surly crosscheck with white industries double double…

•May 30, 2013 • 2 Comments

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Here is a sweet setup that we had the pleasure of doing for a very good customer.

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It utilizes the White Industries Double Double crankset & freewheel. It essentially allows two different gear ratios while maintaining the simplicity of a single speed setup.

Read more about it here:

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Mustache bar makes the cockpit super comfy.

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Brooks saddle & Acorn saddle bag class it up like no other can.

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Another fine hand-built wheelset round things off nicely!

commuter lunch with griddle me this…!

•May 16, 2013 • Leave a Comment

In celebration of Bike To Work Week, The Broken Spoke teamed up(once again) with Griddle Me This! to offer all of you fine bicycle commuters lunch on us!

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We had such a good turnout that we unfortunately ran out of food before one o’clock. We did raise over $55 for Think Bicycles, though!

broken spoke bfb…!

•April 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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As Iowa’s first official bicycle friendly business, The Broken Spoke continues its bronze level certification by the League of American Bicyclists for another four years!

See the entire list of bicycle friendly businesses here:

and speaking of cross checks…

•February 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here is a brand new 2013 Cross Check that got built up for a customer from a stock build with some minor customizations!

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Orange handlebar tape & a Brooks B-17 leather saddle liven up the cockpit, while white toe clips & cream leather toe straps add some flair to the bottom end!

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Also, this Surly is much more street-friendly with the 700×28 Continental Gatorskin tyres rolling smoothly.

surly cross check single speed…

•February 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here is a Cross Check that is single-speeded out. The customer who bought this is planning on doing Trans-Iowa on it!

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Normally, the single speed Cross Check comes with a flat bar. But with a little swapping out of some key components, we have a much better suited drop bar version of it!

more more more hand-built wheels…

•February 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here are some more hand-built wheels to come out of the shop this winter for some fine people!

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Here is a Shimano Alfine generator hub laced up to an Alex Adventurer with Wheelsmith double-butted spokes. An XT disc rotor is mounted to the hub for year-round commuting purposes!

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Another Shimano generator hub laced up to an Alex Adventurer rim with Wheelsmith double-butted spokes.

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Here is a beefy commuter wheel that should be a ‘set it & forget it’ component. It’s a Shimano Deore hub laced up to a Sun Rhyno Lite rim with 36 Wheelsmith straight-gauge spokes. The driveside spokes are silver, whilst the non-driveside are black. This results in a nice alternating black/silver pattern at the rim!

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This is the front of a wheelset for a Surly Long Haul Trucker to be ridden year-round. It has yet another Shimano generator hub laced up to an Adventurer rim. It is using black DT alpine spokes to keep the hub married to the rim. A 700x40mm Nokian studded tyre is all business!

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Here is the rear. It has a Shimano SLX hub laced up to an Adventurer rim using the same spokes as the front. A 700x35mm 45North tyre provides the push.

nuvinci n360 conversion…

•February 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Now here is an awesome project I had the pleasure of doing for a customer!

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A before photo: regular derailleur-based drivetrain on a mid-90s Specialized Rockhopper.

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The after: The Nuvinci N360 is a continuously variable planetary internally geared hub. What this means is that it has an infinite gear range between the lowest & highest gears. The shifter acts as an analogue dial that results in _always_ being in a gear. There are no missed shifts or clunky shifting with this set-up! A Paul Melvin chain tensioner was used since the Rockhopper has vertical dropouts. A chainguard keeps things neat. A keen eye will also see that the fork got replaced.

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The Nuvinci uses the best optical gear indicator I have ever seen. Lower gears create a hill!

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Classy leather grips that are oh so ergo!

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Here’s a sweet side shot of the whole bike(before a Thomson seatpost & Brooks saddle got later installed!