I got into racing last year I began on a mountain bike converted
to singlespeed. Although I got my butt kicked in every race, I had
so much fun that I knew immediately I would race singlespeed no
matter what, even if it meant a very short racing career as a result.
I enjoyed my first full season of racing on the bike, nicknamed
by Cyclofiend himself. This year, needing a frame that more closely
approximated my goal of a "BMX bike for Big People", I upgraded
to a Redline Monocog. With its shorter wheelbase, straight fork
and dedicated singlespeed rear hub and rear triangle, I knew I was
headed in the right direction. It's easily a pound or two heavier
than my previous bike, but fits and handles better enough that the
weight doesn't bother me. Yet.
Stompy, Version 2.0
gunmetal-blue paint job was a little too somber for my tastes so
I decided to have fun and dress it up in some party clothes.
from the stock parts include:
Psycles FU2-Bar (swapped over from the previous bike; bought them
new and they're worth every penny).
--Vintage Coda brake levers I'd been saving for a rainy day.
--Hot pink brake housing, 12-year-old stock from the shop where
I work. (I wish I could find a source for lined hot pink housing
--Portland Design Works Speed Metal grips (a gift from a friend).
--Crank Bros. 5050XX platform pedals (sealed bearing version of
the 5050's; I destroyed the cheaper loose bearing version by the
end of short-track season last summer), with optional pink plates
and every hole loaded with a pin (I race in Vans for short-track
and Shimano mountain bike shoes with the cleat-holes covered for
--San Marco Womens' Aspide "Glamour" saddle (it's so light I worry
I'll break it before the summer's over).
--Truvativ Stylo cranks with GXP external bottom bracket and Surly
chainring (32t). I was shocked at how much weight this one upgrade
shaved off, even with the steel chainring.
--Surly cassette cog (I have a set of these ranging from 16t to
22t depending on the conditions and how I feel; I keep them filed
in a recipie box, and they're easy to swap in and out as needed
--Upgraded front brake to Avid Shorty 4 canti's. Upgraded rear brake
to Shimano STX low-profile cantis. (I'd run the Avids front and
rear if I could but my feet are just too big.)
--I'm rolling with the stock wheels for now. If I win the lottery
I'll spring for a set of Chris King "Pretty And Strong" hubs in
--For pre-season street riding and local goofing around I'm riding
on some Club Roost Cross Terra tires; for racing I'll swap in Continental
Cross Country tires that are skinny (26 x 1.5) but grabby in dirt
photo is just for fun: This is what I rode when I was eleven; can
you see the influence?