Ride Reviews

WeberHeadshotThere's more than meets the eye with Mike Weber's custom built Klunker, it's not just another beach cruiser. Much like the original Klunkers from the late 70s and early 80s that inspired the build, it's made up of miscellaneous bike parts found laying around to allow it to handle the trail better than the neighborhood.

Here's what Mike had to say about it.

"The frame (with the cranks installed) came through a used bike shop in which I worked in high school and college. That frame design, with the flat parallel bars beneath the top tube, was only made for two years and I thought it was cool. I mentioned I liked it, so my employer / partner gave it to me in 1985 after it sat around the shop for a few weeks and we didn't get around to building it for sale. I had the rest of the parts on a cruiser my friend had built from his dad's 1950's Schwinn 3 speed and then had sold to me.

Frame, fork, cranks, handlebars, grips, stem, chain, and seat post are all as I installed them when I built the bike in 1985.

Wheels were changed as I ran across what I thought were better options, when I found them at little or no cost. It started with chrome plated steel rims on old hubs, then went to a set of vintage steel tandem wheels. The durability was awesome, but they weighed a ton. Current rear wheel was given to me for parts by a customer of mine at my shop in Summit County after it was taco'ed in a crash. I straightened it by jumping up and down on it and then truing it and have been riding it ever since. Front wheel came off a $5 craigslist vintage bike purchase.

Saddle came from my old Bridgestone MB-1 when I went to a lighter Ti saddle on that bike.

Headbadge came from my mom's mid-'50s Schwinn Racer she got when she was a kid.

Tires have always been whatever I have lying around. Rear tire was a swap purchase from Georgia Gould. When I ripped a sidewall, I wasn't confident using it on my MTB , so I patched the sidewall and threw it on the cruiser."


Build List

Frame: 1964 Schwinn Typhoon

Fork: 1982 Cyclepro 26” BMX cruiser

Headset: 1” generic BMX

BB: 1 piece American to 3 piece cotterless conversion

Gearing: 44 x 18

Cranks: 1980 Shimano Tourney BMX 170mm w/ 44 tooth chainring

Chain: Generic single speed

Pedals: 1st generation Ritchey Logic SPD compatible clipless

Front Hub: Suzue sealed bearing

Front Rim: Specialized GX20 26 x 1.5

Front Tire: WTB Velociraptor 26 x 2.1

Rear Hub: Shimano CB­E110 Coaster Brake w/ 18 tooth cog

Rear Rim: Red anodized SUMO 26 x 1.75 (Copy of ARAYA 7x)

Rear Tire: Maxxis CrossMark eXCeption Series Silkworm 26 x 2.1 kevlar bead

Saddle: 1988 Selle Italia Rolls

Stem: 1982 Diamond Back BMX

Bars: 1982 steel paperboy style

Seatpost: 3⁄4” chrome plated steel

Seatpost clamp: 1985 Tioga BMX seatpost clamp

Grips: Early ‘80s Taiwanese knock off of Grab­on MX2


Mickey and the Beanstalk bell

Odells IPA beer coaster in rear spokes


      SuperXonstairsMy SuperX on the stairs of the slowly deteriorating USGP flyover. YGR will be working to relocate the flyover in the very near future. Keep an eye out for how you can help.

      During the course of the 2014/015 cyclocross season, I've had several people ask about my Cannondale SuperX so I figured I'd do a ride review on it.  The guys at ProVelo took a standard 52cm SuperX and converted it to single speed for me.   It worked flawlessly. Enjoy.











          Frame: 52cm Cannondale SuperX set up Single Speed

          Fork: Cannondale
          Bars: Cannondale C1 42cm
          Stem: Cannondale C1 100mm
          Saddle:  Ergon SR3- medium
          Seat post:  Cannondale C1
          Rims: No name Chinese carbon fiber. 25mm width and 38mm depth   
          Hubs: Novatec 
          Tires:Challenge Fango 33mm
          Brake Levers: TRP Hylex
          Brakes: TRP Hylex hydraulic.140/160 rotors
          Front Derailleur: NA
          Rear Derailleur: NA
          Cassette: Rennen 16 tooth cog
          Cranks: Sram Force 172.5
          Chainring: 39 tooth Tangent BMX chainring
          Pedals: Crankbrothers Eggbeater 3s

          Computer: Garmin Edge 510


          Logan Raliegh2

           As many of you know, Fort Collins local, Logan VonBokel is a tech reporter for Velo News.  That means he gets to test a lot of nice bikes and equipment.  When he settles on something for personal bike, it's worth noting. This season Logan has been doing a fair amount of single speed cx races and has been pretty successful at it.  Here we have his 15.6lb Raleigh Hodala SSCX. 








          Frame: 54cm Raleigh Hodala SSCX

          Fork: Enve Cross
          Bars: 44cm Thomson Katie Compton Cross
          Stem: Enve 120mm
          Saddle:  San Marco Zoncolan
          Seat post: Oval 
          Rims:  Bontrager Aeolus 5 
          Hubs: Bontrager — DT Swiss Internals
          Tires: FMB Pro Super SSC
          Brake Levers: TRP RRL
          Brakes: TRP RevoX Carbon - Reynolds Cryo-Blue Brake Pads
          Front Derailleur: NA
          Rear Derailleur: NA
          Cassette: Niner Cogalicious 18t
          Cranks: Power2max Type S Rotor 3D
          Chainring: SRAM CX1 42t
          Pedals: Shimano XTR




              Gould cx bike 2014Local Luna Chix pro, Georgia Gould is riding a new cyclocross rig this season and the Orbea branded carbon steed isn't as it appears. For 2014, Orbea Bicycles, the longtime sponsor of the Luna Chix pro team, decided not to produce a cyclocross bike. This gap in the lineup left the powerhouse team looking for a new frame to compete on.  Management decided to purchase several Ibis Hakkalugi frames and build them up with sponsor correct bits (mostly). Star riders like Georgia and Katerina Nash are on the new Ibis frames while other riders are on last year's Orbea Terra bicycles. 

              Frame: 53cm Ibis Hakkalugi

              Fork: Enve Cross Disc

              Bars: 42cm Pro Vibe 7s

              Stem: 90mm Pro Vibe 7s

              Saddle: Selle Italia SLR XC Team Edition. 

              Seat post: Pro Vibe 7s

              Rims: Shimano Carbon Tubular Prototype. 

              Hubs: Shimano CX75

              Tires: Clement PDX tubulars

              Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace R785

              Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace R785

              Front Derailleur: NA- E13 chainguard

              Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 9070 Di2

              Cassette: Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Dura Ace 11-28

              Cranks: Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Di2 172.5

              Chainring: Shimano Dura Ace 9000 39 tooth

              Pedals: Shimano XTR

              Powermeter: Stages.


                  2014 Fuji SupremeThis week we take a look at Amanda Miller of Team Tibco's 50cm 2014 Fuji Supreme. Miller lives here in Fort Collins and races professionally for Team Tibco. 

                  Frame: 2014 Fuji Supreme

                  Size: S (50cm)

                  Fork: Fuji Carbon FC440

                  Headset: FSA

                  Wheelset: Reynolds Carbon Clincher 46 (or 32 if it's a hilly race)

                  Skewers: Reynolds

                  Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 11spd electronic

                  Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra electronic

                  Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 11spd electronic

                  Brakes: Shimano Ultegra with Reynolds carbon pads

                  Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 11spd (50/35t)

                  Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon

                  Seatpost: Oval Components 910

                  Saddle: Prologo Kappa Evo

                  Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 11spd (11-25t, 11-28t for hilly races)

                  Tires: Maxxis Cormet One 70

                  Stem: Oval Components 713

                  Bars: Oval Components 700s


                  Indy Fab snow
                  We continue with our shop owner bike review series with Justin Newberg's 2007 Indy Fab Crown Jewel. Justin owns the Bike Recyclery and sells vintage bikes and bike parts to customers all over the country via his website, http://www.bikerecyclery.com/. The Bike Recyclery  operates out of the basement of Justin's house in Old Town. The space doubles as a shop, showroom, photo studio and warehouse.  
                  Here are the other two bikes from the series. 
                  Here's what he rides when he's not shipping Campy derailleur's or Dean frames out the back door. 
                  Frame: 2007 Independent Fabrications Crown Jewel, Reynolds 853 steel
                  Fork: Reynolds Ouzo Pro
                  Headset: Chris King
                  Size: 56cm
                  Wheelset: Mavic Open Pro on Campagnolo Record
                  Skewers: KCNC
                  Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record 10-speed carbon/ti
                  Front Derailleur: Dura Ace 7800 (The Record FD is simply inferior)
                  Shifters: Campagnolo Record 10-speed carbon
                  Brakes: Campagnolo Record
                  Crankset: Campagnolo Record 10-speed 53/39t
                  Pedals: Shimano XTR PD-M959
                  Seatpost: Onza NADS tool-less seatpost
                  Saddle: Brooks Professional 
                  Cassette: Campagnolo Record 12-26t
                  Tires: Continental Gran Prix 4000s
                  Stem: Thompson 
                  Bars: Reynolds Ouzo Pro

                  Archies DomaneThis week as we continue our series of shop owners bikes, we take a look at Archie Solsky's 2013 Trek 6 Series Project One Domane. Archie is the owner of all three Lee's Cyclery locations.  As you may have guessd, Trek is their bread and butter brand. Even in a 58cm frame, Archie's ride comes in at 15.10lbs w/ pedals, cages and computer. 

                  The Build
                  Frame: 2013 6 Series Trek Domane- 600 Series OCLV Carbon, E2, BB90, performance cable routing, DuoTrap compatible, Ride Tuned seatmast, IsoSpeed 
                  Size: 58
                  Fork: Domane IsoSpeed full carbon, E2 asymmetric steerer 
                  Headset: Cane Creek IS-2, integrated, cartridge bearings, sealed, alloy, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom 
                  Stem: 110mm Bontrager RXL
                  Handlebars: 44cm Bontrager RXL 
                  Front brake: SRAM Red 
                  Rear brake: SRAM Red 
                  Brake levers: SRAM Red 
                  Front derailleur: SRAM Red 
                  Rear derailleur: SRAM Red WiFli 
                  Shift levers:  SRAM Red 10 speed
                  Cassette:  Sram 11x32
                  Crankset: Sram Red 50x34
                  Pedals: Chromoly Speedplay Zero
                  Wheelset: Mavic Sys R
                  Front tire: Conti Grand Prix 4000 23mm 
                  Rear tire: Conti Grand Prix 4000 23mm
                  Saddle: Specialized Toupe RBX Expert
                  Seat post:  Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offset


                  01Owning a bike shop is a tricky business but  it comes with certain benefits and one of those benefits is having access to the latest and greatest bicycles available from the manufacturers you carry.  Over the next several weeks, YGR will highlight some of our local bike shop owners favorite bikes. 
                  This week we start with Greg Thornton's 2014 Pinarello Dogma.   Greg owns ProVelo Bicycles and has access to bikes from Cannondale, Jamis, Pinarello, Santa Cruz.

                  The Build

                  Frame: Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2
                  Sizes: 53
                  Fork: Pinarello Onda Carbon 65HM1K
                  Headset: Pinarello, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered
                  Stem: Pinarello Most 120
                  Handlebars: Pinarello Most 42
                  Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton dual pivot
                  Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton single pivot
                  Brake levers: Campagnolo Ultra-Shift Super Record EPS
                  Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
                  Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
                  Shift levers: Campagnolo Ultra-Shift Super Record EPS
                  Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record, 11-26T
                  Chain: Campagnolo Record 11s
                  Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record Ultra-Torque CT, 39/53T
                  Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Ultra-Torque OS-Fit
                  Pedals: Look Keno Blade 2 Ti
                  Wheelset: Campagnolo Shamal Ultra
                  Front tire: Continental GP Grand Prix 4000, 700x25mm
                  Rear tire: Continental GP Grand Prix 4000, 700x25mm
                  Saddle: Selle Italia SLR ti
                  Seat post: Dogma

                  001Fort Collins' Georgia Gould took much of the 2013/2014 Cyclocross season off to recover from the 2012 MTB and CX seasons and the 2013 MTB season. After several months of rest and unstructured training, Georgia rode her 2013 Orbea Terra to victories at the Colorado State Cyclocross Championships, both Altitude Adjustment races in Longmont and 5th place at Cyclocross Nationals in Boulder. Here's a quick rundown of her championship winning bike. 

                  Frame: 51cm Orbea Terra 

                  Fork: Orbea Terra Carbon

                  Shifters/Brake Levers: Shimano Dura Ace

                  Front derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace

                  Rear derailleur: N/A. e*thirteen XCX guide

                  Tires: Clemte PDX 33 front and rear.

                  Wheels: Shimano Dura Ace C35 tubulars

                  Cranks: Shimano Dura Ace w/ single 39 tooth chain ring.

                  Chain: Shimano Dura Ace

                  Cassette: 12/27 Shimano Dura Ace

                  Brakes: Shimano CX70

                  Bars: 42cm Pro Vibe 7s

                  Stem: 100mm Pro Vibe 7s

                  Pedals: Shimano XTR PD-M970

                  Saddle: Selle Italia SLR XC

                  Seat post: Pro Vibe 7s

                  Headset: Fsa 1-1/8 - 1-1/2" Integrated


                  Steve Stefko piloted his 2012 Cannondale SuperX Carbon4 to consistent top 5 placings in the Colorado Elites this season and 3rd in the 35-39 age group at Cyclocross Nationals in Boulder last week. The Rival build, coming in at $3000.00, shows you can compete with the best without the $6000.00 cross bike.





                  Frame: 2012 54cm Cannondale SUPERX, BALLISTEC CARBON, SPEED SAVE, BB30

                  Fork: Cannondale SUPERX, BALLISTEC CARBON, 1-1/8" TO 1-1/4" STEERER

                  Shifter: SRAM Rival

                  Rear Derailleur: SRAM Rival

                  Front Derailleur: SRAM Rival

                  Tires: Clemte PDX 33

                  Wheels: Neuvation 50mm carbon tubular with Neuvation hubs.

                  Cranks: FSA GOSSAMER PRO, BB30, 46/36

                  Chain: SRAM 1091

                  Cassette:SRAM 12-26

                  Brakes: TRP Euro-X

                  Brake Pads: Zipp

                  Bars: CANNONDALE C2 COMPACT

                  Stem: Easton EA90 110mm

                  Pedals: Shimano XT

                  Saddle: FI'ZI:K TUNDRA 2

                  Seat post: CANNONDALE C3 CARBON WRAP, 27.2X300MM

                  Headset: Cane Creek


                  brannanboo01/16/2014 Back in Oct YGR reviewed Brannan Fix's Boo RS-X.  Brannan rode this bike to an age group state championship title aswell as a victory in the 10-29 non championship race and a solid 10th in the 17-18 year old National Championship race. For Nats., Brannan rode Challenge Chicanes with 20 and 20.5 in the rear, 21 in the he front.

                  YGR will be reviewing local riders bikes in a new fearture called, Ride Review.  We'll start with Brannan Fix's 57cm Boo RS-X. 

                  Frame: Boo RS-X Size: 57cm

                  Components: Sram Force Cranks, Sram Force Rear D, Sram Force shifters, Sram Rival front d.

                  Tires: Challenge Grifo Tubular

                  Wheels: American Classic Carbon 38 tubular

                  Chainrings: SRAM 46-36

                  Cassette: PG 1070 11-26

                  Brakes: TRP Euro-X

                  Bars: Ritchey Evo-Curve 42cm

                  Stem: Ritchey Classic 110mm

                  Pedals: Time Carbon-Ti

                  Saddle: Selle San Marco ASPide

                  Seat post: Ritchey WCS