was my first fixed gear, put together in early 2001. The Steamroller's
built up as a modern classic with the 'newer' lazer etched Campagnolo
NR cranks, NR brakes with the first Campy levers that would allow
aero routing. Dura Ace double fixed track hubs with greased 'O'
rings to keep the crud out, sturdy Sun rims, a fairly low 42 x 17
gear with an 18 tooth on the flip for insurance, 32 mm Pasella's,
a Brooks B-17 and Cinelli bars round it out for a pretty bulletproof
ride. It's a stiff bike, but the Pasella's at 50 - 60 psi give it
great comfort and reserve.
must have done something right since it's only been slightly modified
in all that time, mostly for fit, moving the seat and bars back
just a couple centimeters. The common theme in these photos is dirt.
I like a clean bike, but it was built for unpaved rail trail riding
and rough city streets. One ride is all it takes to get it properly
patina'd but it's still easy to maintain. I miss it when I don't
get out on it regularly. The first photo was it's first ride, the
loaded photo from a tour along the C&O Canal Trail, and the last
ones contemporary to 2009. The spoke card is from the 2009 Fixed
Gear Symposium in Traverse City Michigan, total fixed gear silliness
and fun with a great bunch of people. This Steamroller's one of
my all time favorite bikes, just a blast to ride!
Artley, Baltimore (FGG