Elephant Bikes-This is a custom steel frame built with a shorter front center to fit my shorter torso. It’s got a 68 head tube with the 120mm Fox fork on it. With the 650 wheels it’s a lot of fun to ride. Like my cross bike below this has a fair share of American made parts, Sram components and time pedals. The wheels are Stan’s Crest rims with DT Swiss hubs. Of course I run them tubeless.
Gunnar Cycles-This is also a custom built frame. The seat tube measures 56cm, the top tube is 54mm. The fork is also a custom steel bend from Gunnar to fit the frame without any toe overlap. Being cross I have a couple wheelsets both with Velocity A23 rims. Since I have rim brakes I like the same rims so the brake setup stays the same. I have White Ind hubs on one set and Velocity hubs on the other. I keep one pair set up tubeless. The other I have tubes in to make changing to different tires easy.
Other Stuff-Lake shoes, Uvex helmet, Ospray pack, wool socks, thrift store clothing.
The Velocity Major Tom is a cyclocross specific tubular rim. Their 23mm wide tubular profile is perfect for gluing up cross tires, and the seam relief channel helps with centering. They are tubulars so they are fast. They are built for cyclocross so they are strong. Now they are priced so you can afford the tires to go with them.
I have a few pairs of these some with machined sidewalls some without. cost is $99 pair. Hole counts vary. Call soon for the best selection.
They make great touring wheels and I’ve got lots of them. Their 24 mm profile really lets the tire bead spread out and form a nice round tire shape. The machined sidewalls provide a better braking surface or if you’ve made the switch to disc brakes they can do that too. Also, at just over 500 gr they are lighter and just as strong as other brands alloy touring rims. Complete wheelset prices vary since I can build these up with any number of hubs from Shimano to Chris King to fit your budget. If all that’s not enough, they are also made in Velocity’s U.S. factory. I’ve got them in black and silver for $60 each while supplies last.
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Well, it’s the first Saturday in August again. That means it’s time for another Midnight Century ride! That’s right 100 mile bike ride starting at midnight. It’s a great route starting along the Cent Trail, then out into the Palouse for some top notch graveling, through Mica and Spangle, onto the Fish Lake Trail to finish back in the spoke. If you are attending I hope you’ve done some pre-riding. The Palouse can be mighty dark and not very well signed so it’s best to know your turns ahead of time. Here’s the Q: http://midnightcentury.com/cuesheet.pdf
New wheels are the best upgrade you can make to your bike. If you think I’m being biased ask around. I hand build stock and custom wheelsets for all kinds of bikes. As a dealer I have new parts in stock or I can build wheels using your new or used parts. Sometimes my hand built wheels can be expensive or exotic but they don’t have to be. Heck, I even have some hubs for as little as free right now. Hand built wheels with traditional spokes ride better, are lighter at the rim and more serviceable. Contact me for your personal quote.
I find it exotic that Son hubs come wrapped in German newspaper. I recently built up another wheel set for a tour divide rider. This pair is with 50mm wide carbon rims and a Son dynamo 135mm front hub. Which is a pretty rare hub itself. With a USB port attachment Dynamo hubs are great at powering all kinds of devices as you ride. I can hand build wheels with carbon or aluminium rims and a dynamo hub for your next trip.