Getting a late start but, better late than never I suppose! I put in a lot of ride time this past summer and fall. More often than not my bike of choice has been my last year's MBBO entry "Twist of Lemon". Love the bike but, lots of little things I would do differently to increase its ride-ability if I were to do it again. That's kind of where the design idea for this bike began. Here's a the punch list of what I wanted to address: - Less weight, "Twist of Lemon" is a *heavy* bike. - Lower center of gravity. - Shorter wheel base. The weight of "Twist", where it's concentrated, plus the majority of the weight in the fork being in front of the steering axis made for a heavy steering feel. Add to that a wheelbase that put the rear axle back pretty far and I ended up with a bike that doesn't have as snappy of a feel to it as I think it potentially could. - Adjustable seat position Be nice to have the bike fit another rider than just me. - Simpler drivetrain and braking setup. I wanted to simplify the overall look and fabrication just because and, maybe a little laziness worked into the equation too. Fitting curved tubing at compound angles is fun and challenging but also takes a lot of time and patience. I struggled for a while to hit upon a design. I just couldn't come up with something I liked enough to get excited about the fabrication and fitting that would be required. After backing up a bit and starting fresh I came up with this mostly straight line design. Really reminds me a lot of Apollo/Screamer/Eliminator/Chopper MK designs. Not a bad thing. Simplification and ride-ability also influenced a lot of the part selections. I'm going with mostly new parts this time around rather than refurbishing older components. Sealed bearings for the bottom bracket and headset, an internal geared hub with coaster brake for the rear, and a disc brake hub up front. The rear wheel is a 24 x 50mm Felt 3-spd conversion upgrade kit. This uses a Nexus 3-spd and twist shifter. I haven't decided for sure if I'll use the twist shifter or try to come up with some type of stick shift. I'm using the same 24 x 3 Innova tire for the rear that I used last time even though it's heavy. I just like the look. The front wheel is a 20 x 31mm rim with a 90mm sturmey-archer disc brake hub and 20 x 1.75 tire.