Category Archives: singlespeed
I’ll admit, this bike should have been shot with a Kleen Kanteen, not a Purist, but Kyle doesn’t like rules, at all, so it’s fine.
This MB-1 came into Golden Saddle Cyclery around the time Kyle sold his Saluki, regrettably. We’ve all been there before, you’re in a bind and you’ve gotta part ways with one bike to make ends meet, but luckily for Kyle, he kept in alignment with Grant Petersen‘s ideologies.
Bridgestone’s MB-1 hit at a unique time in mountain biking. Dirt drops were in and rigid was the (only) way. For Kyle, this bike became his around-town singlespeed, opting for White Industries components and Nitto’s Bullmoose bars. Topped off with Rubena Cityhopper tires.
Matt just fired over some photos of his 2009 NAHBS RetroTec Cycles RetroFat SS, retrofitted with the new Whisky 70w Fat Tubeless Rims to Industry Nine hubs… the consensus? I dig it, especially the color, the Cambium and those Surly Nate gumwall tires.
I think it looks like a ton of fun and if you’re going to Saddle Drive this year, you’ll probably see it mobbing around.
Check out a few more photos below!
The All-City Junkyard Dog, or JYD isn’t an absolute staple bike in your stable, but it sure looks fun.
Photos by Kyle Kelley
After passing away a few weeks back, Ezra Caldwell‘s work keeps popping up all over, miles away from his home studio in New York City. In fact, this bike was first built up by Golden Saddle Cyclery years back for Sean, a loyal customer living in Santa Barbara.
A singlespeed commuter is really all most people need. 650b tires provide a smooth ride and for medium sized frames, they look well-balanced proportionately. Exra had a way of proclaiming his approach with frame design by not really saying anything. While this bike may seem very straight-forward, the details in the metalwork are what first caught my eye.
The chainguard is attached by two 5mm bolts that actually pass through the down and seat tubes. Then the guard itself is incredibly elegant, especially when matched with the White Industries ENO cranks.
Stainless lugs and raw steel tubes make up the frame’s materials, with a good amount of patina forming on the steel. It must be the salt in the air. Santa Barbara is coastal, you know. The rear rack is custom, with wooden planks, which even out the overall build, especially when compared to Ezra’s signature wooden handlebars.
In a lot of ways, this bike is void of ostentation, yet meticulously detailed. Something that seemed to spill over from Ezra’s personality onto everything he touched.
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The JYD frame. The ultimate around town, take the bum trail to your favorite bar, street or dirt ready shred sled. It’s simple, fun and yep, singlespeed.
Jeff from All-City has been talking about doing this frameset for some time now. He wanted to call it the “Junkyard Dog”, but went with JYD instead.
Segmented fork, threaded BB and yes, canti studs, clearances for a monster 29’r tire, gussets, fender mounts, you name it, the JYD is ready for it… all for $550 frameset.
See more at All-City and more photos below!
I have a thing for purple bikes and this singlespeed BAUM Extensa is making me feel all warm inside. Seriously, wow. Head over to the BAUM Flickr for more!
Man, this bike has been in process since 2012. Seriously. I remembered those Courage track ends specifically. There’s a saying that all good things take time and that can certainly be applied here. Magnus’ bike is looking amazing. See more at the Bishop Flickr!
Absolute Black not only has one of the best names, they claim to have the best singlespeed cog. Designed in the UK and manufactured in Poland, these cogs offer up quite the blast beats for your buck. As far as I can tell, they’re the first people to adopt and adapt SRAM’s “narrow wide” tooth to a singlespeed cog, which seems like a no-brainer for cross.
These beastly cogs fit Shimano freehub bodies, offer up a thick, 7mm base to prevent freehub damage and are constructed from cnc machined 7075 Txxx Aluminum, with a steel option on the way for the bigger riders.
18t is in stock for $39 with 16t and 20t on back-order until the 25th of June.
See more at Absolute Black and praise the Necronomicog.
Thanks for sharing this, Chris!
Photos by Keith Trotta
After I shot photos of Chris Bishop’s blue Drillium Revival Track Bike, a customer named Eduardo contacted him to make a similar bike, but as a singlespeed. I’d say it’s pretty damn close too. Especially the Drillium Revival cranks. See more at the Bishop Flickr.
I poached this off the Fairdale blog and had to share!