It’s sort of funny: I’ve talked about the death of the Crested Butte many a time over the past couple years, yet I still have the bike. Well, “death” may be too strong a word, but I have definitely talked about selling the bike, and did actually try to sell it in October, but that didn’t go over well. So, I still have it. And guess what: I still like it!
I can’t promise that I’ll keep this bike “forever”, but right now I don’t have any other plans of getting rid of it. I may reconsider in spring, when the bike market gets better, but that’s still months away. Yeah, despite the talk of redundancy, it’s hard to get rid of this bike, with how it looks, the quality components, and ride quality. There’s something about old mountain bikes…
Now I’ve been trying to figure out where to place it in the stable, and avoid too much redundancy while being cognizant of the overlap. I have previously talked about how the Bantam Rambleneur will be the more special/fun bike, and I’ll be using the Crested Butte along with the Raleigh Wayfarer three speed more the daily drivers. With the new-to-me rear rack, both the Crested Butte and the Wayfarer can take panniers, so easy for commuting and errands. (The Crested Butte has a leg up for rainy commuting due to cantilever brakes.) I removed the front rack before the sale, and don’t think I’m going to put it back on. I’ve been liking it in its no front load setup so far.
Now onto lights. Man, I have gone through too many switches with lighting systems throughout the course of three years of owning it, starting with battery, then getting bottle dynamo generator lighting, then back to battery, then hub dynamo generator lighting, then back to battery as I sold the wheel and light separate. Yeesh. Of course, if I had known I was going to keep the bike, I wouldn’t have sold the dynamo lighting, but too late now. So I could keep doing the battery system, as my Cygolite Metro 300 USB rechargeable light is still going strong.* But I do have a Spanninga bottle dynamo I got for cheap in the parts bin, plus the other day I picked up a B+M basic headlamp for just $20, the same headlamp I paid about $70 for just four years ago. (LED dynamo lighting just keeps on getting better and better, so what was good a few years ago is merely adequate now, and cheap.) So I could go dynamo again! And a bottle dyno plus headlight would be easy to remove if I do decide to sell this bike again. So we’ll see.
I also picked up a Brooks B68 saddle for cheap. I had the B66 on briefly, but it needs to be repaired because of a broken spring. The B66 is the unsprung cousin to the B66 and B67, a wide city/upright saddle. Looks and feels good. Though I do have another B17 in the wings which may go on here…
The final piece of the puzzle is handlebars. I still like the Civia Duponts, especially after my failed try with the Surly Open Bars, but I’ve been eyeing the Nitto Bosco bars for awhile. They have more rise and sweep back further than the Duponts, which just might solve once and for all the fit issues with this bike. Of course, because it’s a nice Nitto bar, it’s not cheap, almost $70. Wasn’t I trying to sell this bike just last month? On the other hand, isn’t it a small price to pay for making the bike “work”? Also, Nitto bars retain good resale value, so there wouldn’t be as much of a loss if they don’t work out. Or, I could switch them over to the Heavy Duti.
So here she is again, folks, the Crested Butte in all its glory. A bike that hopefully will keep on serving me well.
*To note: Cygolite makes their lights here in the US, and are great with warranty issues. I think I have replaced the bracket and USB port cover twice over, and they send the replacement for free.