are some photos of my recently completed project bike, a Surly 1x1.
I live in Perth, Western Australia. The weather here is always beautiful
for riding and I ride almost every day of the year - to work, to
the shops, to visit friends, or just to be out playing in the traffic
the frame second-hand and had the local framebuilder (Quantum Bicycle
Manufacturers, North Perth) blast it and give it a nice teal two-pack
local wheelsmith, Mick, put the wheels together - Surly hubs, DT
Competition spokes (32 of), DT brass nipples, Alex rims, laced cross-3,
White Industries freewheel. For people interested in numbers it's
got 42x16 on 32-559 wheels (26 inch x 1.25 inch) producing 64.2
gear inches, 4.7 gain ratio, 5.1 metres development, a crusing speed
(at 90 rpm) of 27.7 kmh (17.2 miles per hour for the dinosaurs!),
and a partridge in a pear tree.
parts of note include XT parallel-push V-brakes, a Brooks Swift
titanium railed saddle, a pair of very sharp steel-carbide studded
pedals, some very heavy Truvativ Hussefelt cranks, and the completely
unnecessary upgrade to stainless steel drink bottle cage bolts despite
the lack of any drink bottle cages. I love it!
know it looks like a complete mismatch of parts and most purists
will shake their heads with disapproval, but I'm not a purist. I
just ride bikes every day and know what I like.