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  • Manning Thomson

    Very nice bike! I’ve been seeing a few really nice rain/all road/all weather bikes recently, but none with lights. An integrated supernova dynamo system would look pretty sharp and would suit the riding the bikes designed for (dark and rainy commutes). Did you consider a dynamo system? I’m surprised I don’t see more out there..

    • Winky

      Thanks. No, I didn’t actually consider a dynamo. My commute is 25km each way. Rechargeable lights are better than ever, last plenty long enough, and it is easy just to charge my lights at the office each day.

  • Wily_Quixote

    Lovely bike, of course, but what is this ‘winter bike’ of which people speak?

    my bike gets used all year, so far it hasn’t dissolved in the rain or exploded.

    • Alex M

      Come to Canada. We will gladly drop winter bike science on you fair winter types. I have seen bikes freeze (cables in housing, cassette ratchet springs), dissolve (corroded steel from road calcium), seize (bb cups, seat posts and all non-stainless bolts) and explode (my belt drive at -20 C).

      • Wily_Quixote

        I stand corrected… and it sounds like you ought to take up x-country skiing……

        • Mike Williams

          You can ride all winter. You can’t ski with no base, during thaws, and you have to drive to the trail head. And why would you want to spend $1000 on ski equipment when you could
          spend it on bike upgrades that are good for 12 months of the year. Also I share a trail with some pretty good skiers and I’m faster, go further, and can carry 2 thermos bottles with hot chocolate (which I do offer to the skiers).

          • Wily_Quixote

            Well I love ski season. X country skiing is the perfect companion sport to hiking and cycling.
            After the beauty skiing on snow cycling on it would seem somehow vulgar.
            Besides, in the snow that we get you’d be limited to the groomed trails on a bike.

      • Winky

        Yeah winters sure are hard on bikes ’round these parts. Especially when commuting, as you head out in (almost) all-weathers, regardless,

      • Velt

        How does DI2 go under those conditions?

        • Il_falcone

          As good as in CX racing. Which means perfectly and better than any other geared drive train. The pivots of the derailleurs are evidently also affected by all that dirty water so at some point you’ll have to replace them. But up until that point you’ll most probably just charge the battery and lube those pivots to reduce the wear.

      • Doubtful Guest

        “-20 C” — a bike designed for such conditions is like a titanium spindle designed for a 400lb rider. What’s the point?

        • Alex M

          The point is commuting to work. Year round. -20 C is par for course in January and February.

        • Mike Williams

          If you live in Ottawa Canada, that’s the average temperature for 2 months of the year so it’s ride a bike that can handle it, ride indoors, or “ride” the couch.

  • Some observations… for an engineer you write well. Not “quite well”, but “well”. Actually I’m being unfair. You write really well. Normally I don’t read these things (I just look at the p@rn), but here I read from start to finish.

    Next a lovely bike, while I wouldn’t have picked the colours myself, the way you described it makes perfect sense. Even without the extremes of winter commuting here in Sydney, a decent all weather bike, with ability to properly mount fenders is a must if you are ride all year. It used to frustrate me no end you’d look at bikes and see ability to mount fenders on the rear, but not on the front, or vice-versa.

    • Winky

      Thanks Mark.

  • Bob

    Winky, that’s come up really, really nice. Love the green. Are you happy with the cabling around the head tube?

    • Winky

      Yep. the cables and hoses cross-over symmetrically with plenty of room and even curves. The ‘strayan style “moto” front-right set-up for the discs means the front hose routing is actually easier than front-left configuration.

  • Steven

    Absolutely beautiful frame built up for no nonsense use. I love it.

  • dllm

    Nice frame, but I think 9150 is ugly as well… 9170 is better.

    • Winky

      Yeah, agree. I sure didn’t pick the groupset for its beauty.

  • Chucky Beans

    Very pretty bike. I’ll keep my eye out for it on the local roads.

    Gotta bed your brakes in, though, Neil. I freaked at the noise when I got disc brakes last year. But it’s an easy process and google will lead you to the solution. I suggest riding up Cypress or Seymour and doing the job on the way down. The job will be done in less than half a km…

    • Winky

      They have come good. They’re now pretty quiet (until it is wet, when they howl like banshees).

      • Chucky Beans

        That should not happen. The pads or rotors may be contaminated, or the bedding was not effective. My shimano hydraulic discs never squeak and they haven’t at all in the past week or two’s rains. When my pads got contaminated I simply sanded them with emory paper and then heated them with my creme brulee torch for a bit. I then wiped the hell out of the rotors with alcohol and re-bedded. Shimano has a little guide somewhere on its website…
        I did what they suggest here:http://blog.artscyclery.com/ask-a-mechanic/ask-a-mechanic-bedding-in-new-disc-brake-pads/

        • Winky

          I’ll try that. I’ve been given lots of (often-conflicting) advice on “bedding in”.

          • Chucky Beans

            lend me your bike for a few weeks and i’ll get it done for you….;)

  • Stewie Griffin

    Bedding in disc brakes should be done machinally. A bike shop that wants to make a difference, invests in a machine. Roughly, it’s around €5k, but it’s worth the money. You get real disc brake power, no squeels and all weather braking. Up to 15k on pads too for touring uses (can’t comment on longevity on mtb or cx, but they will outlast any non bedded discs). Sad that no manufacturer or LBS does this standard.

    • Phil Hubbard

      Why not just don’t spend the machine and take a little more time. Light rub with some sandpaper, set the bike up then take them back out and then a little heat to make sure they are clean before they go out

      • Stewie Griffin

        Because pads & discs need to be bedded in together. Just sanding discs or sanding pads a little, won’t do the trick. They have to be bedded in together to get the longevity, modulation and stopping power they maximally can. You’d be amazed how much material is coming off of the discs before they are bedded in. Manual bedding in or just doing a few powerstops, won’t have the same effect. I’m following a bikes mechanic course with an MTB specialist, and I was stunned when I first saw the process. But I was even more amazed by the effects afterwards, it’s worth the investment and the service towards customers is priceless. (although, in todays world, no one seems to care about service, everyone seems to care more about pricecuts..)

  • hamncheeze

    Beautiful ride Neil. As a fellow Lower Mainlander I can appreciate every detail you considered in having this built. I am currently having a very similar project constructed by Breadwinner in Portland to replace my current winter bike which is a custom steel Hampsten. It is perfect in every way for winter with extra clearance and dedicated fender mounts, except that it does not have disc brakes as it was built before they were making inroads.

    BTW don’t leave your naked lying around any coffee shops, or I might be tempted to roll by and make a trade :)

  • Darren Spina

    Lovely looking bike & great read on the process of acquiring it. I have been riding a Ti Seven Axiom SL custom framed bike now for over 5 yrs and am v happy with it. Life time bike. Enjoy.

    • winkybiker

      The Ti Sevens are great frames.

  • Ashok Captain

    Smart cable routing, Sir!


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