Rans Rocket upgrade:seat and wheels
Would like to hear from anyone who has used the Zephyr seat that Rans offers. Can I use a 'shortie' pan or carbon pan with it? The Zephr looks like it would be plenty comfortable, but not quite as handy when you want to hang a day pack on it.
WHEELS: What is it with all these spokes? The stock wheels on this and many other bents come with 36 spokes. With 20" wheels this is way overkill. I've built a couple of pairs of wheels using Velocity Aeroheat rims and Ultegra hubs 28 in front and 32 rear, and that's for loaded touring on a couple of DFs I ride. (small wheel fan) Am considering the Thracian Wheels they offer, but they're not cheap. Another option I toy with is building some 451 wheels and changing the brakes to calipers. There is room, but the fattest tire would be 1 3/8" and maybe no fender clearance with that. Swithing back and forth would be a pain, 'cause I'd also have to change the brake levers. I have been very pleased with the Primo Comets; they're fast yet ample in section to handle gravel roads aired down a bit. We have a lot of gravel road riding here in Vermont.