Gallery: Daniel’s Dad’s Co-Motion Americano

Daniel's Dad's Americano

Daniel over at Pushing the Pedals sent me this photo of the Co-Motion Americano he built for his Dad. Specs as follows:

  • Frame and Fork: Co-Motion Americano Rohloff dual disc w/belt opening and silver headbadge in tan
  • Drivetrain: Rohloff Speedhub disc w/Gates carbon drive
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 Mechanical disc
  • Wheels: Rohloff/DT disc rear, Schmidt Sondelux/DT disc front with Schmidt Edelux headlight
  • Deore crankset
  • Brooks B17 champion special saddle
  • Ergon GC3 Rohloff grips
  • Tubus Logo rack
  • Schwalbe Marathon Extreme 700x37c

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Gallery: Darrell’s 1973 Raleigh Competition

1973 Raleigh Competition
1973 Raleigh Competition

The Quintessential English Lightweight with a Decidedly French Italian Accent

This was my general concept for Compo: Build a Raleigh Competition with of the era components that complement, possibly even improve on the original. Vision: If I were the age I was in 1973 (22 years of age) would this be a bike that I’d really be proud of owning and riding? To add to that, this is what I think Raleigh might have built if they had offered a Campagnolo Gruppo option for the early seventies Competitions. There were several challenges to overcome, not the least of which was the Huret dropouts. I bought a bare frame on eBay to build the project. I decided to stay with the 27 inch wheel format and used components mostly from the seventies and early eighties. It’s easy to do ol’ school, when you are ol’ school.

Darrell Yarborough
Arlington Heights, IL

  • Frame — 1973 Raleigh Competition — Reynolds 531 — 22.5 inch (~57cm)
  • Powdercoating — Powdercoat Studio, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Wheels — Homebuilt
  • Vintage Campagnolo Tipo Hubs Drilled & Polished by Peter Weigle
  • Sun M13II Alloy Rims
  • DT Swiss Double Butted Spokes
  • Tires — Panaracer Pasela Tourguard 27×1.00
  • Stem — Vintage GB 70mm
  • Headset — Tange Seiki 26.4mm
  • Handlebars — GB Drop Bars – Marked British Made 54 — Measure 38cm C to C
  • Tape — Newbaum’s Black Cotton with Clear Shellac
  • Brake Levers — Weinmann
  • Brakes — Vintage Weinmann 610 Vainquer 999 Center Pull — Yokozuna Brake Pads
  • Crankset — circa 1981 Campagnolo Gran Sport 42/52 T NOS
  • Rear Derailleur — Campagnolo Nuovo Record circa 1972
  • Front Derailleur — Campagnolo Nuovo Record NOS
  • Freewheel — IRD Defiant 13-15-17-20-24
  • Bottom Bracket — Modern Campagnolo Veloce Sealed BB 115.5mm (2.5mm Spacer on Drive Side)
  • Pedals — MKS Sylvan Stream
  • Chain — Wipperman Connex 808
  • Saddle — Vintage Brooks Professional (Thanks Uncle Fred)
  • Seatpost — SR Sakae 27.0mm
  • Reproduction Decals — Cyclomondo, Australia
  • Black Silca Frame Pump – Campagnolo Pump Umbrella

Gallery: Ken’s Globe

Ken's Globe

Bought a Globe last year. I have made many changes to it. First I took off the fenders and the Cargo basket on the front of the bike. Then I added lights all around, reflectors on the spokes and top tube. Next I gave her better hand grips, a speedo, SPD clipped pedals and a racing seat from Specialized. Finally a rear rack, lock and bottle holder. The Nexus 8 speed is awesome along with the 2 pronged Swiss kickstand. Now I am ready to go anywhere.


Gallery: Scot’s Surly Long Haul Trucker

Scot's LHT

[Scot sent us this photo of his Long Haul Trucker. —ed.]

This is my Surly Long Haul Trucker. I bought it new on eBay built with Deore group components. I use it as a daily everything bike, for fitness, and sometimes for the long commute, 50 miles round trip, to work. I ride between 18 and 50 miles per day for fitness and weight loss. I have lost 65 pounds since Thanksgiving of 2010. To celebrate I ordered a new Rivendell A. Homer Hilsen which is being built as I type this. I hope to have it by the end of June. I have no intention of retiring this bike. I still love my Surly and it will become strictly a commuter and foul weather bike.

The Surly originally came with a Flyer sprung saddle which I sold and replaced with a B17 and I also replaced the SPD pedals with MKS touring pedals and added a Busch and Müller sidewall dynamo and lights, Zimbale bag and Nashbar panniers.


Gallery: Tim’s 1999 LeMond Zurich

Tim's LeMond

[Tim sent us these photos of his LeMond Zurich. —ed.]

Here’s some pictures of my bike. My Dad got hit by a truck on it a few years back, and never rode it much after that. Luckily for me, I commandeered her, and she’s been reincarnated as my get-everywhere, do-everything commuter bike. I live in the city (Seattle), so the Zurich is pretty much my car at this point. Also, I had her powder coated to match a 49ers hat I had from the 80s.

Tim's LeMond
Tim's LeMond

Boring Stuff:

  • LeMond Zurich (1999)
  • Rolf Vector Comp Wheels
  • Shimano Ultegra Group
  • Brooks B-17
  • Nitto Crystal Fellow Seat Post
  • Nitto Noodle Handlebars (cloth-ed, shellac-ed, And twine-ed)
  • Panaracer Pasela Tires
  • Origin 8 Stem
  • Wald Rear Rack with Homemade Teak Wood Deck
  • MKS Touring Pedals
  • …and a car air freshener for laughs.

I have to say, I’m in love with this bike. —Tim

Gallery: Alan’s Civia Bryant Belt Alfine

Alan's Civia Bryant
Alan's Civia Bryant
Alan's Civia Bryant
Alan's Civia Bryant
Alan's Civia Bryant
Alan's Civia Bryant
Alan's Civia Bryant
Alan's Civia Bryant
Alan's Civia Bryant
Alan's Civia Bryant

[Mel’s beautiful photos of his Rivendell AHH inspired me to take advantage of this evening’s gorgeous light and take some shots of my new bike for the Gallery. —Alan]


  • Model: 2010 Civia Bryant Belt Alfine
  • Frame/Fork: 58cm Chromoly
  • Cranks: Civia Forged
  • Front Pulley: Gates 50T
  • Rear Pulley: Gates 24T
  • Belt: Gates Carbon Drive 118T
  • Internal Gear Hub: Shimano Alfine 8
  • Brakes: Avid BB5 Road
  • Shift/Brake Levers: Versa VRS-8
  • Headset: FSA Orbit
  • Seatpost: Civia
  • Handlebar: Civia
  • Stem: Civia 100mm
  • Saddle: Selle An-Atomica Titanico
  • Pedals: MKS Touring Light
  • Rims: Alex DH19 Disc
  • Tires: Michelin City 700×32
  • Front Rack: Pass & Stow
  • Rear Rack: Tubus Logo
  • Fenders: Civia Market, Pewter
  • Headlights: Fenix L2D
  • Tail Light: Planet Bike Superflash Stealth
  • Kickstand: Pletscher Double

Gallery: Mel’s Rivendell A. Homer Hilsen

Mel's AHH
Mel's AHH
Mel's AHH
Mel's AHH

[Mel sent us these photos of his Rivendell AHH. —ed.]

My Hilsen is really pretty normal. It is a 59cm Waterford frame. The bars are the Nitto Noodle with the Standard Technomic stem. I got interrupters because I had always admired them but never had them on my own bike. Brakes are Silvers with the SRAM S500 levers. Shifting is done with Dura-Ace 9-speed bar-cons. The crank is the standard Rivendell Sugino triple. There is a 9-speed SRAM cassette shifted with a Shimano Deore XT M771 rear derailer and a Campy triple front. I splurged on the wheels and bottom bracket. In the years I worked in a bike shop, I handled a few wheels and bottom brackets built with Phil Wood’s equipment. So for this bike, my first Rivendell, I got a Phil Wood “Rivy” front hub and the Phil Wood 135mm cassette hub for the rear. The rims are Velocity Synergy with the rear being the offset rim. I wanted the rotating components to be strong, long-lived, and relative maintenance free but also totally rebuildable. The tires are the Jack Brown Blue’s that Rivendell sells.

Mel's AHH

Everything else is a work in progress. I have a Nitto Mark’s rack on the front. A Nitto Top Rack is waiting for installation on the rear as soon as I get a few shorter M5 socket head screws. The kickstand is waiting for a short, socket head screw replacement so it can be mounted on the kickstand plate. I am currently using my older Brooks B17 Special. It really was the same color as the Brooks Honey handlebar tape when it was new! I have a new pair of the SKS P45 longboard fenders in brushed silver waiting along with a pair of fluted Velo Orange fenders I will have to decide on mounting. The seatpost is the Nitto Crystal Fellow. But I have to say that I am really looking hard at the new Paul seat post as an alternative somewhere down the line. I have entered into the quest for the perfect pedal. So far, these MKS touring pedals are running neck and neck with their Grip Kings – which are currently on my Litespeed.

Mel's AHH

What else can I say? Everything others have written is true. The bike is superb. Building it up, I often had to just stop, look, and run my hands over the work. It is truly an artisan bike. The lug work that Grant talks so much about is truly beautiful. The frame is straight, true, and relatively light. But even beyond the beauty and thoughtfulness that has gone into the design, the actual riding of the bike is wonderful. The miles I have logged on the Hilsen have been slower than on my Litespeed. But the comfort level has improved incredibly. The larger frame (I have always ridden 56cm frames) puts everything where my body tells me it should be. That means little if any lower back pains. It is amazing.


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