Day 22: #30daysofbiking


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.

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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4 Responses to Day 22: #30daysofbiking

  1. trsnrtr says:

    I’ve been wanting to set up a similar ride machine for around my big city. 🙂

    Occasionally check craigslist but haven’t seen anything yet that I want to mess with.

    • With companies pushing mountain bikers to 700c, 650B or whatever, I keep thinking there must be some nice 26-inch bikes sitting in basements across America. Owners probably too busy upgrading to put their old bikes up for sale. Craigslist is a hoot. I especially like the term “antique” applied to anything bicycling related. Antique means we want three times as much as its worth instead of simply twice as much. I did see a V-Rex for $350, however…

  2. tuckamoredew says:

    I didn’t know about the retroshift levers – that looks like a nifty option.

    • I spend all my time on the bar tops. If you want to shift from the drops, stay with STIs. Retroshift the company is focused on cyclocross, but its levers are a great choice for commuters and recreational riders. If you enter Retroshift into my search box, you’ll find at least a couple of more in depth articles and several pictures.

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