work in progress, this Bridgestone 400 is about to go through yet
me back up some so you understand how this bicycle came to be. I'm
an avid cyclist using most often my trusty Calfee for club and benefit
rides, but a new challenge required a different bike. That challenge
was the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnnee, known better as the D2R2.
I needed a bike that could take me on dirt. I needed a bike that
could speak to me, suit the occasion, if you will. I needed a bike
that wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg since I'm in my college payment
mode. That would be for my daughter.
here you have it, not in exactly its D2R2 form but close enough.
I begged, paid, and swindled my way to changing this bike from off
the rack to a dirt dog. I just had to try a bike with a set of Nitto
moustache bars and that went on first. The wheelset is Mavic Open
Pro 8 speed with 32, 3-crossed, nonbutted spokes, fore and aft.
Drivetrain: Stronglight compact 50/34, Deore long cage rear derailleur,
11-32 SRAM cassette, 9 spd SRAM chain., and Ultegra barend shifters.
The saddle just had to be a Brooks B17 with the copper rivets and
Velo-Orange came through with the banana bag. In the photo I have
on the bike 32cm Panaracer Parselas and SKS fenders. During the
D2R2 I ditched the fenders and installed a pair of Ritchey 32cm
Speedmax instead. The bike took on a cool Mad Max look.
switching out the 'staches for a Nitto Noodle bar. As much as I
like the current look, conventional bars are what's needed for long
hilly rides. I'll never be done with this bike, it's how I'm learning.
for looking. - Kevan