Raleigh Tamland Two:
Again, long time readers of this blog already probably guessed that this bike would be showing up here in my year end review on bicycles I have used most. I've written tons about it and there isn't a whole lot to say further on the rig. There were a couple of changes though, so I will go over that.
First off, I built up a new wheel set last Winter using WTB i25 Frequency rims laced to White Industries hubs. The White Industries hubs are really quite nice, by the way. For a boutique brand hub, made in America, they are a pretty good deal. Plus, you can get them in several anodized colors if you'd like that. I have been impressed enough that I am considering another set for another wheel build. More on that in a moment.....
|I tried this bike with 650b wheels and 47mm tires.|
Looking back, I might give the 650B experiment another go on the Tamland. It could be that a toothier treaded tire is what it needs, or maybe I just bailed out on that set up way too soon on that bike. I am not sure.
So, for the future I think I want to build a special wheel set just for this bike. I really like how the Velocity Ailerons have felt in 650B size, so I figured that maybe I should go and give a 700c sized set a whirl at some point. The wheels I have on it now will eventually end up on my Fargo Gen I bike.
That's about it here. I may still end up swapping saddles as well, but for now, the Tamland is pretty dialed and it is a bike I really like a lot.