I'm just returning to bicycling. Yesterday I built a mountain bike from used parts and lots of help at a bicycle co-op. I just wanted a bike to get me back into riding. But, now that I know I can go back to the co-op at any time, I want to build the exact bike I want.
Here's what I want my next bike to do:
It will be ridden on paved streets mostly.
I want to ride it in an upright fashion like one would ride a beach cruiser. I'm 6'1" and I don't like to ride hunched over the handlebars when I'm sitting.
I want it to be lightweight.
I want it to need very little maintenance.
I want it to have the ability to be ridden off road.
Here's my idea:
Older (pre-1990) Touring Frame: Lighter than a mountain bike frame yet rugged
Longer Seat Post: So I can fully extend my legs
Mountain Bike Handle Bar with Longer Stem: Positioned so I can ride upright.
Internal Gear Hub: Requires less maintenance than a derailleur system.
On/Off Road Tires: Those tires that have street tread down the center and knobby tread on the sides.
It'll look weird. I don't care. I think it'll work. Do you have any advice?