot of extra effort? Not on the way to work–it’s all downhill, almost all the way to the river. And anyway, a commute shouldn’t be a race.
Just remember the bike won’t float.