This white road bike with LSU inspired colours is going to Mike in Louisiana. Hugh and Mike have known each other for a long time and back when Mike was a university student Hugh built him a bike. Unfortunately, Mike was hit by a car last year and not only did he sustain some pretty bad injuries but his bike was totaled. Now that Mike is on the mend, his thoughts turned to a new bike paying homage to his Alma Matter. Mike’s old road bike pre-dates the Bikecad software we now use, so we had to get a little creative with finding his existing bike’s measurements. You can click on the photo below to see the photo-shopped picture he sent us. To give you an idea of the damage to the frame, check out the seatstays. Those were originally straight, they aren’t DKS or Terraplane or anything along those lines; the frame is simply that badly buckled. The old bike now has a special place on Mike’s wall at home.
For his new bike Mike chose SRAM Red with the Limited Edition Tour yellow graphics. This bike features Zipp 404 Firecrest wheels, a Chris King headset and a very cool Ano purple Salsa Lip-lock seat collar.
Mike’s (not the same Mike) new mountain bike features the very cool 11 speed Alfine rear hub. We do a fair amount of bikes with internally geared hubs as they just make sense for a lot of people; all the gearing range with the simplicity of not having to worry about derailleurs.
Mike’s new bike features a Brooks Saddle and a Titec H-Bar for the very best in contact points, as well as a King Headset and WTB tires. My favorite part is the very cool matte green paint job.
Finally we have Paul’s new city bike. Paul wanted a bike that wouldn’t attract a lot of attention (you’ll note it doesn’t have a downtube logo) but fit great, handle better and would be adept at both city riding and mountain biking. The frame is made out of some very cool Tange Prestige Ultrastrong tubing that we had stored away. If you’re at all familiar with 1993-1995 Kona and Norco mountain bikes then you will probably recognize this tubeset. This bike is equipped with an Alfine hub, Sugino cranks and Avid V-brakes.