Welcome to the sale of my new-build fixed-gear bike. I built it for myself to a specific design plan, using only quality and harmonious components, chosen for design and performance. However, a delay in the build meant I was forced to get a different 'town' bike so this one is now not needed. It's light, taught and beautiful to ride so I'm sad to let it go, but I really need the space.
Obviously, the build started with the frame. It's aluminium and light with chunky but neat welds. Don't know the manufacturer I'm afraid. It had never been built-up, completely 'virgin' frame. It's clearly a touring/audax frame as it has useful mudguard and rack mount points at the back, which make it very versatile. I really wanted to try to incorporate this versatility into the build, and as I was looking at the frame planning it, the wide down-tube and abrupt seat-tube angle at the bottom bracket made me think of one of those cool Dutch Titanium race-blades like a Van Nic or something, so I decided to take inspiration from that in the design.
The result is a versatile bike that works in several ways. Firstly it's a smooth, fast city bike that will dash you through commuter traffic with ease. However, because I added a full road bar and brake-levers, this bike will make an excellent weekend/wet-weather trainer too! So, you could easily use this daily for work, and then take it out for flat/rolling rides at the weekend. The ability to add guards and racks only increases the options this bike offers.
Component-wise then, I wanted to try to emulate the ride and quality feel of a Dutch Ti bike. The first thing I wanted to do was to make the contact points with the bike (saddle/bars/pedals) very good quality to make the bike 'feel' special. The two-tone grey/black Fi'Zi:k bar tape and matching saddle really achieve this. The bike DOESN'T come with pedals as I assume the winning bidder will want to add their own, but again the Sturmey Archer crank continues that feeling of quality at the contact points. Keeping the finishing kit consistent throughout (Cinelli Vai bar, stem and seat post) adds to the feeling of quality and harmony. Cane Creek headset again feels reassuringly solid. I chose the fork with the versatility of the frame in mind, and went for a Kinesis training fork that again has room for mudguards and chunky tyres. Excellent Tektro brakes were chosen to compliment this fork with long-reach arms, and this influenced the choice of the Tektro brake levers to keep things consistent.
The Weinmann wheels are solid, uncomplicated hoops that I've seen fitted to factory fixies retailing at over £700. They look pretty good too. The Halo two tone black/grey tyres match the bar-tape and overall colour scheme really well, and there is a reason why they have their excellent reputation among couriers; they are excellent for the type of riding this bike is designed for. Making sure the quality continued, I chose Continental long-valve inner-tubes and safety strips.
Finally, in-keeping with the Dutch look, I had the frame blasted and clear-coated to give that bare-metal look. Anyone who knows about coating bike frames will tell you a clear coat is a dangerous option as the heating process can cause things like tiny gas deposits and weld imperfections in the frame to cause visual blemishes. This doesn't affect the safety or quality of the frame, but can look bad. Usually this is covered by paint so a clear coat is always a risk. I decided the frame seemed good enough quality to risk it, and in the end it worked! The only blemish, illustrated in a photo, is a little brown mark near one bottle cage mount. This will be barely visible if you fit a cage.
All components on this bike are BRAND NEW, bought for this bike, EXCEPT the Fi'Zi:k Pave saddle which was taken from my Bianchi 1885. Saddle is in great condition however. The only bit of 'wear' is some annoying damage to the seat post cause by a small imperfection inside the seat tube. I've since filed that down, but it meant that the paint on the seatpost was badly scratched at the bottom. You don't see this once it's installed of course, but there was no way I was going to leave it, given the attention to detail I put into the rest of the bike, so I cleaned it up as best I could with some enamel paint. See photo.
As with all bikes I build, I've made sure I did everything as best I could. Carbon assembly paste was used on all compression joints, all bolts correctly torqued, brake cables neatly finished. The bike is currently FIXED GEAR and DOESN'T have a single speed cog on currently, but it would take moments to add one if you like. With that in mind, I added the rear brake during the build so that you don't have to undo the bar tape etc. to add your own. I've ridden this bike around for two days as a 'shakedown' and as it's fixed, not used the rear brake once, but it's there if you need it. To ride it's smooth, quiet and actually climbs really well, much better than I would have expected. The Cinelli bar is great for that.
The frame dimensions are as follows:
Top tube: 47 cm
Seat tube: 47cm
Down tube: 57cm
Bar width: 42cm
I'm 5'8" and it suits me fine, I have a 6ft+ friend who said it would be okay for him, although I personally think it would be a bit small. Ideally I reckon the bike would suit someone from 5'6" - 6'. I've added a bunch of spacers to it, above and below the stem, to give you height options, and you could always flip the stem over. I could do this when you pick it up if you like. As I say, I built this bike as best I can, but I'm NOT a professional, so I always recommend you get a bike shop to check it over before riding for peace of mind.
I live in Cheltenham, I don't post bikes so pick-up only please. I could potentially deliver as far as Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol or Cardiff as long as we negotiate some extra money. Reserve is £400; if you know anything about bikes you know that that doesn't even cover the cost of the components, not to mention the hours I put into the build, so please don't offer me less. I'm fine with test-rides if you want to contact me to organise one. I've tried to be as detailed as possible, please ask any questions however.
Thanks for looking and happy bidding!