There are too many things that I want to change on my CC (it was not a complete, but built from frame by previous owner. i'd need to swap entire drive train, wheels, and bars) so I am thinking of a new bike and selling the CC to partially recoup costs. I have been thinking of doing it for awhile. I was looking at a Sala Casseroll, but it and many other similar bikes have been OOS for months. With new models coming in, my research has begun anew.
This is what I am thinking:
- steel frame relaxed geometry
- triple (46-36-26 or there about) or super compact double (46-30)
- toying with the idea of a IGH 8 gear or a 12-32 or 12-28
- 32 or 36 spoke wheels w/ dynohub and wide tires
- rear rack for carrying laptop and other stuff to work, small grocery runs, etc.
- salsa wood chippers, midge, dirt drops, etc.
- and maybe a front rack for acorn handlebar bag (have the acorn medium seat bag and it is awesome)
That is why I was eyeballing the Casseroll. It seemed to cover most of this. However, the dilemma then becomes frame build vs complete. Frame build I can learn a lot of stuff, but at a much higher cost.
Complete bike will need at least: wheel swap, handlebars, IGH or cassette, barcon shifters (though I could keep brifters, never used them before), and saddle (I already have a Brooks I could swap).
I'd use for short commute, regular riding (no groups/clubs), and possible century or credit card tour at some point.
Thoughts? Or different bike options?