Gallery: Rafael’s Sparton ST500

Rafael's Bike
Rafael's Bike

[Rafael sent us these photos of his Sparton. —ed.]

This my everyday do it all bike. I ride it everywhere, going to college, getting groceries, going to the gym. My daily commute to college is around 10 miles, and with the rest of the daily deals the bike gets ridden an average of 70 miles per week. Right now I carry everything I need in a backpack but I plan on adding a front basket to it sometime. The bike is simple, gets me around town rather quickly, is very comfortable, and a lot of fun to ride.

The specs are:

  • Frame: Sparton ST 500
  • Fork: Sparton ST 500
  • Stem: Nitto Perl
  • Handlebar: Nitto northroad (bought after reading about it on your blog, thanks for all the info)
  • Rims: Vzan Team Flyer 32h (made in Brazil) front and rear
  • Rear Hub: Chosen 32h threaded for fixed cogs on both side
  • Front Hub: Chose 32h
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo
  • Seatpost: Kalloy, the only one they had in 26.0 at the LBS
  • Crankset: Sugino XD 165mm with a 46t ring
  • Cog: Euro – asia cog 19t
  • Lockring: Super beefy one made by a local machinist, tightens nicely without the need for a lockring specific tool.
  • Pedals: Shimano SPD M650
  • Chain: KMC 3/32″ bmx chain
  • Brake lever: Tektro RX 4.1
  • Chain Tensioner: MKS NJS tensioner
  • Bartape: Tioga


3 Responses to “Gallery: Rafael’s Sparton ST500”

  • John Brewer says:

    Looks as if it’s time for new tires… is that bare casing showing at the top of the rear one? Otherwise, it’s a sweet ride.

  • Jeff says:

    Very Nice!

  • John Ferguson says:

    Not surprising that the tires are wearing out – that street needs a repave something fierce. If I didn’t know better, I’d think you lived in Berkeley..

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