More sweetness coming out of Mike Flanigan’s workshop. His bikes just keep getting nicer and nicer.
Posted 4.28.09 in The Kitchen Sink | Bookmark or Share
It lacks panache.
Surely you jest???
Beautifully functional, as usual with ANT bikes. I’m getting the definite sense that Mike likes to keep the handlebars clean, hence the bell on the headset.
One question: I’ve noticed (on both the ANT site and Peter White’s site) that some people use this nose-up setup on their Brooks saddles. Is that just a personal choice or is it recommended to have the nose north of horizontal? I have my saddle set level and it’s comfortable for me that way; I can’t quite imagine riding with a saddle pitched up like this.
The nose-up adjustment of the saddle works well when the bars are level with or higher than the saddle and the rider is seated in an upright position. Lower bars force the rider to lean forward and require a more nose-down adjustment of the saddle.
If my memory serves me well this is a recommendation from Brooks.
I have mine tilted, perhaps not that much and w/o it I feel that I am sliding forward.
I would say that if you feel well positioned I don’t see why you would change.
Hope that helps.
I love the bike!…especially the color…
As usual another beautiful bike from ANT. Mike’s bikes always are pleasing to my eye and show the thought he puts into them.
As far as the Brooks is concerned all of mine have a nose up attitude, it varies from bike to bike because of the geometry and riding style. The one closest to flat would be the one on my “tour bike” with the drop bars. It doesn’t have a Brooks on it but a well worn Wrights, but the concept is the same.
To each her / his own; it lacks panache to me. A bike has to make a bold statement from at least 50′ away. Something like this where you have to get up close to see filigreed intricacies is not my style. Up close a bike should be all business.
The chainguard is nice. I’ll give you that.
Way too retro for me I’m afraid. Sorry but not to my taste at all.
Beautiful bike overall. I like the clean lines and chrome accents. However, speaking from a purely aesthetic perspective, I think the mass of cables along the bottom of the downtube gives the bike an unfinished look. I realize there’s not too many cable routing options when the brakes and the gearing are at the hubs. The disc brakes also look wrong to me on this bike; they conflict with the retro style. I think cantis would look much better, and they stop pretty darn good too (I should qualify this statement by saying I’ve never ridden a bike with disc brakes). Thanks for the pics.
I like the direction he’s going with this.
I wouldn’t call it retro. To me it looks like he’s adding to a design that has worked well for a long time.
Another breath of fresh air.
If it ain’t broke…
I really like the fact that Mike’s bikes are an eclectic mix of old and new. Sliding dropouts with Rohloff and discs, steel frame, chrome chain guard, Wald bars, threadless headset, Brooks B33, etc., etc. Lots of contradictions there. For me, the beauty in his bikes lies in the details and the interesting design choices he makes, not the paint (though the paint is nice too).
I hear what you’re saying. For me, the interesting design choices make the bike cool (and interesting), and certainly functional, but don’t necessarily add to the beauty of the bike. Just a personal preference — I’m sure that owning a Rivendell automatically makes me biased in this direction…