Staf, they look like that because they're the best way to carry luggage. You can get ano ones if you look on Ebay. But that's probably less cool.
I can't help it I'm a bit of a tart when it comes to building my bikes everything's got to be just right, I built my mate a hack on an old marin eldridge before christmas which ended up with xtr, xlite, raceface etc.
Anyway back on topic, thanks again to everyone for all the advice, to those of you who said 50 miles a day, every day for 2 weeks isn't far I'd like to paint a picture, I've been building bikes for 17 years, but for the last 6 I've hardly been on one and me and the 3 lads I'm doing this with are all 30 somethings with beer guts who spend the weekends out drinking.
We were all keen MTBers until we settled into our careers so we're hoping that with a bit of training we can get our fitness levels back up and get back into it properly. And as with anything in life you need a goal to aim for so this is this years.
I'm going to try out various combinations of wheels and tyres over the coming months so thanks for all the suggestions, I've got quite a few options laying around in my office I've got some conti. slicks some michelin wildgripper sprints, and some Halo twin rails.
I think frame wise I'm going to use a large Cannondale Killer V, No sure whether to have a suspension fork or not, I don't normally as I prefer to keep the weight down.
Brakes I think I'll steerer clear of the hydrolic jobs I'd normally go for and stick to a simple V brake.
Now as for pedals, a few of you have mentioned clips, I always use flat pedals like Azonic accelerators or DMR V8's what's the benefit of clips?
On the seventh day he rode! And the lord said unto me, "come forth and receive eternal life" but I came fifth and won a toaster!
My current buildsCustom Spec '97 Amp MB4 (project)Custom Spec '96 Killer V (project) The Birds Bike Custom Spec '92 Beast of the EastBuilds that have grown up and left home:Custom Spec '97 Killer V HTCustom Spec '02 kona chute
Builds I've completed for other people:Custom Spec '96 Marin Pine MountainCustom Spec '95 Marin Bear ValleyCustom Spec '03 kona chute (project) Restoration projectSaved from an abusive home!