Sunday, June 27, 2004


Bike of the Day

SJS Cycles "Fixed Wheel Training Frame"

Gotta love those Brits. The opposite of a freewheel must be a fixed wheel, right? Well, on this side of the pond we call 'em fixed gears. The fine folks at Saint John's Street Cycles saw the need for a purpose built fixed gear road bike. So they commissioned a fine Taiwanese builder to construct these frames, which have their kooky idiosyncrasies.

For instance, it has a derailer cable stop on the right chain stay, which is sorta barely visible in the photo. Why? I dunno, but I think that the bikes might be built in batches and that might explain it. Stay tuned.

It also has internal rear brake cable routing. That is, the cable for the rear brake runs throught the top tube. What rear brake, fixedgear? I don't know.

The eyelets on the dropouts would come in handy for mounting racks and fenders, though, something that might come in handy in rainy Britania or even Seattle.

Mine has a Profile carbon front fork that I got from the fine folks at Beacon Cycling for a song.

It has a Shimano 105 crank set, 165mm long, with a 42 tooth chainring. This drives a 17 tooth Euro Asia Imports track cog which despite its name claims to be made in the USA.

It has red Look pedals that I got on Ebay, and a red Sella San Marco saddle that I got from Richard Sachs who claims to be the only place in America where you can get them in this lovely lipstick red shade.

The wheels are Suzue "Disco" hubs laced to Mavic Open Pro wheels, shod with Panaracer Pasela 700 x 28 tires.

Oh, yeah, it has a Chris King headset, possibly the best bike part one can buy, truly a work of art.

A cool feature is this:

No, not the pin-up girl although she is very fetching. This bike has two brake levers controlling one brake. I got the idea here and as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Useless stats from todays ride:

59.47 miles

3:48:31 total ride time

33.5 mph max speed

15.5 mph average speed

We rode through Lancaster County, crossed a few covered bridges and stared at the Amish. I didn't coast once.

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