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#271887 30-May-2020 22:46
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I have decided, due to aches and pains, to move to an e-bike.

 

Thus I have for sale a unique, one-off bike built for me by someone in Wellington. If I am honest, I have forgotten his name, but he was a cycle mechanic who set up a home business custom building bikes to order. He moved on after a few years but what we have here was entirely hand assembled to order for me from parts sourced for me. 

 

 

 

Frame - Cotic Roadrat steel in Builders Tea

 

Front brake - sealed hub Shimano

 

Rear Brake - sealed hub actuated by reverse pedalling (great for tail slides...)

 

Gears - Shimano Sealed Hub 8 speed

 

Saddle - Sprung Leather Brookes style by Orange Velo

 

Bars - Old style with cork grips and bell

 

Wheels - would have to look up exact components but hubs are Shimano and they were hand laced by Wheelworks in Wellington

 

 

 

I intended it to be an adult version of a kids bike - jump on, ride, jump off without the faff that goes with modern cycling! The back-pedal brakes are (or were) common in continental Europe and so were the sealed hub brakes on the front - both were specially shipped in for this bike. The sealed 8 speed, mudguards, stand and rack make it a great all-weather commuter or wine weekender.

 

Cotic make excellent frames and if you wanted, you could strip my leisure parts and rebuild the frame into a very sporty machine instead. This is what they wrote about the frame

 

 

 

"Faster than a mountain bike on the road, way more fun and versatile than a traditional road bike, the Roadrat is your perfect 'other' bike. A Life Bike. Cruise into work or head for the hills. Go on holiday, or to the shops. Go on adventures, or get some headspace.

 

It was born of a desire for something swift and rugged to take on the rapidly crumbling tarmac of the urban landscape, but also up for disappearing for a few days with nothing but your sleeping bag and mat for company. We melded our iconic mountain bike fit and handling with fast road features and rigid forks.

 

All Cotic Life Bikes, including the Roadrat have big clearances for big tyres."

 

 

 

It has seen much less use than I intended and is in very good condition. Buyer would need to collect or could get it to Wellington on the train.

 

The bike cost about $2,300 to build.

 

Pricing it is hard because there are no other ones, so open to sensible offers.






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  #2495493 31-May-2020 07:23
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a picture says a thousand words


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  #2495497 31-May-2020 08:02
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You wouldn't consider having an ebike motor + battery fitted to the current bike?

 
 
 
 




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  #2495638 31-May-2020 12:52
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mdf: You wouldn't consider having an ebike motor + battery fitted to the current bike?


It costs almost $3000 to do that and my view is that the components weren’t intended to work in a powered solution.

Safer to get something built from the first design sketch to be a powered bike, in my view.







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  #2495639 31-May-2020 12:52
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Jase2985:

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When the rain stops...!







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Jase2985:

 

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As requested!






 
 
 
 


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Nice! This is chromoly steel btw as you might expect, which is a very good thing : ).



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  #2497267 3-Jun-2020 10:18
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The frame is quite versatile too. You could change up wheels, bars etc and alter the performance balance in several ways.

It’s set up for relaxed riding just now but lower, flatter bars would make it a fast commuter etc.





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