Capital City Cycles

Bike Check

Posted in bikes, Custom builds, MTB, Rides by capitalcitycycles on June 30, 2011

After years away from the discipline I thought it was time to get back into touring and since we have this blog I thought our readers might be interested in seeing what I use for multi-day excursions. Of course this is a pro bike shop build so perhaps not within the reach of your average guy but as a bike shop we like to showcase our unique skill set and the sort of quality parts we can provide. Enjoy:
Frame is custom orderd SporTek mtb stepthrough. I like the ruggedness of a mountain bike frame as opposed to dedicated touring frames. I also like the semi-stepthrough frame for when I’m winter touring in geiters and crampons.

For panniers I use Blackburn racks with custom made powder coated pannier grates (no these are not from a laundry hamper). For the front I like to drape reusable shopping bags of the crate an I usually fill those with water and sometimes rocks for more high speed stability…more on that later. I use backpacks for panniers, and on the front I use a milk crate for the added rigidity of a plastic enclosure and in there I have a seat belt for Charlie Sheen my slightly un-purebred Whippet.  The crate is also great to sit on at the campfire at night, and with slight modifications can be used as a helmet. Drivetrain is a 21 speed setup with Falcon thumb shifters and  Shimano SIS derailleurs, but that’s the most bombproof system there is…I know because I blew up five drive trains with sticks of dynamite before deciding on this setup (they were the only ones that were usable after the explotion.

Charlie Sheen the Whippet

Wheels are Joytechs, tires are Cheng Shins. Cranks are one piece, with ceramic bb. Pedals are composite, hempbased and again use ceramic coated bearings. Grips are ODI, Stem is a custom made Everti Titanium 17degree quill with matching bars. Bottle cage is Chris King and I use Vitamin water bottles. Seat is velo sport with titanium rails and natural gel padding. Seatpost is titanium.

Perhaps what sets this bike apart from your average touring machine is the custom Univega rear spoiler system. The only drawback of using a mountain bike frame as a basis for your touring rig is that the wheelbase is very short. This makes it a bit unstable at speeds above 79kmh and I noticed that my rear end would wander a bit in those circumstances, especially if I was using the hovergear. Therefore I added the spoiler which makes for much better tracking at high speed and gives me more traction in the back for high speed, loaded, climbs. The last thing you want is your rear end levitating when you don’t want it to, and the spoiler takes care of that. It’s a composite system existing of steel struts, and a natural fiber wing. It’s a prototype, but the patent is pending.
Go forth with vigor,



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