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Lite Utility

Old 01-21-13, 01:17 PM
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Lite Utility

I have noted before that for me utility is not always about carrying a full costco load home, it is also about using your bike for little quick runs.

I have my mine utility/commuter with rear rack and wald baskets for loads as big as I want to carry.


I just finished this....it is for fun rides, fast rides when I don't want to use the road bike, and for just fun as it is a blast to ride.

My first ride on it i didn't have the rack (a $20 wald) and is struck me again how much being able to carry something is important. (when am on my road bike I at least have the jersey pockets)

Any way here is utilyt lite, my version


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Love it. Do you know what model Wald that is?
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The key word is "lite," but utility is utility. Pedal on, brother.
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Good, but would be better if the front basket was mounted to the frame not the fork so the load was stable and didn't affect the steering. A little more work to set-up I know but just a thought as to some improvement possibilities further down the line.
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Love it. Do you know what model Wald that is?
P-137b (b for black) $19.95 is what i paid
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Good, but would be better if the front basket was mounted to the frame not the fork so the load was stable and didn't affect the steering. A little more work to set-up I know but just a thought as to some improvement possibilities further down the line.
True...but I am not going to carry that much weight....I might modify it so that is lower more poteur like (attch basket using a bracket to the brake mount, shorten the struts and connect to the forks using p clips)

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Currently a 15 but I've had other numbers over the years.
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i have a mid 80's bottecchia that i did something similar. just almost a verticle angle stem and a rounded bar, very comfortable ride. want a basket as well, just ddn't want a $20 wald on this italian ride. gong to make a unique one with different lines and a bit smaller. being in socal and very lse to the beach, your always carrying something, like a LOCK, cup of joe and maybe a paper.

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Originally Posted by ocsawdust View Post
i have a mid 80's bottecchia that i did something similar. just almost a verticle angle stem and a rounded bar, very comfortable ride. want a basket as well, just ddn't want a $20 wald on this italian ride. gong to make a unique one with different lines and a bit smaller. being in socal and very lse to the beach, your always carrying something, like a LOCK, cup of joe and maybe a paper.

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will want to see pictures. I am still thinking of building a small, lower basket....probably using thin marine plywood, but after two rides with no basket had to have something....was even thinking wicker...but this ended up being the best looking fast solution.

more elegant (expensive) options as a base would be

http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/r1.htm

http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/r1.htm
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Nice rig OP. I'd like to something similar myself one of these days.
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I have had my yuba Mundo for a year now, and only have about 600 miles on it. In that year I put 4200 miles on the other bikes with computers plus around 800 on the fixie which I refuse to put an odometer on. This tells me I need the capacity of the Mundo a little over 5% of the time. The cross check with F&R nice racks got a little over 3000 miles. If I had kids I would probably use the Mundo more. I have two sets of panniers for the cross check, but rarely use more than one set.
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Do you have any standover clearance on that? Yikes!
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IMO "lite utility" is the basis of living car-free. Most days I don't need to carry more than 20 pounds of stuff. When I do, I have the trailer. One bike achieves all.

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Do you have any standover clearance on that? Yikes!
more the enough.....the seat is higher now after a couple for more fides....but I tend toward bigger frame/less seatpost as a preference and the Campy seat post is pretty short... so I couldn't get more that a fist of seatpost in any event.
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