IF Club Racer

We have a new project in the works in conjunction with Rick Steele at Gold Country Cyclery. The frame is an Independent Fabrication Steel Club Racer. The parts list builds upon an Ultegra component group, with an Alfine dynamo hub, Mavic A719 rims, Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires, Honjo fenders, Nitto Noodle bar, Selle An-Atomica saddle, Schmidt Edelux headlight, Nitto Mark’s Rack, etc., etc. The remaining bits and pieces are yet to be determined. I hope to have a complete bike within the next few weeks, followed by a full review within the next couple of months.

17 Responses to “IF Club Racer”

  • Simon N says:

    Looks like it’s going to be a winner, Alan.

    I’m having something similar designed and pieced together over the next few months, so it’ll be interesting to compare final builds. I’m also going with steel, Ultegra, rack, fenders, and those lovely, lovely tires. That’s where the similarities end, however!

    Would’ve love to add a dyno to the mix, but the price was getting away from me.

    If you don’t mind my asking, what kind of money is this project looking like?

  • Andrew says:

    I’m sure it’ll be a brilliant bike, but I can’t help but noticing the way most of the featured bikes on this site skew towards the high-end, especially among the commuting segment. Obviously, better bikes are nicer to ride, and if you’re the one doing the riding, why not? But it might be interesting to explore some of the cheaper full-featured options that are beginning to populate the commuter bike ranks.

  • Tom says:

    I’d have to chime in with Andrew and add that while most of the featured bikes are high end, there’s also a real lack of drop bar commuters, with the exception of a recent mention of a Civia with drops. Who doesn’t like 4 hand positions on a long commute into the wind?

  • Alan says:


    It’s funny, I was just discussing this exact subject with someone via e-mail yesterday. I would like to review more bikes in the sub-$1000 price range, but I haven’t had much opportunity. To put it simply, I review whatever bikes the manufacturers/dealers make available, and understandably, they tend to send their high end models to represent their lines in the best light. A few of the bikes I’d like to review include the new models from Globe (Specialized), a Fisher Simple City, maybe a Swobo Novak, etc., etc. So far none of these bikes have been available for review (short of going out and purchasing them myself).

  • Alan says:


    Your wish is my command — the IF pictured above is being built with drops. ;-)

  • Alan says:


    I’ll be curious to see your bike when it’s built – send pics!

  • Croupier says:

    I’m actually starting a build on a new bike too. It all centered around an vintage, re-finished Univega Supra Sport frame and a NOS Sugino Mighty Competition crankset. I’ll finally send in some pics when it’s all finished!

  • Rick says:

    Speaking of drop bars, just got a new flyer from Merry Sales Co. with a product announcement of a new drop bar STI style shifter for Alfine and Nexus 8spd hubs. No pricing yet, but you can see a version here called the VERSA VRS-8: http://www.sussex.com.tw/versa.html . The MSC flyer shows an all black version.

    Gold Country Cyclery

  • Jose says:

    The drooling hath commenced…

  • mike says:

    Sounds like my main ride. Campy 10sp, Honjo fenders, Nitto Noodles, SON front hub with eDelux, 28s for tires. Mark’s rack up front if needed and a range of Carradice bags that can hang off the Brooks saddle. Except mine is in Ti. Check it out in the Gallery… ;)

    For the better part of a year I’ve debated building an ENO wheel for it. I’d use cable splitters for a quick pull of the derailers (I’m also close to making it a 1×10) and be able to turn it into a fixed gear ride…

  • Alan says:

    I’m not an STI kinda’ guy, but it’s great to see yet another shifter option for internal gear hubs. Thanks for the link Rick!

  • Rick says:

    Alan, I know you aren’t into STI, but your Civia Hyland Alfine has Shimano RapidFire STI flatbar shifters. :-)


  • Alan says:


    OK, OK, you got me smarty-pants. ;-)

  • EcoVelo » Blog Archive » Fluted Honjos says:

    […] I admit it; I have a real soft spot for beautiful bike parts. Phil hubs, Brooks saddles, cork grips, Nitto bottle cages, Japanese brass bells, and so on. Among them all, probably my favorite are fluted Honjo fenders. There’s just something about the lines, the polish, the precise fit and finish. These are for my upcoming IF build. […]

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    […] IF Club Racer is starting to take shape. Many thanks to Rick at Gold Country for the effort, the pic, and the […]

  • joe says:

    ok what about an update on the actual ride?….nothing mentioned…??

  • Alan says:

    Sorry, Joe; I sold it a long time ago..

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