A Fat City Restoration : Kai's Bicycle

As we prepare for the arrival of Sheila’s new frameset I thought now would be a good opportunity to shed some light on the bicycle I will be using on our trip around the world.

Originally purchased way-back in 1996, my Fat City Cycles “Wicked Lite” frameset was due for an overhaul. In a rather curious coincidence, I initiated this process three [Read More…]

More Bits for my Bike

Recently acquired bits for my bike-to-be and our trip:

#1 rule for enjoyable touring – start with a solid foundation for your bum!

My beautiful Brooks saddle: a Flyers S Special, especially for the Ladies.

I’ll start off with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires with Smart Guard

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The Building of My Bike: The Frame III

Folk Engineered, My Frame 8

More photos of my frame being built by Folk Engineered! I love being able to see the work in progress. Click here to see the full album on Folk Engineered’s Facebook page.

Photos by Folk Engineered

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The Building of My Bike: The Frame II

Folk Engineered Frame Building

Ryan from Folk Engineered has started building my frame! Check out the photos detailing some truly beautiful materials and fine workmanship. Visit Folk Engineered’s Facebook page to see the full album.

True Temper fork blades and steerer, Pacenti Paris-Brest crown, Henry James cast fork ends, and stainless steel canti bosses and blind rack bosses:

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Bike Bits

Bits for my dream bike. Every day I get a new part it feels like my birthday! Photos of some recently acquired goodies:

One Beautiful! Thomson Elite seat post (Made in the USA)

Shimano Dura-Ace/Ultegra/105 road brake lever set (Made in Japan)

Sugino MTB Chainring (Made in Japan)

HubBub Twist Shifter Drop Bar [Read More…]

The Rohloff Speedhub

Rolhoff Speedhub

My Rohloff Speedhub arrived this week!

Kai found a great deal on the the SPEEDHUB 500/14 CC EX, the Axle plate CC OEM2, 16T sprocket, a sprocket removal tool, twist grip, shifter cables, external gear mechanism, and an oil change kit through StarBike.com. I can’t wait to try it out!

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