|Rolf Vector Pros with tubular Tufo Elites makes sense for a commuter bike, right?|
|First iteration: normal road bike with drop bars; this is at Sea Otter 2002|
I bought this frame a long time ago and used it as a regular road bike (did the death valley century on it, ouch), then as a geared commuter with bar-ends & bullhorns, then a single-speed commuter with bullhorns for riding to Urchin HQ in San Diego, then as a very comfortable and fast beach cruiser for Mission Beach boardwalk duty, and now, finally, as a Caltrain bike commuter/hillclimber, with very low gearing for going up Folsom St. Don't seem to have any pics of the first version (normal road bike), but here are some other variants.
|2nd iteration - ghetto "STI" shifting setup with bullhorns, bar-ends, and regular vintage levers... kinda cool|
|cockpit is wacky but works pretty well and is cheap-ish|
|in commuter guise - redundant lights, kinda ugly|
|front 1" or so of suspension makes this thing super plush for boardwalk cruising|
|on wet/hard sand, this thing actually works fine with 23mm tires|
|cool vintage Paul brake levers|
But then, in Sept. 2011, we moved up onto Bernal Hill, which entails the ~18% Folsom St. grade. Time for gears I guess.
Went with a 1x9 setup. Dura-Ace 7700 crank w/ 42t chainring in front, 11-32 cassette in back, with XTR derailer from the parts bin.
|Rolf Vigor is ridiculous overkill, but it's an orphan and it's handy, so oh well. Thanks M. Gaiman!|
|XTR derailers from ~2004 are sharp|
|Paul Thumbie plus Shimano bar-end shifter make a super crisp shifting setup. Dig it.|
The curent state of this bike is my favorite. Upright and comfortable like a cruiser, fast and efficient like a road bike, equally good on flats or hills, hassle-free flat pedals, and pretty light at 20.5 lbs.