I accumulated a whole lotta crud on my bike over the last two weeks…time for a little wipe-down.
I’ve always enjoyed the work of Joseph Ahearne, especially when I see bicycles like this one. This commuter bike is dressed to the nines and capable of crushing your daily commute, and then some.
Built using stainless steel lugs, a stainless split plate fork crown, and a bi-laminate stem lug, this bike’s got beauty for days. It’s also ready for anything. A Rohloff will help you ascend even the largest hill in town while carrying a load up front on the chrome porteur rack. Also, check out the custom etched chain guard and striped fenders…I told you this bike’s got style. More photos here.
photos: Liam Griffin
The Budnitz Bicycles No.1 Titanium is their top-of-the-line, do-all titanium bicycle. A bike that’s equally happy as a daily commuter or a one-way tourer. This bike is already equipped with a belt-drive and begging for some daily abuse. Though unlike the No. 2, this is equipped with 700c wheels. See the rest of Liam’s shots below and if you missed the first post about the Budnitz No.2, be sure to check that out.
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photos: Liam Griffin
I’d fist like to thank Liam for shooting some photos of this lovely Titanium No. 2 by Budnitz Bicycles. A rep from Budnitz was in Vermont earlier this week and Liam spent Tuesday showing him around Burlington and the blossoming bike culture. They visited a bunch of spots including Hubert’s shop, The Old Spokes Home and Maglianero to name a few, and even had time to shoot some photos of a couple bikes.
The No. 2 is a titanium 69er (26″ rear and 29″ front) with clearance for serious fatties and a super laid-back geometry. Both Liam and Hunt mentioned this as the perfect commuter and winter bike, and I certainly agree. The Gates Carbon Belt Drive will outlast dozens of chains and is much quieter, plus it won’t ruin your khakis. The singlespeed setup pictured features White Industries hubs with Velocity Blunt SL rims, but I’d probably set one of these up with an Alfine 8 or 11. Only because I’d want to outfit it with studs, fenders and a dynamo; so the extra gearing would be a necessity. Lucky for those like me, Budnitz offers the No. 2 with an Alfine 11 / Gates combo. Get a closer look below and get your hands on one here.
This is what a commuter bike of your dreams looks like. This recent build from Firefly has me wanting to further pimp my own commuter, or at least upgrade my drivetrain and lighting; if only I had the $$ for a Rohloff and Schmidt SON. I could geek out on the integrated ti rack with fender and tail light mounts for hours, so just imagine what else Tyler and the gang fashioned this beast with.
The details on this titanium commuter bicycle are incredible. Firefly had help from Cycle Monkey on the wheel build and Rohloff / belt drive configuration, and from the looks of their blog, The Monkey Lab, it seems they chose only the best for such advice. You’re just gonna have to check out the photos below…otherwise I’ll fall into a geek-speak rant on this bike’s awesomeness.
Related: Custom Rohloff Equipped Surly Cross Check
photos: Niki Hurley
Bet you didn’t think this was a Surly Cross Check..but it is. We all know how versatile the Cross Check can be, but throw some bling at it, a 14 speed internal Rohloff Speedhub, some gorgeos Honjo fenders and put it infront of the Mobius‘s lens and you’ve got a recipe for a both gorgeous and functional commuter bicycle. Get real close to this beautiful machine below.
This is surely a CashMoney certified city bike. There sure are some lovely details on this Raty Ning’s Signal Cycles custom commuter bike; especially the seat tube detail. This bike’s been built up with a 2×10 drivetrain with Dura Ace downtube shifters, a custom rear rack for a rolltop bag, Schmidt Edelux light, and topped off with cherry paint by Spectrum Powderworks.
Get into it below.
This bike is always changing. Early this fall I added a rear rack and started using panniers for everything from my daily commute to full-on grocery trips. Panniers are great. A weeks worth of groceries on a singlespeed in hilly Burlington, Vermont – plus studded tires, isn’t so great; so I 1×9′d my Van Dessel Country Road Bob.
I had a Deore derailleur kicking around and a near new cassette, all I needed was a 700c/29″ rear disc wheel, which I got a great deal on at the Old Spokes Home. Since adding a range of speeds to my commuter bike, I find the often added-weight (from bags/groceries) in the rear to be an even more welcomed challenge. But all in all, it’s been a great change for the winter and makes for getting those 700x32c studs up to speed a bit easier.
Have a look at a couple more shots of the winter setup below.
“Every now and then I come across a part that makes me want to create a bike around it. It’s a round about way to do things, but it works for me.”
^Man, I think that’s every one of us. I remember holding onto a red-ano Chris King headset for 4 years in high school with no bike to put it on…until I moved to Burlington and traded it with a friend (still never installed). I always had plans of building a badass all-black townie with only a red King headset. Well, that never happened but the thought still lingers…
Anyway, the Soma Cafe Racer handlebar inspired the folks at Independent Fabrications in the same way, except they actually followed through with a build (3rd photo below). This recent belt-driven fixed gear was another example of a just that; a bike built around a single component. In this case, a limited pink Gates Carbon Belt helped this belt driven fixed gear come to life.
My roommate and former co-worker Dan recently wrote a great piece on the “coming together” of his most recent ride: An ode to the classic Raleigh Tourist - a do-all Univega town bike, known as Edmond or Fast Eddie. This bike is rad and features a super long wheelbase, slack angles, internally geared, and a dynamo front wheel. It’s got everything you’d want in a do-it-all bike – a hard order to fill these days. Since I enjoyed reading his words so much, I’ll post a little excerpt here (just make sure you read the whole story!):
“I set my sights on early mountain bike, as they generally make a great platform for a city conversion. “Why?” you ask; well the early school of thought in mountain bike geometry was long and lax. The head tube and seat tube are laid back, which, when coupled with a fork that has a lot of rake proves to be a long bike. A second notable feature is that these post-klunking off road machines generally have horizontal or semi-horizontal drop outs, that means no need for a chain tensioner if your running an internally geared hub. Lastly, these bikes generally came equipped with all of the eyelets necessary for mounting racks and fenders. It’s almost as if the mountain bike builders of old wanted to give credence to the old English steeds.”
Make sure to head over to the Old Spokes Home blog for the full story and more photos – it’s a great read!