The followers of this blog (all three of you) may remember that last month I decided to try out the CST Metropolitan Palm Bay tires on the Crested Butte. I loved the look, I loved the fatness, but realized they were just too damn fat for this bike. So last week I picked up another set of Rubena City Hopper tires in the 26″ x 2.0″ size. (52-559) But this time I went for creme color, which adds an air of classiness. And since I got rid of the creme Delta Cruisers from the Raleigh Wayfarer, I needed to have at least one bike with creme tires, no?
But now, another wrinkle: when I was installing the front wheel/tire, I realized that there was a broken weld on the Blackburn MTF-1 front rack. Damn. I contacted Blackburn and am getting a replacement (thank you, warranty), but I decided to do something crazy, instead: swipe the Wald Giant Delivery Basket from my roommate and install it on the Crested Butte. I had been jonesing for the Giant Delivery Basket for some time. I had one on the Univega I owned a few years back and loved it. (The basket on the Worksman Cycle Truck was similar in size.)
And of course, I love how it looks on the bike. It truly pushes this 80’s mountain bike into “cruiser” category, which is appropriate, as the frame geometry of the Crested Butte is based on the “Schwinn Excelsior” geometry. This was because the Marin County (Repack) proto-mtbers of the 70’s (Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, et al) bombed down Mt. Tam on old cruisers, and based their custom frames on them, then production mountain bikes followed suit. So I’m bringing it back to its roots, no?
Of course, not only is the Giant Delivery Basket a pain to install due to all it’s fiddly bits (I spent at least 90 minutes, then again, I am no pro bike mechanic.) And man, it’s a lot of basket. All steel (so hopefully won’t break,) made in the USA. about nine pounds unladen. It can carry a lot of shit, but yes it does affect handling. But if Bud Clark could rock an early production mountain bike with the Giant Delivery Basket, why can’t I?
I still need to get the dynamo lighting working again, especially since the front light needs to be remounted to the front basket. But that should happen soon. After that, I hope to not have to fiddle with this bike for a long time.