This is a project whose evolution has taken over a year of much trial and error, and some pain and injury. It began with me questioning if it could be viable for me to commute thirty miles each way to work. I have thus dubbed this the Long Distance Commuter (LDC) project. It was made with all commercially available parts and no fabrication, so anyone with a credit card can duplicate it. The LDC, in order to be successful, had to be fast, comfortable, and reliable under all conditions. These goals have been met.
Bits and pieces that make it work. Steel cyclocross frame, DLumotec and Schmidt lights with Shimano dynohub, Civia fenders, Zzipper fairing, Brooks Champion Flyer saddle, and super fat 37c tires.
It is as fast as my race bike under good conditions, and, of course, much faster in rain, cold, wind, or dark of night. It is not perfect, but it’s about as close as I can get without fabrication and a fairly radical departure from traditional bicycle design. That is a lifestyle choice I have yet to make.
Special thanks to PJ Ramstack of Civia Bikes and Karl Abbe of Zzipdesigns. Their work was key to this project working as well as it has. —Kris