Dan’s Flat Bar Fargo

This unique Fargo build is for Dan, who will be going LONG with his new ride.

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Dirt road riding and bikepacking is our forte, we helped Dan put some thought into his custom build kit. First off, the Salsa Fargo frame is a proven chassis for this application, carrying its weight long and low, with plenty of provisions for frame bags, racks, and water bottle mounts to keep weight off the back.

From the start, Dan wanted his bike to be based on a flat bar riding position. We settled on the versatile Jones Loop bar, which offers several hand positions for anything from off road use to pavement cruising. The drivetrain is mostly Shimano XT, pared with a set of Paul’s Thumbies shifters, which work great on these bars. They also have the added benefit of a “friction” mode, so the shifters will keep working even if the derailleur is damaged and won’t index.
Stopping duties went to a set of Avid BB7 mechanicals for ease of maintenance, boosted with Odyssey linear cable housing for extra power and modulation.

 

The wheelset is especially nice. We built it up with Shimano XT hubs and NoTubes Flow rims, 36 spokes laced up with DT Competition spokes for durability and stiffness even when loaded heavy. He’s running a set of WTB Nano Raptor tires, known for low rolling resistance and durability.

We finished the build off with a set of bags from Revelate Designs and a frame pack he already had. Regarding Dan’s first ride on it, he said:
“Yesterday was her maiden voyage. I rode mostly dirt and paved roads throughout the national park. 20 miles or so and it was heaven. So smooth and easy to ride. Better than I imagined. One friend offered to buy her on the spot after taking his turn. She really is amazing and THANK YOU.”

 

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Women’s Wrench Night

We are All Mechanics

There aren’t many female bike mechanics in the industry and I can relate to Katlyn Hershman who owns a shop in NY. “Guys automatically ask for the mechanic.”

Last weekend we had another ladies only get together at The Hub. But, instead of our monthly movie night, we decided to start the year off with a Women’s Bike Maintenance 101. We had almost 30 women (and Zander) and the night was a success for us all, on different levels. We got Café Aroma’s breakfast pizza and made a little party of it. I had a couple of women from out-of-town, but the rest were all locals! Yeah, Idyllwild is blowing up with women on bikes and I’m very happy to be in the middle of it.

Since I had such a big response to the clinic, I decided to make it “lecture” style and forgo the hands-on part. It was a little bit of a sacrifice, but it helped us to all fit in the shop. We went over fixing a flat, fixing a broken chain, and what and how to clean and lube on your bike. We had a great Q&A session in the end and everyone pitched in.

For those of you that missed it, stay tuned for more clinics this spring. I also found this organization that was put together by a couple of women in Madison, WI whose mission is “To provide a supportive environment for women to overcome the barriers that keep them from learning how to maintain their bicycles.” They offer a series of women’s only clinics and have a great logo (above.) The also have some great maintenance resources on their site.

Thanks to all the women who came out and made the Wrench and Bitch a success. See you next month for movie night, again!

Tuesday Alleycat and Film Screening

Next Tuesday we have the pleasure of screening 23 Feet, a documentary, in Idyllwild. We took this opportunity as an excuse for another bike ride, with so many outdoors enthusiasts in town.

We will start at the shop at 6:30. The ride is an alleycat style ride (yeah, spoke card and all!) which will take you to some Idyllwild highlights and eventually meander over to the film screening. We’re going to roll out at 6:30 so we can get to the film on time with enough room for sight seeing.

Here’s a preview from the film – time for some summer fun in Idyllwild!