I came up with the idea for this bike while I was travelling with my S&S road bike. Travelling with a coupled bike is rad but I wanted something even simpler and faster so I could get out and enjoy a mornings riding anywhere before the girlfriend wakes up.
I wanted something that could be assembled in ~5min and take me exploring.
650b wheels allow me to run super plush 42mm tyres for those times that you find awesome dirt tracks or ancient rutted cobble roads.
Paul racer brakes clear the tyres nicely and are quick to unhook for packing.
Custom fillet brazed stem with internal cable run acts as a front cable hanger.
Custom Titanium Groovy cycles Luv Handles give a nice wide platform and a bit of compliance in the Ti.
White industries crankset, BB and pedals, Chris King rear hub and SS cog.
Fizik cyrano seatpost topped with a Brooks Swallow, soon to be replaced with a Brooks Cambium.
Custom engraved Patebury leather work
Lots of little details on this one, like machined titanium bar ends and stem cap that I whipped up on my Colchester lathe
There is a ferule fillet brazed through the stem which the brake housing runs into, then a small diameter brass tube brazed onto the end of the ferule. The brass tube has a nice gentle curve exiting the stem surrounded by a round steel reinforcement
Stem extension tube is 1.2mm so it is pretty heavily over engineered but I did this for safetys sake
Awesome Keith. It’s much harder to make a bike that serves a few purposes/styles of riding and this certainly hits the spot. Well though out, looks awesome & I think this would be such a fun bike to ride. Nice to see you flexing your muscles !!