Sheila's Touring Bicycle

Find out more about the building of Sheila’s bicycle in these posts.

NOTE – The description has been updated to reflect the parts currently installed on the bike – the images are dated and may therefore differ.

Frame – Folk Engineered fabricated, “Home Sweet Home” inspired, 100% custom-fabricated & Rohloff-ready frame utilizing a mix of straight-gauge & single- and double-butted True Temper stress-relieved 4130 Chro-Moly “Verus” (main triangle) and heat treated “Verus HT” tubing (all stays).  The construction features a lugged main triangle utilizing Henry James “Mountain” lugs, a fillet-brazed Phil Wood 4130 Chro-Moly eccentric bottom bracket shell w/17-4 stainless steel stand-offs and Henry James double-eyeleted stainless-steel “Mountain” rear dropouts [scroll down].  Accessory bits include a full set of cantilever brake bosses, triple water bottle bosses (stainless) & a full compliment of stainless steel rack and fender bosses and cable guides & stops.  All powder coated gray, with one logo and fabricated in Newark, New Jersey by Ryan & Marie.  [All Made in USA]

Fork – Folk Engineered custom-fabricated fork w/1” steerer, Pacenti “Paris-Brest” crown, True Temper stress-relieved Verus fork blades, Henry James double-eyeleted stainless-steel “Mountain” dropouts with lowrider bosses and fork-crown bosses (to allow the mounting of a rear rack to the front of the bike).  All powder coated gray, with no logos and built by Ryan & Marie.  [Made in USA]


Bottom BracketPhil Wood Standard Eccentric (non-relieved) & Phil Wood Stainless Bottom Bracket w/Phil Wood Cups, English  [All Made in USA]

CranksSugino XD2 600 Square Taper Crank, 165mm (74-110 BCD)  [Made in Japan]

Crank Bolts – Sugino Autex Self-Extracting Crank Bolts, NOS  [Made in Japan]

ChainringsSugino 38T chainring  [Made in Japan]

Rear Derailleur – None!

Front Derailleur – None!

Cassette – None! One (1) Stock 16T Rohloff cog  [Made in Germany]

ChainWipperman 808 8-speed chain w/ Connex links  [Made in Germany]

Shifters – Rohloff “Grip”Shift mounted ‘bar-end style’ with the use of a HubBub drop extender.  [Made in Germany, Made in USA]


Front HubPhil Wood FSA Touring, 36-Hole  [Made in USA]

Rear Hub  Rohlof Speehub 500/14 CC EX OEM (8015) silver, 32-Hole with Rohloff Axle plate CC OEM2 (8227) [Both Made in Germany]

Rear Rim – Sun-Ringle Ryhno Lite XL 26” 32-Hole, drilled for Schraeder  [Made in Taiwan]

Front RimSun-Ringle Ryhno Lite XL 26” 36-Hole, drilled for Schraeder  [Made in Taiwan]

Front and Rear NipplesWheelsmith Brass Nipples  [Made in USA] and DT Swiss Standard Brass [Made in Switzerland]

Front & Rear SpokesWheelsmith (DB-14) Double Butted Stainless Spokes [Made in USA] & DT Swiss Champion straight gauge stainless spokes  [Made in Switzerland]

Front and Rear Rim TapeVelox cloth rim tape  [Made in France]

Front and Rear TireSchwalbe Marathon Plus– black sidewall w/reflector, 26”X1.75”  [Made in Indonesia]

Front & Rear SkewersPitlock stainless steel locking skewers  [Made in Germany]

Front and Rear Fenders – SKS Chromoplastic P65 Fenders, Black  [Made in Germany]

Mudflaps – DIY following these instructions (our thanks to the illustrious Alex Whetmore)  [Made in USA]


Stem – 1″ Nitto Technomic 100mm reach [Made in Japan]

Handlebars – Nitto “Noodle” Model 177, 42cm  [Made in Japan]

HeadsetChris King 2-Nut 1” Threaded, Silver  [Made in USA]

Handlebar Tape – 2x Off the Front NeoPro (double wrapped), NOS  [Made in USA]


Front BrakesPaul Components Touring Canti’s, Silver; lightly used (Ebay)  [Made in USA]

Rear BrakesPaul Components Touring Canti’s, Silver; lightly used (Ebay)  [Made in USA]

Brake Cable Hangers – Wheels Manufacturing, Inc.  [Made in Taiwan]

Levers – Shimano R600 Levers, Silver on Black  [Made in Japan] – Switched to Tektro RL341 short pull levers for easier manipulation [Made in Taiwan]

PadsKoolstop Thinline Threaded  [Made in USA]

Barrel Adjuster Jagwire In-Line Barrel Adjuster (ZRG217)  [Made in China]

Headset Cable Hanger – DiaCompe Alloy Hanger, Silver NOS  [Made in USA]


Seatpost Collar
– None (integral with frame)SeatpostThomson Elite, 27.2 X 330mm, silver  [Made in USA]

SaddleBrooks Flyer S Special, black  [Made in England]

Waterproof coverRandi-Jo Fabrications Saddle Cover for Brooks B17  [Made in USA]

Water Bottle Cages

On the frame – Bikebuddy MK3 (2) & King Iris Cage (1) [Made in England, Made in USA]

On the front fork –  King Iris Cage (2)  & Minoura Adjustable Bottle Mount BH-95X (2) [Made in USA, Made in Japan]


Front RackTubus Cosmo, new version, stainless steel – mounted to threaded bosses installed on the fork crown [Made in China*]

Rear RackTubus Cosmo, new version, stainless steel (back when they were made in Germany!) mounted to all four dropout eyelets using a 6mm bolt fastened to a custom stainless steel standoff (itself mounted to both eyelets on each dropout [Made in Germany, Made in USA] 

*At the time of purchase , unbeknownst to us, Tubus had moved all of their production to China.  We ordered this rack from the UK and only found out the news after we received it in the mail.  What a shame!  

We couldn’t bear sending it all the way back for a refund.

PlatformMKS Touring Platform Pedals [Made in Japan]


Frame Mounted – None.

ExternalClick-stand Max-5 with Fat Foot  [Made in USA]


Cable Housing – Shimano  [Made in Japan]

Cable – Shimano stainless steel  [Made in Japan]

FerrulesJagwire Nylon Ferrules – keep rust at bay!  [Made in China]

BellIncredibell w/thermometer  [Made in USA]

Frame PumpZefal HPX Classic #2 Frame Fit Pump (Medium)  [Made in France]