Here are some pics of my HP Velo Street Machine Gte. It’s a fantastic, comfortable bike that I use for everything. In fact, the picture with the red panniers was on my return from the grocery store. I’ve got a six pack of fine lager, a huge tub of yogurt, grapes, bananas, and other veggies with room to spare. And I have another pannier set that carries a good deal more. I do not, however, use the so-called “under seat” rack and panniers. I found that large Radical Design panniers and a few well placed straps allow me all the carrying capacity I need for even very long tours.
I’ve got about 8,500 miles on “Mojo”, about half of which I acquired doing a solo trans-American ride last year. The bike was a great performer in this role, and I can’t imagine riding a different bike over that distance. We’re an old couple now, for sure. As noted, I make regular grocery runs and other errands, ride for fitness and simple fun. During the semesters at the college where I teach, I ride down to the valley 45 miles and 4,000+ feet below about once a week. The short wheel base design allows me to put Mojo on a bus rack for the ride back up. About once a semester, I do the ride back up for pumpy giggles. The rest of the time for my commute, I ride an mtb. to and from the bus stop. —Scott
Here are the spec. basics:
Seat: Custom “filter foam” 2″ seat pad with additional lumbar support–cushy!
Wheels: Velocity Aeroheat rims + Velocity hubs
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon
Brakes: Avid BB 7 disc
Rear cassette: 11/34
Chainrings: Rotor “Q” rings in 44t and 34t; conventional 22t granny
Front and rear dr.: Deore XT
Cranks: Mark Stonich-shortened Shimano–152mm
Pedals: Speedplay Frogs
BB: Phil Wood
Bar ends: Shorties for mirrors and resting hands