[Jordan sent us these photos of his custom Stop Cycles Proletariat. —ed.]
I wanted to share my bike with you as your photos inspired me to go and build my dream bike. The parts were selected for 90% low maintenance and 10% style. Built as a low maintenance commuter bike for getting around, getting groceries, and hauling all the stuff that I end up with on family bike outings.
- Frame: Stop Cycles Proletariat 2010, Large
- Drive: Gates Carbon Drive Belt — 118T
- Crank: Single Speeder with 50T Gates Pulley
- Bottom Bracket: FSA Mega EXO External Bearing; some online reviews pan these, but a 1/3 the price of Phil Wood, I was willing to give them a try. I am at 2000 miles and see no problems, but there maybe an upgrade in the future if the buzz on the internet is true.
- Cranks: FSA Gossamar
- Rear Hub: Shimano Alfine with Gates 24T Pulley
- Front hub: Shimmano Alfine Dynamo
- Light: Lumotec LED
- Brakes: Avid Juicy 3.5
- Seat: Brooks B17; yes, all the hype is for a reason, the saddle just keeps getting more comforatable.
- Front Rack: Minoura Gamoh; sized for 700c and weighs a hefty 5 lbs but I have no trouble carrying 40 lbs.
- Rear Rack: PDW Payload Rear Rack, Bamboo. Looks great, but lacks rear support for larger panniers. Works fine on smaller loads.
- Handlebar: FSA Metropolis
- Headset: Crank Bros
- Pedals: Crank Bros Mallet; this was my last purchase and I could not resist the matching green.
- Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 700 x 28; great reflective strip.