Yes, the "everything bike".......My "everything bike" is closer to R2's one from the other Mercian thread on the does anybody know board.....but that's only because we happen to like similar sorts of riding, mixing tarmac with tracks......
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..........""FWIW,I've been tentatively thinking of a lightweight frame that builds up into a 10kg bike it would have to take lightweight 700x35mm tyres and m/guards.
As it would be a fair weather bike I'd go for V brakes. It'd have to be steel, probably 631 or 725 and of a compact frame design with a high/long headtube 72deg seatube 73deg h/tube it needn't have overly long chainstays as it wouldn't carry a load other than a day bag.
Mercian could build me such a frame but I'd cost an arm and a leg, if I could get one off the peg elsewhere I'd be happy or if someone knows a frame builder who has a good track record and doesn't charge the earth let me know
The bike I would build would be a proper light tourer, stable and without toe overlap, with clearance for fairly big tyres, but light enough to be comfortable and a bit lively, and it would be
the bike that lots of these "not-really-cyclocross-bikes" seem to be trying