Re: Happy new year all! Its time to start my bike project!
Howdy Kev, welcome.
Best advise I could give is read, read, read. Lots of thoughts and differing opinions. I've worked/lived near you and with them hills, yehaa! (Gonna be a blast on a MB. except for the uphill parts, snork)
Not in any way advise but have you looked at the DIY sections and FDs or FD kits? (Friction Drives) If 50% or so of your commute is downhill, might be a thought.
Any way, welcome and post lots of pics.
Sorry about your loss of the RX. Not fun.