Did some bike stuff this weekend so I thought I’d pop up my trusty work steed.
Frame : Fuji Track 2009 58cm
Fork : stock
Stem: stock but turned upside down
Bars: Some black bars with a slight rise I scavenged off some mongoose
Brakes: Some roadie brakes i got cheap off ebay, running with mtb pads facing backwards
Brake lever: Tektro BMX lever. Great for an easy change of the bars
Bottle holder: Some fancy lookin plastic thing I got from the LBS For $14.95 when mine broke. Rattles a bit when the bottle is full but does the trick and it more aerodynamic or some crap?
Crankset: SRAM Omniums or the next cheapest one down from the omniums. Sweet cranks though 130 BCD is a bit inconveient atleast they are black and not grey. I usually destroy cranks in a couple of months. These are goin strong after 5 months so I love ‘em
Chainring: Cycle underground ring design one black anodised 46T
Chain: Izumi 1/8th
Cog: Surly 17T
Chainstay protector: Inner tube wrapped around with leccy tape outer shell reinforcerment
Tensioner: Surly Tuggnut on the drive side, mostly because of the bottle opener
Pedals: Time atac
Grips: Black ourys. First set of ourys. Keyboard ones were nice enough if a bit thin and wore out in a couple of months.
Front wheel: radially spoked mavic22 a mate gave me off his old roadie
Front tyre: $16 vittoria rubino off wiggle runnin at 150 psi. Very tight and only 1 big glass puncture
Rear wheel: Machined deep V I took a some black rattle can to. Doesn’t look as cool as the old black and white B43 but much more reliable and light.
Rear tyre: Gatorskin. Last for ages if a bit sticky. No puncture flats yet.
Seatpost: some cheaper thompson ripoff with the tapered tubing I got after snapping a seatpost in the valley one morning. The microadjust thing is kinda annoying
Saddle: Bioflex GT from wiggle for like $20. Being going strong for 6 months and comfy like your mums face
Lock: $14.95 basta springy lock that works as a mere deterent. Thinking about painting it pink like a pigs’ tail.
Paint job: Stock plus whatever stickers I can lay my hands on
That’s mostly the point really. I don’t enjoy the crushing blow of having a bike I’ve gotten just right for me pinched. As happened with my first courier bike which I had just pimped perfectly. So ugly work steeds have been my motto since.
I wasn’t sure about the paint job on the new rear wheel. Was trying a similar ghetto technique on that I used on the black and white b43. I asked a couple of people I ran into and they liked it so I decided to keep it. There was speak of using it like a roulette/cheese wheel at an alley cat.
People will more often complement things to your face I think.
A bit of negative response is good. Nice to have people hatin the look.
Means I have to lock the bike up less
I figure it can take up to a minute or two to lock and unlock a bike each time you do a drop. I can do a job in 5 minutes it improves efficiency by 2/5ths and therefore more cash for me
Bars are the right length for my shoulders and I guess I’m a big dude.
These are my first set of ourys’ though and I reckon they’re too stubby. Though I do enjoy the circumference. Thinking about wrappen some bar tape along the bars to the stem for extra grabby space.
i also think it’s pretty funny when hipsters spend a heap of money trying to emulate some sort of messenger/fakenger look, when the real messengers are ten steps ahead in what actually works on the street.
i’m all for the cutting edge technology of leccy tape and rattle cans.