Old Road Racer
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes: Bicycle Transportation: 2013 Ford Focus Electric, 2010 Toyota Prius
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stapfam, it rides as I'd hoped it would. It was kind of a big experiment and my main goal was to build a bike with a close to zero maintenance as possible that I could ride to work (6 miles each way) in my regular work clothes (except for shoes). Basically a "ride like the Dutch" experiment. Gearing was the biggest guess. My ride is relatively flat but I didn't want the gearing so high that I would work up a sweat. Can't remember exactly what's on it but something like low 60-inches based on a 27" wheel. So far so good.
Bikey Mikey, I got the stand a couple of year ago. Found it on the internet after seeing people using it on some forum posts. The place that had it was in Missouri and it was around $40. I'll see if I can dig up the source.
GeorgeBMac, the frame is from a relatively small company in Oregon. It's welded aluminum (really nice and clean welds) and it's powder-coated. I got the frame about a year ago. The older parts are the saddle (Sella Italia Flite Ti from the early 2000s), pedals (Ritchey something-or-other from the early 1990s), and brake levers (Dura Ace from the mid-1980s). It's actually a miracle that the rubber hoods on the brake levers aren't disintegrating. Drivetrain is Gates Carbon Drive CDX CenterTrack. Brakes are Avid BB7 Road Mechanical Disc Brakes. Wheels were custom built at my LBS with Hope Pro2 EVO hubs (single-speed rear hub). The belt drive is really interesting. It's incredibly smooth and seems easier to pedal than my chain drive fixie (track bike) and single-speed (rain bike). Of course that may just be the gearing but it's a lot of fun to ride.
NOS88, I have mud guards or fenders on a couple of other bikes, most notably my rain bike for training. I was thinking of putting fenders on this bike and my wife said, "You're never going to ride to work in the rain." She's (of course) right.
Rick@OCRR, depending on my professional future, this bike may see a number of different uses. Hopefully the powder coating is as durable as it looks. If not, that's why I opted for aluminum over steel.