This bike was built in the space-starved confines of my 1-bedroom condo in central Ohio. My goal was to build a good winter-beater bike for night time snow/winter riding from scratch without breaking the bank. It took me nine months to source all the parts and the total cost (minus the lights) was under $200. The steel frame is rattle can painted in a camouflage pattern, including the seat (vinyl paint used on it). It is the heaviest bike on earth.

Here are the details:
Steel Meany MB frame (new)
Generic steel front fork (used)
26" generic rear rim with generic coaster brake hub (new)
26" generic front rim and hub (used)
Maxis Mobster 26 x 2.8 !!! downhill tires (new)
Shimano Nexus crank and BB
Generic rat-trap pedals
Bucket-style Schwinn saddle
Ritchey threaded 1-1/8" headset (new)
Nashbar 1-1/8" quill-style suspension stem
Generic aluminum handlebars w/ Forte lock-on grips
Ahead-style 70mm stem for light bar (used)
Kosal v-brake (new)
Odyssey brake lever (used)
NightRider MiNewt lighting systems (2)

Frank Cava

Boston, MA & Columbus, OH


Winter Beater - side view
Winter Beater - drivetrain detail
Winter Beater - front & rear
Winter Beater - light bar detail
Winter Beater - big honking tire




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