Last weekend was the annual Twin Cities Bike Swap. Here are a few of my scores.
Peep this kook mobile I picked up at the Swap Meet, a Schwinn Homegrown Factory (that means built at Yeti factory) Sweet Spot dualie. For those that didn’t live through this terrible era of good intentions but terrible bikes in suspension design, an URT or Unified Rear Triangle bike was designed to have active suspension when seated and stiffen up while standing. The big bonus here was that the drivetrain was all on one piece of the frame which theoretically isolated the pedaling forces.
This particular build is bat shit crazy. Let me break it down for you. High end frame set, Sid fork with PVC headset spacers. Under those spacers is a JB welded in “Steerer Extender,” truly terrifying shit. The drivetrain is a Japanese made White Industries crank mated to a Shimano Nexus internally geared hub. Peep the angel the cable leaves the hub from. Up top you’ve got a sweet Ringle Moby Deuce post and a Titec Titanium stem and bar. I’m assuming someone took a one time race bike and decided to give it the old man treatment with an extended steerer and the IGH. It also has super rad Avid Arch Rival brakes!
I picked it up for $250 and promptly dismantled it to sell off the pieces. It’s going really well too.
starting the search for a pair of Nike Poobah’s in size 9 right now so I can be cool like my bud Fred.
This year’s running of the Stupor Bowl promised weirdness with 1700 extra law enforcement agents in town due to the Super Bowl, but mercifully it was pretty much business as usual minus the exceptional conditions. For only the second time in my memory, it snowed! The side streets were absolute shit, and the main streets were also shit. Just the way we like it.
I myself wasn’t able to race due to some medical problems (chest pain when breathing deeply, I’m going to make a doctor appointment, don’t worry), which was pretty heartbreaking. The air was magic, and getting loose in sloppy conditions is a personal favorite of mine. But so it goes…
The manifest was completely out of hand, with the winners doing 50 miles and no one making the time cutoff, which ended up being extended. The results are still coming in. But here’s what I know: Men’s: Dominican Crihs won Stupor, Christian won Speed, Colin was second, Mitchell was third WTF: Risa won speed, Tiana won Stupor.
Hopefully these images help paint the picture.