the first version of this bicycle - click
View the second version of this bicycle - click
we've got ourselves a brevet-ready workhorse...
I picked up the Quickbeam at the RBWHQ&L just under a year ago,
I went ahead and nabbed the Nitto Mini Front Rack which was designed
to be used with this bicycle. The fork has a pair of threaded braze-ons
designed to line up with the legs of the rack. You can actually
see them a little better in the earlier
photos. When trying to figure out what bicycle to use for the
SF Randonneurs 2007 200K Brevet, this bicycle seemed to be the right
choice. The bike is extremely stable and predictable, and most importantly,
my most comfortable over long-distance riding. Since I'd been mostly
using this on the road as a fixed-gear bicycle, it was not a huge
change to consider it for longer distances. The fenders got installed
a couple of days before the brevet, when rain - or at least wet
roadways - seemed imminent. These photos were taken following cleanup
after the event, which is detailed here.
top photos show just the basic hardware changes - fenders, water
bottle cages, front rack and lighting
mount, while the bottom two include the bags used in the brevet
- Nigel Smythe & Sons L'il Loafer on the rack and the Baggins
Banana Bag under the saddle - as well as the Niterider light I ran.
(There was also a Planet Bike Blinkey on the Banana strap.
was the stock 40 x 18T, with a 32 "bailout" chainring.
On the other side of the hub, there's a fixed 14T cog, which gives
it a cruising gear of around 77 inches. That's the way it's set
up in the photos. I used all three gear combinations during the