For a long time I've been wanting a light weight commuter, and in January I was in the LBS on a payday, bought a crank-set, and I was committed. Seven months of mac-and-cheese dinners and buying a piece at a time, I'm done.
My intent was to build a dead reliable, practical, commuter, that I could also use for some light touring, century rides, an all around general purpose road bike. To that end I wanted a steel frame, with the right eyelets (fenders, rack, and lights make toys into tools in my mind), and I liked the weight of the La Raza.
The Rohloff hub more than meets my demands for reliability, and then there is the fact that I hate derailers, so what the hell, I could have made worse choices.
I'm physically uncomfortable on drop handle bars, so I'm going with a "M" shaped one that seems promising. It's an all day bike, and I put an all day saddle on it, a generator front hub, and Campy everywhere else.
I've put a hundred miles on her, and she is nimble, crisp (the Brooks still is not broken in) and the drive train is like butter. I love this bike.
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