My initial goal was to use mostly parts that I had in my spares bin. Once I had tested out the fixed gear concept for several weeks and liked it a lot. I was willing to invest some $$$ as there were a few things I wanted to change. I should note that I sold a frame and carried the money over to my LBS to pay for these upgrades. The total was exactly the cash I had in my pocket from the frame sale, to the penny, so clearly the Universe is stoked about this bike!….=-)
The biggest change was getting the wheels [kept the previous hubs] relaced to Velocity B43 deep V rims. This is partially functional in that the BB is a lot higher so I can corner much more aggressively. And partially aesthetics – the bigger wheels with skinny rubber fills up the frame a lot nicer than the 26″ wheels did leaving enough room for some fenders.
I also added:
- All City pedals
- 2 more Planet Bike Superflash red blinkies [total of 3!]
- ground off a tab on the Surly Tug Nut chain tensioner so I can access the drive side rear fender mount.
- Planet Bike fenders
I do have a few Mk2.1 upgrades still planned:
- toe clips and straps
- higher quality 32mm tires
I’m finding that the bigger wheels and resulting bigger gear take a bit more effort to spin up to speed, but once I’m there the bike wants to cruise like a steamroller. With a higher BB and heavier wheels the bike isn’t quite as nimble as the previous version, but having a ton of cornering clearance is well worth the trade off when you cannot stop pedaling and need to lean the bike over.
I must admit the white MEC grips are pretty, but not as comfortable as the Ergon Grips they replaced. It’s only a matter of time before I swap the Ergons back in. I’m running 28mm Continental Ultra Sport tires which are a good value at $24 each, but I would like something a bit more supple and a bit wider. I’m in no rush, but when I come across some nice 32mm tires I’ll swap ‘em in.