New bike – Salsa Vaya
Thought I’d indulge in some gratuitous showing off, apologies.
After being delayed about 6 weeks my Vaya frame arrived from Taiwan (via Edinburgh Bike Coop) and I put all the bits that had been on my Roadrat. I’ve not weighed it. It’s not light, but not too bad considering what it’s designed for – XT hubs (front has a dynamo), A319/719 rims and 32mm tyres.
The messy wires under the top tube are for a very bright front and rear dyno-powered LED set, with the gubbins in a box under the saddle.
I’m wondering if it’s too cold for a few days touring somewhere. Not sure if I can wait till spring!Posted 7 years ago
Yeah the white tape came with the bars, I’ll maybe change it to brown or pale blue when I get a Brooks swift…
Based in Yorkshire, sorry al!
Changed because the ‘rat’s not a tourer – rack doesn’t fit neatly, and it’s a pita to change the rear wheel when mudguards are fitted. Right tool for the job etc – the wheel drops out very neatly on this, the caliper is in the ‘correct’ position, and there are tons of braze-ons, including the underneath-downtube bottle mount for a fuel bottle.
I’ve not really ridden that many bikes to compare it to (expect the roadrat). I’ve only done about 50 miles on it so far – it’s obviously heavy-ish with the rack on, but quite comfortable and has a very upright position, mostly due to the long headtube.Posted 7 years agoBlackhoundSubscriber
Cheers Mowgli. I don’t run disc’s on my ‘rat and my rack fitted fine. Agree that rear punctures can be a pita sometimes when running gears.
I never thought of the Roadrat as a bike for full on touring, but fine for light touring and I have no complaints about that aspect.Posted 7 years ago
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