Here we go. Off to New Zealand for a few years in the spring and I'm planning to do some cyclo-camping and off road touring (as well as general non-serious MTBing) - but being a student means I've got bugger all money (or more correctly, I spent all my money on my Gazelle).
So, saw this Muddyfox for sale and the geometry appeared good (21" ST, 22" TT) with 71 degree angles. Delivered the other day (thanks!) and had a ride around on it.
Purists stop reading now - it's not going to stay original I'm afraid!
1. Tange butted chromo frame and forks
2. Front and rear mudguard eyelets, plenty of clearance, rear rack mounts, front lowrider mounts
3. Everything works, 175mm cranks
4. Fits well (relatively short top-tube considering the size of the bike)
1. A bit ugly
2. Higher bottom bracket than I was higher than I was expecting - higher than my other MTBs from the same era. Not so good for road-touring but good for off-roading, I suppose.
Got some bits in the post this morning:
Spend so far - £165, £100 of which was the bike itself. I'm going to get some Spa Cycles handbuilt wheels for it as I will most likely be carrying a fair amount of stuff - I'm going to try to keep the whole thing under £400, leaving me more money to spend on a new tent, sleeping pad etc.