Sunday, March 23, 2008

Touring Configuration

Here's the Strong Frame in its touring configuration. Mavic 631 cranks (with self-extracting bolts) with triple-izer and 24/39/49 chainrings, Rivendell Silver bar-end shifters, Brooks saddle, and Phil Wood rear hub with Shimano 8-speed 11-34 megarange cassette. The funny looking contraption up on the handlebars is the FSA Control Center with a Garmin GPS Bike mount. The front wheel is the Shimano generator hub with the Lumotec light. The entire bike as seen here weighs 10.82kg. The Shimano generator hub by itself weighs 680 grams, so an easy weight loss there would be to switch the front wheel and rely on a battery light. I will probably tweak it again when my Bagman and Ciclo bag attachments show up, which will enable me to use the Thomson seatpost and the Flite saddle. That will also save another pound or two.

All in all, the bike is now ready for Germany!
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