|The genesis of this bike was newly
refinished frameset purchased from a neighbor. He had powdercoated
frame and various other bits (including a Blackburn rack)
in green and red, giving the bike its first name, the "Christmas
Bike." Since then, we've added some yellow to the mix and
re-named it the "Rasta Bike."
With a full load of cold weather gear and batteries, this beast weighs far more than any of our other bikes, but it's a real joy to ride--the big, 700x38 tires float over the road, making bumps--even railroad tracks!--almost disappear. For the winter, we have it outfitted with pair of lightweight Zefal fenders, which will come off in the spring.
We've geared the Christmas/Rasta bike with a 39x28 low, using a stainless steel 28t cog purchased from Branford Bike. That's more than enough gearing for just about anything but heavily loaded touring in the mountains--we'll keep the Triple Bianchi for the really steep stuff. We've taken this bike on several centuries, and it performs as well on the flats as a "standard" bike. Take it up a hill, and the extra weight slows it down a bit, but it's worth it to have the storage on the back to start layering up or down.
We were able to find several items for the C/R bike at Branford Bike, including cool, red-colored shift cable and brake cable housing, which is almost impossible to find locally. Much nicer than black on this bike . . .