When the biggest supporter of Valleybikes decides on building a fixed gear to add to his already amazing arsenal of bicycles, we simply get the groove on and put some music to savor the build.
Marv wanted a steel fixed gear. He demanded for a FUN bike. Easy to ride, comfortable AND beautiful… We threw in some ideas into the drawing board and this is the product:
An eclectic mix of retro inspired touches with modern practical cues.
Built in the year of the COVID19 Pandemic, around August, Marv commissioned Valleybikes to create a fixed gear for his short street errands. He wants it real steel so we searched for a good Pinoy brand which fits the description. We landed on a dude from Bulacan selling his The Project size 50 triple tri frame. Technology and business talks later, we got the black, rare TP frame all the way from Bulacan.
The seller was very sad to let go of the TP frame but he had to sell it to help finance his mother’s hospital bills. What a noble thing to do. Hats off to you, brother!
Cosmic Blue Metallic
Valleybikes gave the frame some love and repainted it to Cosmic Blue Metallic. The frame is heavy. Thus we decided to lighten the build with aluminum silver parts. The fork was made of alu-carb, an odd mix of aluminum and carbon fiber. It is light and it balanced out the gravity points from the triple tri.
Silver Aero Wheelset
Searching for silver rims and hubs, we chanced upon these aluminum aero rims. We matched them with shiny XJ fixie hubs, spokes and nipples. Marv wanted a 700c x 28 tires so we slapped in a pair of WTB Thickslick to complete the look.
Crank and Chain
Classic look means metal looking, shiny parts. We opted for the aluminum PIZZ crankset (48t) and paired it with Shimano peanut chain. We slapped in a tapered 117mm bottom bracket for the TP frame.
It was clear from the very beginning that we shall use a Brooks saddle to accentuate the metallic blue color of the frame. We just didn’t know what shade of brown are we going to use, the honey or the dark brown. Then we found out that Brooks saddles were all out of stock in our local bike shops and shipments were delayed due to the COVID 19 pandemic. We took matter in our own hands and ordered from abroad, willing to wait due to the slow mailing system. We found this Brooks B17 softened leather saddle. We won’t go on raving about the Brooks saddle, but we believe in the quality and workmanship of the saddle. ‘Nuff said.
For the dropbar, we used the Veloci Cheers 420 bar. The hashtags were good marketing schemes and it actually got us: #beermore #sosober #cheers . We wrapped the bar in white tape to complement the leather strap for the toe cage.
It rides great. It is fun. What more can I say about it? The ladies love the bike. Can we conclude that this is indeed a pogi bike? Fixed Game.