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Project Monty: New Seat, Grips, and Pedals.

Modded Montague Folding BikeMonty’s new furniture and functional accessories have been trickling in over the last week or so. I finally got it all put together today and was able to take a quick test-ride. Monty held up pretty well on some rough trails, especially when you consider the somewhat rookie status of the rider. So what did I add to get the folding adventure bike to this point?

For the “furniture,” I wanted to switch over to brown to match the tan respray. Although there was an obvious cosmetic reasoning behind this, I also wanted to replace the worn seat, grips, and pedals for functional reasons. Here’s what I went with:

  • Oury MTN Grips in Muddy Brown – Very comfortable. These absorb shock quite well.
  • XLC Men’s Comfort Seat – There weren’t a lot of brown seats to choose from in my price range, but I’m glad I went with this one. I was a bit worried when it arrived because it looked considerably less padded than the Velo that came on the bike…but a long ride proved that the XLC is extremely comfortable. I was able to keep my butt in the saddle far longer than I was with the Velo, and I still have no tingling to report (even after several hours.)
  • Wellgo MBP Platform Pedals – I bought these only for the color, to be honest, but it ended up being a good purchase. My feet were slipping off of the stock Wellgos quite a bit. They never slip off of these, as they’re a bit larger and the nubs aren’t worn down.

NOTE: I will still be replacing the crank arms at some point after the “pedal fell off” incident last week. I was able to fix the problem temporarily by threading the pedal in from the back of the crank arm (which cleaned up the threads) and then re-installing it the correct way. In my search for crank arms, I may have convinced myself that I want to convert Monty to a single-speed bike. I’m still looking around for parts.

In the next post, I’ll go over the other accessories that have made their way on to the bike since last week!

Source these parts on Amazon:

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