-Offroad bike.. - Yes, excatly !
When I ride in My city, it's not all fresh made tarmac ! -I meet potholes , and like in Amsterdam, old city areas, with bumpy cobblestone's. - I cross parks on grubble-paths, and if there is some granit steps on My way, I'll take them too (If no one there).
My friends, riding true carbon racing bikes, chooses alternative(read longer), and smoother -routes, and I understand their concerns for their fragile parts.
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I have a car (not easy) - I rarely use it ! My main way of moving around daily, is on bicycle.
It has been like this for 25years. -Long time to test My bicycle-needs.
This build, will hopefully end up, leaving a : Very strong, very safe, long lasting, fast and light -Bike.
I know the worst areas in town, -and this "offroader" can eat it all !
So You are right about something !
The bling bling issue... If I really wanted bling, then the choice of parts would have been quite different.
-And so would the price, and weight.
This Bike will run, every day, until the first road-salting starts.
(I think I will use Leather Flite saddles for everyday use, and the SLR-tekno for especially sunny days.!)
Btw. I'm making a 5mm thick neoprene cover for the SLR, to protect corners, -if leaned against a wall.
-Timo, please tell Me which parts to change, so I can go faster (still in a safe way)?
- And how to get the bike more usable and less bling ?
Normally I race people for food ! -But if You ever visit Copenhagen, let Me know, and I will race You for this espresso You mentioned... First man to the coffee-shop wins.