Mike’s Road Machine

July 28th, 2011

Last week Mike picked up his lightweight road bike. It’s constructed from Columbus Spirit for Lugs tubing, with bikini lugs and stainless dropouts, fork crown and such for some bling. He used a mix of old and new components (no shame in that!), for a classic, durable race and recreation bike.



I also did a dropout replacement on our friend Eric’s Slingshot, and modified the cable routing for easier removal of that very complicated 8 speed/roller brake rear wheel. With some added cable stops, he can detach the brake and shifter cables without getting his fingers caught in that infernal Nexus cable stop. We used classic Campy road dropouts so that the wheel slides forward, easier for getting out from under his fender. Eric will be using this bike to ride around Maine plotting the next routes for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, so we want to keep him happy. I just painted the effected area, a good strategy when doing a dropout replacement if you don’t want a full repaint.


Next: Laura’s commuter/tourer/trailer hauler!

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3 Responses to “Mike’s Road Machine”

  1. Jorge says:

    October 12th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Looks awesome. I might want something similar to this for myself. Weight on the frame? On the frameset?

  2. admin says:

    October 12th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Using Spirit for Lugs tubing, it’s about a 3.25lb frame, and the complete bike came in just under 18 lbs with a 600g steel fork and mostly Ultegra components. Depending on fork and wheelset, you can easily get under 17lbs.

  3. Mike (my bike!) says:

    November 16th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I have to admit movng from a custom Grandis frame to the Circle A was a an emotional decision (I crashed the Grandis), but the result FAR exceeded any expectations I had. Chris’s approach of combining art and science with some meager input from me resulted in a rideable (and very nimble and comfortable) work of art…could not be happier! BTW – a minor correction on the components – they are all campy chorus with chorus carbon crank….had to keep some Italian heritage in here somewhere!


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