I think I missed the arrival of the Kogswell.
It just happened recently. Matthew, the owner, has been moving his business over to Berkeley and apparently had some lightly-used proto bikes to get rid of which were listed on craigslist. That's what this one is. I rebuilt it with everything I have laying around and installed the fenders, which used to be on the quickbeam, onto it. I'm running a 39x12-32, which is a great range for hills here and in the city. It'll get a CETMA rack soon too to carry huge loads up front.I sold the steamroller to cover it, for a few reasons. First and foremost, I got tired of hauling huge loads on my back up ridiculous grades that required me to shift too much weight around for my liking to get a 48x19 up several hundred feet at a time. Second, my back hurts hauling full a kremlin's worth of groceries the several miles back from the berkeley bowl. Third, it's a 62cm which just isn't good enough -- this is a 64cm which fits perfectly given the headtube rise and lets me sit where I want in traffic and in general.The added bonus, at least until it gets the CETMA 7-rail, is that it was designed brilliantly (largely by Jan Heine) to mimic the geometry of old school porteur-racer bicycles from france. So, it has 40mm trail and no flop up front which I've been really enjoying. It's fast too, definitely not an all-rounder toughness (28.6 downtube, for one), but this is the city bike!
if it wouldn't have turned out so easy (and break-even costwise), I would've converted the steamroller to an IH and put the rack up front on it (but the trail figure for it, which I forget, seemed to indicate a less than ideal floppability -- good for track but not for 100 pounds up front).this was easier. do recommend, I'll have more to say once the CETMA gets in.
Makes sense, and Kogswell seems like a good company.
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