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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 2:54 pm 
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I plan to build up a bike for a friend who is going to africa to do some volunteering. He's a decent fiddler generally, but he's into landrovers not bikes so want something that won't break and will be easy to maintain.

I need some help and advice.

Steel, easy to repair and durable. Thinking of an old kona frame, which i'll debadge and spray black. Don't want it looking too fancy.

Hub gear. Going for this for ease of maintenance, also it's going to be quite flat so a narrow range should do it. Think Sram Spectro or a recent sturmey archer. He can't afford a speedhub :o
Might also equip him with an extra rear wheel that is singlespeed so he can still get around if it bust and needs returned for repair.

Nothing too special, just a decent regular wheel should do it. Hoping to encourage him to try and build a wheel with me, so that he has the basics of truing it up.

V-brakes. Some of the hubgears i have looked at incorporate drum brakes, but i have something against them, despite having never tried them! Like the extra rear wheel could double up on the brakes so he has a failsafe.

Any input?

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