I love a late morning roll down to a local café for a long black coffee. I was riding my Cell Bikes fixie/singlespeed, Wonder Woman. Perfect weather, sweet bike and great coffee. What is there not to love?
I have had this bike for a while — see the Wonder Woman tag. I built the bike up from a Cell Bikes fixie frame along with many parts that I had in a box from other bike projects. The intent of the bike was to use it around town to run down to the shops, post office and local cafes. The bike was a parts bin special that I had built for less than $200 that I could happily leave at the front of a store without worrying too much if it was stolen.
The bike has a 46 tooth chainring and a 17 tooth freewheel — that actually makes it a singlespeed, not a fixie. In this configuration — but with Shimano SPD pedals, not the flats in the following photo — I have riden the bike around the Brisbane River Loop at an average speed of more than 29 km/h.
With the next Brisbane Style Over Speed ride fast approaching, I decided it was time to modify the bike to make it more of a sit-up bike — a bit more style and a little less speed. The main change was the Velo Orange Milan handlebars. I decided the deep V rim wheels of the original build did not go with the stylish look, so purchased a set of Marvinator wheels from Gear Shop Brisbane. The final change was a set of VP Components VP-X92 double sided SPD-compatible/platform pedals. I reused the handlebar grips, brake levers, freewheel, tubes and tyres from the original bike build.
Last week I picked up a Marvinator wheelset from Gear Brisbane. The wheels are Gear Brisbane’s bottom-of-the-range wheels (and do not currently appear on their web site). The Marvinator rims from Colossi are built up with Quando hubs with sealed bearings. I am not sure what the spokes are. The Quando hub is a flip/flop hub.
Apparently the wheels are handbuilt in Brisbane by their “master wheel builder”. Pretty good value wheels for $230.
I weighed the Marvinator wheelset at 1048 grams for the front wheel and 1129 grams for the rear wheel, without rim tape or a sprocket/freewheel.
A group of families rode their bicycles over to the University of Queensland.
The 1/2” X 1/8” KMC Z510-HX silver chain on my orange singlespeed, Wonder Woman, is a thing of beauty. The photos do not do it justice, but in the sunlight it gleams and has a slightly industrial edge to it. The chain is chunkier than the chain on my other singlespeed. Nice.