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Old 06-30-14, 10:44 AM
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Show your all-rounder

I'm trying to figure out what "all-rounder" means precisely, a question that came up as I was building this '87 Mongoose ATB.

Do you have, or aspire to have, an all-rounder? Please post it.


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Old 06-30-14, 10:53 AM
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my 1990 Trek 930, the bike that started it all.


i ditched the fenders and rack, its the "minivan" of the heard, does everything i ask of it, and rides nice and smooth. when i need a bike to just work no questions.
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Old 06-30-14, 11:03 AM
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Another chance to post the same old pictures!
Current all arounder:


Future all arounder:
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Old 06-30-14, 11:06 AM
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I have two bikes I consider all arounders - by which I mean versatile bikes capable of non-extreme conditions and which are still fun to ride for normal use. An all arounder means it must be capable of riding on gravel/mud, it has to be able to carry a commuter level load, and it can't ride like a total pig if not used for one specific purpose. It has to be versatile - for instance one that is at home with different tires.



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Old 06-30-14, 11:10 AM
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This one is becoming my "all around" ride. It's my 1x10 I built this winter. I tacked wing-nuts onto my rack screws so it is QD. My fenders are also QD.

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Old 06-30-14, 11:19 AM
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Yes and no. For me an all-rounder is a bike that can handle cargo and the worst kinds of inclement weather, but is also a lot of fun to ride and reasonably fast both on and off pavement - the sort of bike I would keep if I were only allowed to have one. But at the same time, I'm glad I'm not limited to one, because more I find that sport-use-only bikes with more aggressive designs and racing parts are even more fun to ride. And practically, it would be a hassle to take the fenders and racks off my utility bikes for especially fast/challenging rides.

Here's my current ideal all-rounder. The frame is a modern Pake C'Mute but the build is definitely vintage-inspired. Goes nice on snow, singletrack, and streets even when loaded down with groceries:


And my second all-rounder, it's meant for winter commuting so it rides more like a cruiser than a road bike, but it's fun. '83 Stumpjumper Sport:
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OK I think my first one almost meets the stated requirements. I don't think it would be my one and only though. Here it is when it is ready for harsher conditions:
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For as "all around" as I do:

1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP

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Old 06-30-14, 01:40 PM
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For as "all around" as I do:

1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP ...
I suppose my all-terrain all-rounder is my Schwinn mountain bike, but for errands over paved roads, my theft-resistant beater is my trusty rusty UO-8.
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Old 06-30-14, 07:49 PM
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straight gauge 531 main tubes with 50/40 13-24, it's 12 speed heaven!


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Old 06-30-14, 08:25 PM
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My friends say it should be hanging on a wall. I use this bike for almost everything.........

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Posted elsewhere in this forum before, but here is my all around ride. I'll aplogize in advance for my lack of photo ability. My wife is the photog in our family.


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Old 06-30-14, 09:01 PM
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I have a preference for 700C as my all-rounder basis. It has to be:
sport tourer,
gravel grinder,
cyclocrosser,
monstercrosser,
loaded tourer.

So, it must have tire clearance, lightweight, and spirited geometry.
Some higher level hybrids, a Bridgestone RB-T come to mind.
I planned to do a Cro-moly hybrid all-rounder....but have decided to go modern to fulfill this role. Weight was one reason.


The current all-rounder title holder is my mtb-dropbar conversion. It has been subjected to tough conditions. And a tire-swap allowed it to tour around town comfortably all day.

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I've just finished rebuilding my 1993 Bridgestone XO-2. It was designed to be an all rounder with road geometry and 26 inch wheels. I still think that's a really smart idea even though it never took off. I'm snot sure if I'm totally in love with the chainring sizes (44-32-22) for an "all rounder;" I'm thinking I might want to go with a little higher gearing. The parts in any case came mainly from my parts bin so I can't really complain. In any case, the bike handles great and I'm pretty happy with my new build:

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Old 06-30-14, 09:21 PM
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All my bikes have the potential for being an "all arounder" since that's pretty much the type of riding I do (I don't race, gravel grind, mountain bike). Here are a few. I vacillate between fenders & racks, but all have eyelets for things.


1992 Specialized Hardrock - just changed tires to Panaracer Paselas 26 x 1.5" last night. Gum walls look great!

1986 Fuji Sundance ATB with upgraded tires, stem, handlebars and saddle, along with Jim Blackburn rack. Great roller cam brakes!

1987 Miyata 112 Mixte with brazed on Shimano SIS down tube shifters. Needs a rack, but I don't have the kind I'd like to have for it yet. I'd love a rear Jim Blackburn with a single tang attachment.
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1987 Miyata 112 Mixte with brazed on Shimano SIS down tube shifters. Needs a rack, but I don't have the kind I'd like to have for it yet. I'd love a rear Jim Blackburn with a single tang attachment.
Nice bikes. They still make single tang racks. They're very useful. I'd look at some of the offerings from Axiom and Velo-Orange.
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My custom built P20 can do pretty much anything and is also my preferred bike for towing the mobile shop around.



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@bikemig - thanks. I like some of the VO stuff. Would rather have something less new.
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I have two "all-rounders", which I determine as a versatile bike that can ride any road surface with decent speed, and carry enough stuff for a day's adventure.

One started as a Rivendell road bike, now with 650x38b tires and moustache bars.

The other is an old Schwinn KOM, a racing MTB. Now with 2.1" semi-slick tires and drop bars. This bike excels on gravel.
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I have two "all-rounders", which I determine as a versatile bike that can ride any road surface with decent speed, and carry enough stuff for a day's adventure.

One started as a Rivendell road bike, now with 650x38b tires and moustache bars.

The other is an old Schwinn KOM, a racing MTB. Now with 2.1" semi-slick tires and drop bars. This bike excels on gravel.
I like both these bikes. Maybe one of these days we need to set up a BF IA gravel ride. I think we have enough forum members to make this interesting.
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