Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Single Speed Of The Week

The plan here is to show a different single speed each week. We love single speeds for their simplicity, utilitarianism, and fun. We love em so much that we have a Thursday night single speed ride/race each week. It makes for an interesting Friday at the shop with plenty to argue about and cuss your co-worker for. We've even had a man start a fight with a yard light thinking it was the headlight of another rider who dropped him. I'll start it out with my own single. This was a Bianchi Veloce 56cm frame. I toted it over to Boyd Atherton our local frame builder and asked him to install Paul's single speed dropouts http://www.paulcomp.com/. I also requested that he knock off anything that was needed for gears (cable stops etc.). When that was finished, the guys at Top Koat put a flat black powder coat on it. The rest of the kit goes something like this: old Dura Ace square taper crank with a 42T Salsa ring and 105 pedals, Dura Ace 7800 wheelset with a Redline 17t alloy cog (probably needs replacing by now), Continental Grand Prix Four Season 700/25 tires, Moots layback seatpost with Fizik Aliante Ti/Carbon Saddle, Mavic brakeset (under rated), Cane Creek brake levers, Sram chain, Bianchi carbon fork, Chris King threadless headset, ITM Visia 120mm stem, Truvativ 42 cm handlebar, Nite Rider Minewt headlight, bear creek road mud on downtube, Arundel Daveo carbon cages from my friends at http://www.arundelbike.com/. Loss of hair courtesy of 7th street barber shop. Photo of dog (jackie), just for good measure.


Anonymous said...

Give my regards to the "homeless man" - he was good while he lasted.

Will be looking for a good (cheap) commuter bike soon. What do you recommend? Size approx. 60cm.


The Colonel said...

How bout a Kona Paddy wagon? You could enjoy some single speed reliability.

Anonymous said...

maybe you could teach Surfer and Crozzy how to grow facial hair?...poor guys have been weening pre-teen goatees for years now.

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Flatman said...

Sweet bike... :)