Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fixed gear to eight-speed in under 5 minutes!

The fixed configuration

The evolution of the 720 continues. I put the Origin-8 Space Bar rip off of On-one Mary bars on there so I can haul the big front loads.

It's still an ice bike until I'm super sure that the ice is gone. Hence the studs.

The 8-speed configuration

But now, I can swap between fixed/free and 8-speed in about 5 minutes... assuming I don't have to change the tire. Come spring, I'll have all wheels wearing my favorite high value tire, the non-tourgaurd Panaracer Pasala, 32mm.

I'll also have a Tubus Fly on the back for the bucket panniers. I have very specific plans for the bucket panniers this spring.

These pictures really show how important the placement of the rear brake bridge is. I wish this one was just about an inch or so higher. When I run smaller tires, it's not so pronounced and I can fuss with the fender line. But with these fatties in there, I need every mm of space, so the squeeze spot is obvious.


Parker said...

Hmm, so what are the pros of these panaracer paselas you keep raving about? Do they make them in 27in?

Anonymous said...

"very specific plans for the bucket panniers this spring"-- Could that be to haul tasty cold beverages up our many wonderful hill-climbs?

John Speare said...

Parker: they're just super cushy tires and they're cheap. I've talked about them before; check out this post and the commetns: http://cyclingspokane.blogspot.com/2008/03/1st-commute-of-season.html

Note also that I prize comfort/ride over the occasional inconvenience of a flat tire.

Anon: No, but good idea. The buckets will be for ice though -- to hold fresh caught fish.

Ken Paulman said...

Paselas do come in 27" (and 26" for that matter). You may have to special order them.

I had Avocet Kross tires on my commuter before switching to Paselas (prior to learning that they carry the Speare stamp of approval) and I noticed a huge improvement in speed and handlng, yet they still hang on pretty good in dirt and even light snow.