My birthday present from my lovely wife – a fixie/single speed bike. I had spent so much time in the last twelve weeks spinning away on the indoor trainer for the weight contest that I was reminded how much I use to luv biking. It was my main hobby before the Porsche. I use to be an avid mountain biker and enjoyed the hell out of it. I still have my GT Xizang Ti bike (full XTR gruppo, CrossMax Wheels, Thomson, Chris King) hanging on the wall. It was my dream bike back then and the bike raced by the GT Cross Country team. The team raced on Zaskars as well and I had one of those too.
So when my wife asked what I wanted for my birthday I thought I would find out what this “fixie” scene was all about and maybe it was a way for me to further rejuvenate my buried enthusiasm for biking. Now I know that half the fun is building a bike yourself but I simply do not have time to hunt for all the stuff on Craig’s List and eBay so I commissioned Jefferson, owner of The Roll Up in Oakland, to build the bike for me. He sourced the bike and built it to my very specific vision for what will be my fair weather commuter. I gave him fair warning about how “particular” I am and every opportunity to NOT take me on as a client but you know…he did it and delivered exactly what I wanted with the utmost patience and professionalism.
The bike was built up from a very original Schwinn Super Le Tour 12.2 made with 4130 chrome-moly butted tubing from the late ’70s. I wanted to retain many of the original parts therefore only a few parts were changed out like the wheel set with a flip flop hub for the fixie/ss conversion. The Brooks Professional saddle was added for some vintage class along with matching bar wrap. Even though I had Freddie Hernandez set to paint the bike I couldn’t do it after I laid eyes on how nice and honest the paint had worn through the decades – the word restoration was not meant to be whispered around this bike. The patina screams at you and I love it for that reason – no shiny new modern parts with no soul were mounted on this bike…well maybe the single bmx front brake lever. 😉
So when the weather gets warmer I’ll be commuting to work with my new-old bike. Can’t do it now because I’m skinny and get cold easy…LOL at my own joke. I’m lame.