Monday, October 08, 2012

Rule of Seven

So here it is. In a nutshell. My project for this winter. 

The foundation, a handmade Seven frame, built to my exact measurements and specifications like a bespoke suit. There is no bike in the world exactly like this one.

And here it is, resplendent in Amber Ale, an appropriate choice of colour I think. Based on a Seven Mudhoney cyclo-cross frame adapted for disc brakes and an eccentric bottom bracket. The fork is a 3T Luteus Team CX carbon with disc brake adaptor.

The initial aim is to build a single-speed bike which will be happy on routes such as rail trails and made up cycle paths, what might be called a gravel-racer here in the US and a path-racer back in the UK if I were looking for a trending name for such a bike.

The frame is adaptable enough to reconfigure it as a geared epic touring type bike or commuter should I want to in the future.

The seat and seat-pin are from my bits box. Fortunately, my current road bike and the Seven have the same internal seat-tube diameter - 27.2mm.

So the current to-do list includes; build wheels, fit headset, fit bottom bracket and chain-set ... more soon ...