Feather light Balloonbike comfort. Depending upon size the LiteSkin version is ca. 150 to 200 g lighter than a conventional Big Apple tire. The weight reduction has been made possible using folding tire technology and the specially light LiteSkin side wall. There is no reduction in puncture protection!
Bottom Bracket, Crank, and Chain Ring: I have no particular preference other than color–black. So, Nanda, what do you recommend to go with what I have described? Components from the Alfine Group look interesting.
Chain: SRAM Hollowpin chain.
Again, I look to Nanda [BTW, Nanda is also a BROL member ~ Stradavarius] for the sanity check: Will these tires fit and how will large wheels/tires look on the Citi? Schwabe Specs: Article No ~ 11633439; Size ~ 26 x 2.35; PSI ~ 20-55
You may have noticed this cycle [RANS Citi Crank Forward] on my wish list. The Citi has that clean, retro look. It’s one that I’d like to add to my stable. If it should happen, setup will be fun. As compared to several of my other cycles, this setup will be simple. This bike has no front derailleur, thus no derailleur post. In keeping it clean, I will not use a rear derailleur either; rather a SRAM i-Motion internal hub. If it were possible, on this cycle, I’d use a Gates carbon-belt drive instead of a chain. There is currently no way to get the belt inside the chain or seat stay. So, chain it may have to be. The cycle color theme will be red & black.
Citi comes in Metallic Red & Ti Rose–note: the ’09 decals are black. I want to use the Crank Forward carbon fiber fork and seat, with black handlebars; black seat post [preferably carbon fiber]; black wheels; spokes; hub; steering riser; etc. I’ll use rim as opposed to than disk brakes.
Preliminary coordination for this cycle was made with Nanda Holz at Spin Cyclz in late October ’08. Nanda has me queued for sometime in the spring. Now, if I can integrate this with my photographic, and Catrike upgrades, that will be great. If not, the other two have priority for now. I want to start shooting panoramas and I want to make the Catrike Rally, with a few new gems.
I want two rear and two front lights. I spoke with a DiNotte sales representative and the fronts lights can be changed to amber. Although, I currently have four DiNotte 200L engines, I tire of changing lights and wiring from cycle to cycle. These lights are from DiNotte’s LI – Endurance Series and will give me even brighter lights for the trike–maybe before the Catrike Rally.
From Dana Liebermanat Bent Up Cycles [bought my 3 recumbents there] the ceramic bearings [for Silk] I had planned to purchase before my ’08 Cycling Odyssey. Again, I’d love to have these before the ’09 Catrike Rally.
I love photography and have always wanted to take panoramas. I had a pano head for a small Nikon digital camera–sold it to my son along with the camera. Now I want to do panos again, but with my Canon EOS D60 35mm camera. My panorama stitching software of choice is Autopano Pro 1.4.2.
I used this program in trial mode and find it easy to use and effective. I created a panorama of my bike room using my Cannon in a hand-held mode. Autopano Pro did extremely well. On a tripod, with properly spaced shots–it will do even better. I need a job!!!
Here are two cycles that I hope to add to my fleet:
The Citi: Purchased 02/24 & received 03/04
The Citi would come from Nanda Holz at Spin Cyclz and would use and internal hub versus a rear derailleur. I want the carbon seat and carbon fork that’s used on the RANS Zenetik and rim as opposed to disc brakes, with black riser & handlebar, and black rim & spokes. This cycle would be used for short cruises and will be as simple as possible. [Click on the picture to goto the Citi page.]
The Big Dummy:
The Big Dummy is a long-hauler [click on the picture above to go to Surly’s web page]. The best website fo all you want to know about this truck is Vik’s The Lazy Randonneur Blog [also newly constructed]. I plan to use the military green, with the white decals and black accessories. I do not like the aluminum pannier rack and will have it painted military green so that it looks like part of the frame. This cycle will be my cargo hauler, minimizing the times I’d need an automoblile for carrying items in and around town. There are some amazing hauls, to be seen via the Internet, that have been made using this bike. Check these flickr pics.