I've been thinking about putting together an all rounder type of bike for a while now. I'm thinking steel frame(preferably lugged
), 700C wheels, clearance for at least 38mm tyres, drop bars, bar end shifters and preferably a horizontal Top tube, but with the braze-ons usually missing on a cyclocross bike. I'm hesitant to say "Monstercross", All Terrain Bike may be more appropriate. Basically something that's as at home at on tarmac, gravel canal tow paths and smooth rolling singletrack.
The LGF's Bike about halfway down this topic is pretty much spot on what I'm thinking, undecided on the mudguards at the moment thoughviewtopic.php?f=1&t=248286
I'm wondering about the bike/frame to base it on, so far i'm considering;
1. An old hybrid along the lines of a raleigh pioneer
2. An older touring bike,
3, An older road bike frame built for 27" wheels giving 700c wheels more clearance for larger tyres, though this would mean long reach centre pulls or dual pivot brakes, I'm not that concerned about mud clearance at the moment,
4, An MTB frame fitted with 700c wheels and V brake adaptors like the ones fitted to the v brakes in this thread viewtopic.php?t=134773
Any ideas suggestions?