I have had experience with many cycles of parts on this bike since I built it in 2008 weather through wear and tear or simply breakage. I will try to document my experience with the parts on this page.
|Wheels:||Bontrager Race Lite (F)Shimano 105 / Velocity Deep V 36H (R)||http://bontrager.com/model/08252|
|Fork:||Alpha Q CX20 Carbon||http://www.alphaqbike.com|
|Tires:||Bontrager Race Lite Hard Case|
|Brakes:||Shimano XTR V // Avid Speed Dial Levers|
|Shifters:||Shimano XT Dynasis (left) Shimano SL-R770 (right)|
|Front Dir:||Shimano Dura-Ace|
|Rear Dir:||Shimano Deore XT 10 sp. Dyna–Sys|
|Cassette||Dyna-Sys Cassette – 10-Speed 11/34|
|Handlebar||Karbona integrated Carbon “mars bar”||http://www.karbona.com/pro-b-2-3.htm|
|seatpost||TruVativ Team Noir||www.sram.com/truvativ/|
|Seat:||Selle Italia Filte Titanium|
Total wight of the bike: just under 21lbs.
Since 2008 I have put approximately 24,000 miles on the Frame, Handlebar, Fork and snifters other parts have either been swapped or replaced as needed.
The Webber Monoporter Bike Trailer
I purchased my bike trailer direct from the Webber factory Germany in 2005. Although the cost was steep (~$700 ) the Monoporter literally transformed my bike into a touring machine overnight. The purchase of the monoporter opened up new possibilities for exploration camping and travel by bicycle. The Bike Bum was born.
The storage capacity of the Monoporter is huge, on my first trip to Puerto Rico in 2005 I carried cargo for both me and my travel companion. With a large single storgae compartment I have transported all types of odd items I could have never moved by bicycle including speakers, electronics, groceries and small children.
The Monoporter has also given me the flexibility to use a Custom Cyclocross Racing bike for touring. When I built up my new spooky bike in 2008 I was able to get a bike and trailer combo that weighed less than 35lbs. Although I have never toured with panniers I appreciate the following specific benefits of the bike trailer:
- Single storage compartment with removable waterproof drybag
- Easily removable payload: I often use the drybag as my checked luggage
- Collapsible – I can ship or fly the bike and trailer in the same box
- Lightweight: the monoporter weighs ~13lbs – lighter than any trailer on the market
- Trailer effect – on any degree of downhill the bike actually goes faster
- Easy to handle – in New York City I often rode with the trailer in traffic. The single wheel design is simple and nimble
- Easy to disengage. Snap the trailer off and I can drop the weight for exploratory spurs off the route.
- Elegant: simple design that keeps everything clean and easy to manage, I can fit everything I need in one bag.
Webber Products Page (German): http://www.weber-products.de/monoporter/index.html