Gallery: Scott’s HP Velo Street Machine Gte

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

7 Responses to “Gallery: Scott’s HP Velo Street Machine Gte”

  • Luc says:

    That’s a very nice bike. I’m very interested.
    How tall are you to ride it?

  • Pamela says:

    Yeah…that boom looks WAY out there!

  • Graham says:

    Excuse a confused foreigner: what are “pumpy giggles”?

    I have checked the internet and the only reference I can find to this phrase is… this page!

  • Jack Jenkins says:

    Congratulations on your rides; sounds great. Approximately what does your bike weigh, with — without panniers?

    Gearing?

    Thanks, and Happy Trails!

    Jack J

  • Scott says:

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. I am a “stretch” dude, standing 6’4″ in my bare feet. The bike is very adjustable, however, so shorter riders can ride it, too.

    Graham: The expression “pumpy giggles” is something I invented to express getting a heavy workout just for the hell of it. How can one rationalize a 45 mile ride that gains about 5,000 ft., most of it in the last 20 miles? Why, do it for pumpy giggles, of course!

    Jack: The bike weighs about 36 lbs., maybe a touch more–including rack, pedals, fenders. Stripped of all but the bare necessities, I think it clocks in at about 34 lbs. Not a light weight, but I’m not racing anyone, and I can get up virtually any mountain pass that interests me with mountain bike gearing. See the spec. list.

    Cheers,

    Scott

  • Jack Jenkins says:

    Thanks for the reply, Scott. How does the bike handle on rough dirt roads, gravels, potholes?

    I’m trying/thinking about various recumbents for the possibility of tackling the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route about 18 months from now.

    Jack

  • Scott says:

    Yo, Jack: Funny you should ask this. I’ve often thought about the GDMBR on a bent. During my trans-America ride last year, I rode about 50 miles of dirt along the Mogollon Rim in AZ. It was some of the toughest riding because of the steep, loose surfaces, but I managed to pedal the whole thing. I determined that the bike worked pretty well in these conditions but that I REALLY needed some wider, softer, more aggressive tires, i.e. full mtb. skins. With these, I think I would have had a lot more fun. I was running 1.5″ Marathons. A set of 2″ knobbies would make a lot of difference.

    The drawback to the STMGte on dirt is the high BB and so limited amount of “body English” that can be used to balance the bike a low speed–easier to go down. Lower BB and LWB designs might be better in this regard. Also–and this is likely on the Great Divide–pushing the Street Machine is sub-optimal. So, I’m certain the STMGte could handle the route, but I’m not so sure it’s your best choice. I haven’t done enough rough riding to give an unqualified thumbs up.

    A short list for bents on this route would have to include the Lightfoot Ranger–dual 26″ LWB, which can now be had with dual suspension. This might be the best possible choice. I”m not sure the rear suspension is required, especially if you put really fat rubber on it, but it’s worth a look.

    On rough roads, pot holes, stretches of dirt, etc, the STMGte is tops. For sustained off pavement touring, I think other designs might prove more useful. One that I am considering as I hope to do the Great Divide within the next five years or so, is the RANS CF Dynamic Trail. Looks a lot more comfortable than a conventional bike but offers most of versatile qualities of an mtb. Check ‘em out.

    Cheers,

    Scott

 
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