The project started out to be as a Scorcher. Like those late 1800s simple, direct, bikes the scorcher guys rode.

 

“>The inspiration is: Urbane urban rider of the late 1800s on a safety bicycle image

The inspiration is: Urbane urban rider of the late 1800s on a safety bicycle

 

 

But really, I need multispeed shifting and brakes here on the street, also I need to learn about disc brakes. Plus I need to learn more about larger 700c wheels. So, big skinny wheels… Super Roadster this project became.

 

“>Roadster Max, street bicycle for urban riding photogragh

Roadster Max, street bicycle for urban riding

 

 

I normally advocate for front suspension with the imperfect city streets like where I ride. So, what…. A 29er? Nah, too long and overweight, except at the highest end. I searched around for a frame for 700c wheels, disk brakes, high head for suspension fork, and short wheelbase. Bonus for down tube cable routing to use road bike front derailleur.

 

“>Rough city streets and cobblestones make tough bicycle riding image

Rough city streets and cobblestones make tough bicycle riding

 

 

I found a murdered-out 1 year old high end Specialized hybrid for sale. Frame was great, chipped and gunked like a retired delivery bike, but straight. The bike came with a rigid fork, and a smaller 26”, wide mountain bike wheel, with high end tire and rotor, but no brake.

 

Firemen at hydrant with a wrench shut water with bMHR hotrod bicycle watching image

Firemen at hydrant with a wrench shut water with bMHR hotrod bicycle watching

 

 

2015 Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc bicycle modified.

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