I finally got around to building up a bike that suits my recent riding style. I haven’t been inspired to do long grinds on the road bike, nor have I wanted to throw myself into the thrum of city traffic. Instead I’ve taken to searching for those backroads, broken and muddy, to find a little solace on the bike.
These jaunts demand a bike that handles well in an array of conditions, from freshly paved roads to overgrown dirt tracks. The part selection reflects the overbuilt nature of a tank. H+Son Eero rims and a pair of 180mm disc rotors, because why the hell not? Go big or go home.
The Alfine 11 gives me more than enough gear to swing the transitions between steep downhills and even steeper uphills. Brooks grips with a matching Brooks Professional keep me comfy (and look pretty bitchin’).
All-in-all it’s not like any other bike I’ve ever owned. It doesn’t feel like the nimble, agile steeds I’ve spent my time on in the past, but it wasn’t designed to fit that bill. Rather it holds its own like a hammer begging to put a nail in its place and I’m very much looking forward to many more long, rugged rides on it.