Mildred’s Not A Banana Tourer

“I don’t want it to look like a banana.”

A strange request, but I knew what she meant. Mildred wanted an off road touring bike, with plus tyres, full rack set, lights, modern 1x drop bar gearing, dropper post compatibility – all the good stuff.

But beyond that, the key thing she was looking for was a sense of proportion.

A lot of Mildred’s bikes had the kind of geometry compromises the bike industry often makes on smaller sized bikes – odd head angles, weird proportions with tiny seat tubes that give them the banana look Mildred meant.

Her new bike is designed to fit a 90mm dropper post in the future while keeping the proportions elegant. We chose the 26″+ wheel size to help package everything within the smaller frame, and IĀ built an extra wide version of my twin plate fork crown to fit those huge tyres. The full rack set integrates the dynamo light wires internally, with a plug so the rear rack can be quickly removed for lighter trips, along with the removable lowriders.

With a custom stem and careful design, Mildred now has a bike that fits her just right, and isn’t a banana.

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