Following my last post A Bike that defies categorisation I started to wonder whether a budget bike for life was possible. So I have started to look around and build a specification.
As I looked, at least for the moment I had to rule out a Gates Belt Drive. I couldn’t find a budget steel frame with support for a coupler in the seat stay. That will have to come in the future. So a chain and chainguard is needed instead.
This is what I have so far, it comes out at around £1,500 at retail prices including shipping.
- Frame: Cotic Roadrat with Fork £300
- Rear Wheel with Alfine 8 speed hub, Mavic Disc rim £200
- Front Wheel with Alfine Dynamo hub, Mavic Disc rim £100
- Alfine Chainset £55
- KMC 8 Speed chain £10
- On-One Mary Handlebar + stem £25
- Headset £60
- 2 x Avid BB7 cable disc brakes £130
- 2 x Brake Lever £15
- 2 x Ergon GP1 Grips £25
- Quality Brake Cables £10
- Front and rear LED Dynamo Lights £170
- Rear Rack £35
- Flat Pedals £25
- Carbon Fibre Seat post + clamp £60
- Saddle £30
- 2 x Full Length SKS Mudguards £35
- 2 x Inner Tubes £8
- 2 x Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyres 700c x 35mm £46
- SKS Chainboard £15
That sounds to me like a pretty nice reliable workhorse bike that will be good for reliable transport in all weathers. It won’t be as quick as a “road bike” but from my experience it will be possible to commute up to about 10 miles each way in ordinary clothes (especially if you are willing to change your shirt when you arrive at work). It will be able to handle shopping, towing kids in trailers or a childseat. It will be able to handle most Sustrans off road routes and won’t disintegrate on poor quality cycle tracks and roads. The only routine maintenance will be to clean the chain.
H’mm, wondering how that sounds to other people? My guess is that a manufacturer would be able to sell these at the Cycle to Work Scheme magic figure of £1,000