Wednesday, August 24, 2011

City Bike Prototype is Complete

This has been the most difficult bike build that I've ever done. The first ever Lumberjack was easier than this. I guess that's why you prototype.

I'm very happy with how this turned out. Not ecstatic. But very happy, and all the little nitpicks that make me less than ecstatic will be hammered out in the production version. The big things are there. I'm happy with the concept. I'm happy with the general arrangement. I'm happy with the colours. I'm extremely happy with how it rides. But the production bike will need to be cleaner. Better cable routing. Sliding dropouts. Etc. Just a bit better.

I'll also follow up with some impressions of some of the gear on this bike. Brooks saddle and grips. Alfine 11. Gates Carbon Drive. North Road style handlebar. Etc. Anyhow, take a look at the photos.
Here is a photo of the rolling chassis. I was super excited at this point as the bike was so clean. I think I can recapture most of this with some better cable routing. Internal? Maybe.