Winter, wet, mud, snow and DIRT.... It`s felt wasted using our proper bike. Here is my cheap recipe:
This is my second winter with my baby blue "donkey". I built it for the winter training. The basic is the On One Il Pompino frame. It`s name is little intresting... the meaning is "handjob" in Italian language. The frame`s material "DN6" steel , which is very comfy and bloody heavy.It has a big clearance, I can use with 700X35C CX tyres. The paintjob is the perfection itself, baby blue..... This basic got a Giant cyclo-cross fork. It has alloy steerer and carbon legs. The other parts are very mixed. I used everything what I found in the workshop and my parts box, FSA headset, Easton EA30 finishing kit, Avid Shorty brakes, 105 brake levers,Deore crankset, Mavic Aksyum front wheel and own build rear wheel. Rear wheel has a BikePositiv hub, DT swiss spokes and Mavic Open Pro rim. The ratio is 44-18This big caos works very well.
The seating position on the bike is very comfy,no problem after 5-6 hours. I fitted a gel pad under the bar tape beacause the plain bar tape was uncomfy, having "electric-shock" feeling after 3 hours, but now it works well!
Last winter was very dry, I could ride a lot on off-road. Single speed CX is really big fun! Unfortunately now, I only got just rain..rain and more rain in this last 6 weeks. I fitted the set of full mudguards on the bike and now it is a "drier and cleaner feeling". My path is lighten up by BLT Fireware 4.0 LED light and followed by 1 watt (mega bright) Smart rear light.
We have had a lot of miles together. Thanks to the simple construction never had a major problem! Having fun riding on my baby blue donkey!