|The "Orange Crush" went single in 2019.|
What many of you readers may not realize is that the original set up for this bike was single speed. It didn't remain that way for long, but I thought, hey! Why not? I had the stuff on hand, so I took an afternoon in December of 2018 and converted the bike to SS mode.
The list goes like this:
- Crankset- 180mm 110 BCD Sakae from an early 80's Specialized sequoia touring bike.
- Chain ring- 40T "no-name" steel ring, likely from an old 7 or 8 speed triple.
- Cog- 16T Boone Titanium with matching single speed cassette spacers.
- Bottom bracket - Old 90's era UN-52 Shimano cartridge style. Square taper natch!
I have had an idea running for several years now to get out and do a single speed century. When I do, it will be on this bike. I added a Wolf Tooth B-Rad rack adapter which allows me to squeeze in an extra water bottle, and where I have that pack mounted may become another mount. A nice Lezyne side loader cage should make that possible. Then I'd have 4 bottles on board. Plenty to get quite a ways down the road.
I recently added some fender "skirt" extenders....flaps? Not sure what the rando guys call those, but this will make the Orange Crush a lot better in sloppy, wet, and rainy conditions, which is partially why I went single speed with this old rig. It'll be the Winter hack, mucky roads choice when those situations arise.
Stay tuned next week for the next "Bikes of 2019" post.