Sorta 25 years in the making... I finally picked up my new bike, a custom steel Landshark. The builder is John Slawta in Oregon. I first saw a Landshark at an event ride many years ago. Since then, I would see one here and there and said to myself "Someday..." It took awahile because I just could not justify the expense... still can't but this is it... probably the last road bike I buy (now mountain bikes, another story).
It will be interesting to hear what you think of the paint scheme. I told he builder this "the reason I ride is to be outdoors' I think there is nothing sweeter than riding down a country road on a crisp sunny day,with the weeds and wildflowers blooming wold, hearing the birds chirp and feeling the wind in my face. I particularly love wild roses..." This was the builder's vision...
Although the bike looks whimsical, it's put together quite seriously. The shop, Main Street Cycles in Santa Maria, added alot of nice touches, some whimsical, some very functional. I think they had fun putting this bike together. The components are Ultegra 10 speed but I added Sram's new XX 36t cassette with an XT derailleur to give my old knees some climbing power. For some silly reason I like to ride hills but as I get older, it gets harder.
I would like to plug Main Street Cycles... if you are ever in Santa Maria, look them up. They are a high end bike shop. The owner, Scott, is an ex racer and knows how to put a serious bike together. He has two full time, experienced mechanics that actually know what they
are doing. Scott's shop is a regular stop for the professional riders during the Tour de California.
Anyway the photos:
Bike full view - in front of Main Street and more whimsical:
Another full view showing he paint scheme:
Showing the beautiful Sram cassette: