I ordered a Sondors OG - steel frame, 4.9" tires, LCD - and plan on using it to commute to the beach to surf, ride around town for errands, and hopefully bring it with me on many adventures. It will spend the vast majority of its life in the sand and salty sea air. I opted for steel because if damage occurs, it can be repaired more easily without much concern of structural integrity.
I plan on giving it a thorough once over before I take it on its maiden voyage. Here is what I plan on doing:
-applying frame saver to the frame
-greasing all bolts, torquing to spec
-dipping the chain in molten speed wax
I would like to make some upgrades to my bike. Here is the beginning of my wishlist:
-titanium hardware (rotor bolts, caliper bolts, stem bolts, seatpost clamp bolt, crank bolts, etc)
-upgrade the seatpost and clamp (thomson or nice carbon post)
-new tires - vee rubber speedster or equivalent tire 26 x 3.5. I think the 4.9 tire would be nice for loose dirt or long sand rides but the majority of my riding will be on pavement or packed dirt
Has anyone mounted a surfboard rack on there Sondors bike? I saw some with a carver surf rack but I currently have the MBB rack on my cruiser. Will the MBB rack hardware clear the headtube?
What tires do you like and why? I think the vee rubber speedster or sunlite crusher tires are a good compromise for light dirt and pavement use but I also like the tires from the Electra Cruiser Lux Fat Tire bike. The tires on the electra may struggle in the loose/sandy stuff though.