Words all capitalized. Yeah. It’s that final.
Single-speed cross/commuter/winter bomber slay-weapon. It’s fun as ever. Bunny hopping with bigger tires is also less nerve-wracking. You can get a 42mm in up front and a properly measured 38mm or a generous 36mm tire in the rear (38mm WTB pathways on Aksium rims do not fit).
I’m still shopping for fenders, but it rolls and rides as good as it’s going to. Good stuff. Forgiving enough for a comfy ride, and stiff enough to take some hard pedaling.
And that’s right…I’ve found a magic gear ratio. With this 56 frame, a 44t Salsa front chainring and a 16t freewheel cog, the chain is taut. I found it after I cut too many links out of my chain after I set it up with a Forte single speed “derailleur”.
So, when you upgrade, don’t forget about your first real bike. I felt bad seeing the frame rot in my bike crap closet. It’s happy now.