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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

26″Ain’t Useless: The Final Cool Commuter and Cruiser?


A few of our workers (myself included), have been reigniting our love for the 26″ Mountain Bike. With most riders now choosing a 29er or Gravel bike for off highway driving or commuting, it’s a rarer sight to see a 26″ these days… We determined to mud the cobwebs off ours and provides them a bit of trendy aptitude and a properly deserved love (and a a lot wanted service in fact)!

Let’s begin by looking at some ‘bikespiration’, right here’s a few of Merlin Cycles’ workers owned 26″ commuters.

Pictured Above: Rob’s 90s GT with Moto Bars, Cloth Saddle, Billy Bonkers 26″ Tyres, Carbon Forks, 1x Chainring. Rob created this ‘Frankenbike’ after being given the body by Mike in our returns division. He now makes use of it as a commuter and weekend bike, having fun with rides alongside the Guild Wheel in Preston! “It’s a pleasure to experience and I’ve actually had a blast placing this bike collectively.”

Pictured Above: My Merlin Malt 2, that includes Cannondale Carbon Bars, Raceface Stem, 1x Chainring and Billy Bonkers 26″ Tyres. This bike was given to me by my dad and I made a decision to make it right into a commuter/cruiser for my leisurely ‘restoration’ rides and journeys to the espresso store. It’s a extremely cozy experience and the vast bars I added simply really feel refreshing in comparison with my drop bars on the gravel bike I often gravitate to.

Pictured Above: Joe’s US Made (very uncommon) Rock Lobster 26″, that includes Chris King Headset, Kenda Tyres (excellent for gravelling), 1x Chainring, Thomson Syncros bars and Thomson Elite Stem, XT Groupset. Joe purchased this bike to make use of for gravel adventures and paying homage to the basic roots of Merlin Cycles and the Rock Lobster vary from the 90s! As a consequence of too many bikes in his assortment (if that’s actually potential) he’s seeking to promote it someday quickly… Drop us a message if you wish to make him a proposal (don’t wait too lengthy, a Lobster on this gorgeous situation is snapped up rapidly)!

On this information, we’ll discover the right way to obtain an analogous transformation, from including distinctive options like “Billy Bonkers” tyres and vast trendy handlebars to optimizing your bike for city adventures. Prepare to show heads as you cruise via the streets in fashion! In fact you may add as little or many upgrades to your bike as you want…

1. Improve Your Tires: “Billy Bonkers” All of the Method:

Begin your transformation by swapping out your conventional mountain bike tires for the distinctive Billy Bonkers tyres. These quick rolling, dust leap bike tyres not solely add a playful retro vibe but additionally present glorious traction and stability, making them excellent for city driving. Accessible in each black and tan wall!

2. Vast Handlebars and Grips for Consolation:

Exchange your slim mountain bike handlebars with wider ones to create a extra comfy and upright driving place. Pair them with ergonomic grips that provide a cushty and safe maintain throughout your rides.

My Merlin Malt 2 has Cannondale HollowGram SAVE Carbon Riser Handlebars which I really feel actually replace the look of the bike and simply add to that vast bar cruiser bike really feel. The grips additionally wanted a refresh as they’d seen much better days, so I opted for a pair of Token Lock on Grips in gold.

Rob’s purple bars have been taken from an previous Bike within the storage! So that you don’t at all times need to spend further to get that distinctive flare of a considered one of a sort cruiser bike! It could be value asking round or seeing what previous bikes members of the family or mates have tucked away of their backyard shed…

3. Embrace the Simplicity of a 1x Chainring:

Swap to a 1x chainring setup with a chainring of your alternative to fit your desired driving fashion and your elevation achieve. This modification simplifies your bike’s drivetrain, lowering upkeep and making a cleaner aesthetic. You’ll recognize the convenience of shifting and the improved chain retention.

Discover our full vary of MTB chainrings right here.

4. Puncture-Resistant Interior Tubes for Peace of Thoughts:

In your city adventures, set up puncture-resistant internal tubes to scale back the chance of flats. These tubes are designed to face up to city or gravel particles and supply added peace of thoughts throughout your commutes. With weight not being a precedence on a cruiser bike you needn’t fear about a couple of further grams for the added safety.

5. Refresh Your Cockpit: New Stem and Prime Cap:

Give your bike a contemporary contact by changing the stem with a brand new one that enhances and suits your wider or up to date handlebars. Select a stem size that fits your driving fashion and enhances your consolation. Full the improve with a recent high cap for a refined look. The stem featured right here is the Race Face Aeffect 35.

I added a gold high cap to my Malt 2 simply to match the remainder of the gold improve color scheme. It’s an affordable addition that simply finishes off the glossy look…

6. Go for a Snug Saddle:

In case your current saddle isn’t as comfy as you’d like or has seen higher days… Think about upgrading to a brand new, extra cushioned choice. A snug saddle is essential for gratifying rides, whether or not you’re heading to the pub or cruising to work.

My saddle was a lot comfy sufficient however Rob solely beginning together with his GT body determined to go together with a Cloth saddle and he’s very happy with the assist it provides on the day by day commute “It’s mega cozy!”. At an inexpensive worth and unparalleled consolation you may’t go mistaken with a Cloth Scoop Sport Saddle.

To discover our full vary of MTB Saddles click on right here.

Your Fashionable Retro Pub and Commuter Companion…

With every improve, your 26″ mountain bike transforms right into a one-of-a-kind retro pub and commuter bike that captures consideration wherever you go. You may decide to customize your bike as little or a lot as you’d like. Merely including Billy Bonkers tyres to your previous MTB is a recreation changer which can prevent shopping for a hybrid bike.

Will you embrace the fusion of retro aptitude and trendy practicality? If that’s the case, get able to make cruise in true fashion while giving your previous 26er the adore it deserves…

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