The Unveiling…

As many of you are aware, I am very into cycling. I ride my bike daily and it’s the best part of my day. When I’m not riding, I’m working on a bike, thinking about riding, or shopping for cool new bike parts I want, but really don’t need. About a year ago, I discovered the joys of riding fixed gear, since then I’ve completely re-fallen in love with riding, riding fixed is like nothing else. Riding a geared/freewheeled bike is major fun, no buts about it; however there’s a certain level of abstraction from the bike that is inevitable with a freewheeled bike. Relying on shifters, and hand brakes makes you the rider disconnected from the road and from the bike, on a fixed gear you are now part of the bike. You have complete control of the bike, stopping power comes from your legs, acceleration is always possible as long as you can move your legs faster. It’s a beautiful thing. After I got my first fixed gear I was enthralled; however there were things about that bike I was unhappy with. The compact geometry was not very appealing to me, the geometry was also pretty relaxed, which made for a comfortable ride but not super fast or aggressive. The final straw was flex, specifically in the bottom bracket area, I could feel the lack of stiffness on hills and when I was doing sprints, no good. I finally decided I was going to save up and build my dream bike. I spent a lot of time researching parts, thinking about aesthetics, and finding the compromise between high quality parts, aesthetics, and price. It was tricky, but in the end, I was victorious. The final result is my new baby. My EAI Bareknuckle. Here’s the parts list..

  • 52 cm EAI Bareknuckle Frame/Fork; Sage Green
  • 167.5 mm Sugino 75 Track Crank
  • 40 cm Nitto 125AA Drop Bars
  • 110 mm Nitto UI-5GX Stem
  • Chris King noThreadSet headset
  • Phil Wood High Flange 32h Hubs
  • Velocity Deep-V Rims
  • Nitto S-65 seat post
  • Miche sealed bottom bracket
  • 48t Sugino Chain Ring
  • 17t EAI cog
  • MKS clips with soma cages and errebi double straps

I AM IN LOVE!!!! This post is worthless without pics, so here they are. In all their fixed gear glory. (Many thanks to Gabby for her photography. The full shot of the bike, and the shot of the stem/bars were her, the Hub/chain line shot was me. Her new Canon 40D is an amazing camera).

EAI Bareknucklebeaver shotThanks gabby

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3 Responses to “The Unveiling…”

  1. wess Says:

    Really nice bike. I just converted mine and am having a good time learning how to ride fixie (not as easy as I thought). http://www.flickr.com/photos/prh/2054217750/

  2. Randall Says:

    Hey fellow Philly Mass rider!!! The fixie looks great! I just started riding a fix as well, I built it over the last few months to keep my sanity while my house was being re-built. Maybe I’ll see ya at mass this month. I’ll keep an eye out for the best looking fixie… If you see a nerd on a 60’s Schwinn fix with flip/bend/chop bars, that would be me.

  3. lamalex Says:

    @Randall: Keep an eye out for me, and if you see me say hello!
    http://flickr.com/photos/whitenoisemachine/758358866/in/set-72157602219154984/

    there’s a photo (not my flickr, credit goes to Gabby).

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