For today’s Readers’ Rides, we’re dipping into some cycling ephemera. Swobo’s bike frames weren’t around long but they’ve generated quite the cult-like following. Evan converted his Folsom frame into a basket bike and we know how much y’all like basket bikes so let’s jump right in!
This is my Swobo Folsom which I’ve had for a number of years. It’s not my best bike but is certainly my favorite. I use it for hauling my daughters around in the trailer, running errands, neighborhood hot laps, and probably most importantly, just going for a bike ride.
I really like getting kitted out and going out for a long day or weekend on my other bikes but sometimes there is nothing better than just opening the garage and getting on a bike and going out for a ride.
I live in the neighborhood I grew up in and still being able to jump curbs from my childhood, hit dirt jumps behind my elementary school, and annoy my neighbors with skid marks in their driveways is the best…even better that I get to share it with my girls.
The current iteration:
Swobo Folsom frame
Van Dessel fork off a buddy’s old SS
Race Face chainring off my old SS
Mismatched 26” wheels off eBay
Kenda tires (2.1s)
Brooks C17 (probably the nicest thing on the bike…my mom gave it to me off a bike she was selling)
Carbon fiber headset spacers for weight savings
Bell basket which is perpetually loose but super useful and cool looking
Truvativ cranks and ISIS BB (that name hasn’t aged well)
Swobo bars and stem
Green seatpost I found
Awful, awful rear brake I found on eBay
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