I have seen quite some threads that ask people to submit their ideas on putting together the lightest, fastest, most expensive, etc bike. I find these fantasies quite interesting but the fact of the matter is none of us will probably ever own such a bike. I am not even sure i'd want to! So i thought i'd start a a thread on a bike that (almost) all of us could afford.
One that would last us a lifetime and that maybe newbies could even buy to be absolutely sure they had something "good" that would also retain value. But i don't know if any other cyclists here are interested. I hope so though. So please add your ideas on durable components that are still affordable/fairly widely available. The idea is kindoff a 'Do everything Bike'. A bike that has all the components (pictures would be cool!) necessary for touring maybe but could also be stripped down for going pretty fast. Maybe one day we could even pool cash and build it to show manufacturers and shops what we'd like, but i am just dreaming now. There are complete bikes being offerred that are fairly close btw, what comes to mind is the venerable Dawes Galaxy as well as the German Fahrradmanufaktur. That last bike is real cool, it is MTB bike/24 inch Tourer (nice geometry) sold complete and a Rohloff is an option. Check:
for a picture and some specs.
Anyway, without further ado, my top picks:
Frame: Surly (Karate Monkey or pretty much any of their common models) On One, Xootr Swift (the drop sliding/track drops will allow you to run any drive train), Mercier, Rivendell, Bike Friday, Raleigh Twenty.
Headset: Tange Levin, Chris King or Torrelli.
Bar: Nitto Noodle Drop of a Nitto Albatros.
Bottle Cage(s): American Classic
Back Rack: MountainRack I or II (still affordable unlike say Tubus, time tested and classic).
Chain: Stainless Steel,.. SRAM?
Drivetrain possibilities: Dual Drive, SRAM 7 speed, SRAM X 9,0 or,...?
Hubs: IRO, Surly etc, probably not Phil Wood since cost would rise dramatically.
Kickstand: Esge Pletscher, double stand or the lighter single Aluminium one.
Saddle: Brooks Flyer or B 17 (or all the rest are SEATS trying to do a Saddles' job & failing).
Tires: Marathon Plus or Vredestijns'.
Pump: Zefal HPX 4 (a classic)
Panniers: Carradice! Prefer them a lot to Vaude or Ortlieb myself.
Pedals: Hmmm, something with industrial bearing and one side SPD one side normal, either that ore PowerStraps with some real good flat pedals.
Spokes: Stainless steel.