Very nice. Very classy. A little bit too heavy? Obviously not for heavy cycling but just to cycle to the coffee shop.
yeah my seatpost was all that i had holding me back... wle
Chris Bedford long as your home and coffee shop and every bit of road in between are on the same level. Maybe I'm just spoiled from having all those gears for all these years but I certainly couldn't pedal just the 2 km to my gym on a fixed-gear bike. And I'm quite fit.
Warner DeFord
I like the idea of using stainless steel for bikes and the other components as well... The weight is a bummer but the longevity of the material when the bike is exposed to the elements would make up for it for those that live on the coast and flat lands....The Schwinn Stingray bikes of the 1960s were insanely heavy weighing 47 lbs but I never saw one with a bent frame.... My 27 year old GT Backwoods mountain bike frame of chrome plated Ishiwata MTB tubing is one of the most comfortable bikes I've ridden and it still looks great... The rotating parts is where you want to cut back on weight.
there is a reason bikes are not made from SS. SS doesn't have good cyclic stress response and cracks at the welds unless way overweight. The 12'' DaHon SS folding bikes were a great example. The steel ones were great but the SS ones popped their crack bearing case off the frame and too thin to weld back.
There is a reason bike frames are normally two triangles. A triangle is an inherently strong shape. all loads are in compression or tension; no bending loads. This enables the bike to be built with very light, thin-walled tubing. If you eliminate the seat post tube you end up with a parallelogram, which puts bending loads on the frame tubing. That's why the bike has to be much heavier just to be as strong as a conventional design. If you hit a big bump with your weight on the seat of this bike, it would collapse. A cheap Huffy would be stronger.
Single gear is no way to go these days. Install a Sturmey Archer or Rohloff hub at the very least. Also for any real urban commuting you need fenders and at least a rear rack to strap stuff to. You get to keep dry, reasonably clean, and get more done than riding to the nearest coffee shop.
JerryD is spot on. I once owned a $5000 recumbent where the boom broke off due to a crack at the weld. A skilled welder was able to fix it but aesthetics took a hit.
To those who whine about a one or two gear bike - I rode a single gear bike as a kid all over the city I was raised in. My friends and I would have bike riding adventures all summer; and we didn't have to go to a gym to stay in shape... Multi gear bikes were for sissies. My how times have changed since the 50's.
Beautiful design, but impractical on many levels. If the primary intent is to ride leisurely to the coffee shop, then why the super aggressive rider posture. Given the inability of the frame to handle loads, I can't imagine anyone would want to ride any faster than a leisurely pace anyway. I imagine pedaling out of saddle would really demonstrate the torsional rigidity (or lack thereof). Furthermore, a typical motivation for stainless steel is corrosion resistance. Why cover up all that with paint?