[Chuck sent us these photos of his Surly LHT. —ed.]
Here is a photo of my year-round commuter which I use here in Boulder, CO. I have a 15 mile commute and during the winter it is quite dark. I use some serious lighting, both dyno powered and battery powered. I ran out of handlebar room so I added a second tier of mounting space. It’s not the lightest bike out there but it is always out there!
About the build:
- Surly Long Haul Trucker frame
- Ultegra 6604 Triple crankset (52/39/30)
- Ultegra triple front deraileur
- XT 9 spd cassette (11-34)
- Sram X-9 rear deraileur
- XT rear hub
- Shimano Ultegra front dynamo hub w/ Planet Bike dynamo light (since been replaced with Busch & Muller CYO Lumitec)
- Velocity AeroHeat rims
- Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
- XT V-brakes (parallel push)
- Avid Speed Dial SL brake levers
- Sram Double-Tap 9 spd shifter for rear
- DuraAce downtube shifter for front
- Scott bullhorn bars
- Ritchie WCS Pro headset
- Jandd Expedition rear rack
- Blackburn front rack
- Planet Bike fenders
- Planet Bike Protoge 9.0 computer
- Niterider MiNewt 700 Dual head lights
- Velo Orange seat post
- Terry FlyTi saddle (since been replaced with a dark tan Brooks B68)
- Look PP296 Racing pedals
- Blackburn Mars 4.0 tail light (don’t be looking at it when you turn it on lest you will be seeing red stars for a while)
These Pashleys were the first bikes we purchased when making the transition from recumbents back to upright bikes in the spring of 2008. As we imagine a lot of people are who buy classic roadsters, we were drawn to their good looks and comfortable riding positions, as well as the promise of maintenance-free performance that comes with hub brakes, internal gear hubs, and full chain cases. For the most part the bikes delivered what they promised, though they eventually fell short of meeting our needs as we drove less and used our bikes for longer trips and more serious cargo hauling.
The Pashleys were perhaps the ultimate coffee shop bikes; they nearly always started a conversation and drew in both bicyclists and non-bicyclists alike. We found them perfectly comfortable for short trips in town, but with their 5-speed internal gear hubs and 50 lb. weight, anything beyond about 5-10 miles was a bit of a slog.
For as heavy as they were, you’d expect them to be stiff as a board and able to carry a major load. While they served perfectly well as grocery haulers for up to 30-40 lbs, beyond that the frames flexed fairly dramatically. This didn’t keep us from using them for cargo hauling, but it did make us acutely aware of the fact that stiff chromoly racks and frames are more appropriate for true utility riding (assuming a person has the need to move heavy stuff on their bike).
We can’t say we regret having owned the Pashleys. They were super fun and comfortable for toodling around town. They were nearly the best conversation starters we’ve ridden, surpassed only by recumbent trikes. Would we purchase similar bikes in the future? Probably not, but only because we now have other bikes that serve our practical needs more efficiently and effectively. So while our more modern bikes get the job done with less effort, Pashleys are still wonderful machines for a leisurely Sunday picnic ride or a trip to the local coffee house.
[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.
[Jeff sent us this photo of his GT Outpost. —ed.]
Let me first start by saying I absolutely love ecovelo I visit multiple times a day. I Stumbled upon it a couple of months ago and it has inspired me to build up an old frame I had been holding on to. I bought this ’93 GT Outpost from a bike shop when I was 12. This is my first build. A lot of the parts have been reused from my spare parts bin. There are a lot of things I still want to do to this bike… It is very much a work in progress. I would still like to get a Brown B17 with matching Brooks grips, Fenders and appropriate tires. I ride just about every day, but I am only able to commute on Thursday and Friday due to the day care stiuation with the kids.
Thanks for the Site!!