I got this Krampus back in 2013. It has seen lots of action as my bikepacking rig until it got replaced for that mission in 2019 by a fancy custom frame. It's lived on as my favourite way to get around town beating out a couple drop bar bikes that should have been better urban assault machines. Unfortunately the the 2013 me wasn't thinking of the 2023 me when he cut the steerer fairly short. Even with my tallest bars I wasn't 100% comfortable on this bike anymore. I pondered a few ideas for solving the problem.
I settled on a fresh Krampus fork with an uncut steerer, Stooge Junker bars in 100mm rise, a Surly TV Tray rack platform attached to a 15+ year old Old Man Mountain Rack. Since I was feeling fancy I grabbed a Chromag stem from my parts bin because...blue!
I had been riding around with my cat in this backpack and she seemed to like it, but I couldn't tell what was going on with her. In this configuration she can see where we are going and I can keep an eye on her through the mesh top.
I splurged and got the Surly bag that fits the TV Tray platform. It's great for hauling a bunch of loose items like groceries.
The previous setup ^^. All in all the changes have been great. I enjoy the higher front end cruising around town. The front rack is super handy for all sorts of cargo. If I was looking for a downside the front end of the bike is noticeably heavier when I pop the wheel up a curb. That seems like reasonable trade off.
Last edited by: Vikb on Aug. 9, 2023, 7 a.m., edited 4 times in total.