14 September 2010

Kona Paddy Wagon

Frame Kona Paddy Wagon – Steel
Size 60 cm
Fork Kona Project 2 – Steel
  • FSA Carbon bars (just because I had them lying around...)
  • 175 mm cranks
  • steel chainring
  • H PLUS SON rims
Gears Fixed - 42x18
Singe - 42x16
Wheels Hand built by me with the stock hubs and some deep rims for the super, duper poser look.
Weight 25 lb.
Notes I had the steerer tube lengthened to 300 mm at a local frame shop in order to get the bars high enough. Kind of expensive but this is such a cool ride and a bike needs to fit the rider after all.

For years my only single speed bike was s fixed gear and for years that gear was a 42x18. But times change and I wanted to try something new so I got a single speed freewheel and experimented. Turns out a 42x16 is pretty darn versatile and I have ridden this gear on a 170 mile, three day ride over three mountain passes and it worked quite well. Riding a fixed gear over a mountain pass scares me.

Now I have a flip-flop rear hub with a 16-tooth freewheel on one side (for keeping up with geared bikes) side and an 18-tooth fixed cog on the other side (for having fun).

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