Spring must officially be here. We’ve been busy, and folks are anxious to get out on their bikes. A couple of recent builds stand out, and we’ve got some exciting events on the calendar
First up is a red and black steel Club Racer. The client wanted a classic steel ride, and the ability to run larger tires. The interest in running larger tires has increased a lot lately. The growth in dirt road riding seems to be driving demand, but also the realization that a bigger tire not only increases comfort, but the larger contact patch actually leads to lower rolling resistance (I know, it’s counter intuitive, but look it up).
We were given a bit of creative license on this one, as long as we made it black with red accents.
We get to do lots of exotic builds with top of the line parts, but there is just something satisfying about doing a versatile steel machine with solid components. SRAM’s Rival group is great value for money, and their WiFLi system allows you to run up to a 32 tooth cog, which when combined with a compact front crank gets you pretty close to a 1:1 gear ratio… perfect for long and steep gravel climbs.
A classic Brooks B17 provides the perfect perch to grind out the miles.