Old 05-07-18, 09:07 AM
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Over the winter, a Shogun Prairie Breaker 2 (1985-ish) came up on the local CL at a nice price in my size, with a bi-plane fork and lugged plain-gauge Tange frame. I believe @Lascauxcaveman also has one of these.

Soon after, a pair of Compass Rat Trap Pass tires and VO fenders appeared on CL. One thing led to another (and I spent too much time trying different configurations) and here we are:

I documented some of the build (Flickr album here), and hit a few hiccups (mostly self-inflicted) along the way that I won't bore you with. The frameset, seatpost, crankset, BB and brake calipers remain from the original bike. Final weight is a svelte 32 lbs by my scale.

I swapped pedals to SPDs and took it for its inaugural commute ride this morning. I would describe the steering as "stubborn" as the front wheel needs some encouragement to change direction. However, on a short section of the ride over rutted dirt, the stability and smoothness were welcome.

This will likely serve as a bad-weather commuter for now.
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