Hey Dennis, Here are some shots and a description of my new IRO, post what you can. It would be most appreciated. Donation on the way. Thanks so much.
Hey there, It seems like it has been a long time coming. I've been visiting the gallery for a couple of years now and have always been pretty captivated by fixed gears, though i only recently decided to make the switch from riding single speeders, which has been going on for seven years or so. These are some shots of my new steed...i think it's pretty sexy and definitely one of a kind here in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Had the frame sent from IRO, (impeccable service by the way) while in the midst of finishing my graduate degree (maybe not the best timing, considering where my focus should be). None the less i have built it up over the last couple of weeks and finally spun it yesterday afternoon....beautiful. She is fun. Here are the specs for those who care: - 53cm IRO Jamie Roy - 42t X 17t nice for the hills around town. - Re-built the rear wheel using the rim i had on my ss, with some help from one of the boys at a local bike shop...moucho props for giving me pointers and helping with tension. Rear end is a 32 hole IRO 130mm Flip/flop fixed/free hub, laced with black DT Swiss Competition spokes to my beefy Mavic t520's (sweet for the bumpy roads of thunder bay in summer and winter and the occasional trail jaunt). 17 tooth IRO sprocket and Formula lock ring. ACS 16 tooth freewheel on the other side..i'm thinking it might not get a lot of use...(save maybe those days in January when the black-ice coats the roads). -Free Agent chaintugs (inexpensive and do the trick) -Sram chain, 175mm/130bcd Truvatic Touro crankset, with a 42t chainring that will be changed out to an unramped one in the near future This spins on a Shimano LX 68X110 square taper BB. Cheap Welgo platforms that do the trick in the wintertime. -Hand built front wheel off my old steel ss, spinning on a 32 hole Sachs New Success hub....Mavic T520 rim (Going to rebuild it come spring). -Cane Creek s2 headset, noname risers, killer Oury grips, and noname levers, cabled to old Shimano single pivot brakes...Selle Italia Filante sits on a lightweight noname seatpost. - Richie AlfaBite Trail Mix 700cx35c tires, for the time being, (my wife took my Hutchinson goldpro cyclocross rubbers)...keeps her on the road i guess. So ya, that's the rambling low down on my bike. Thanks for the hours of oogling. I'm gonna go ride...it's a gorgeous sunday afternoon in November and there is no snow yet.
peace eric berglund