You might want to put on some sunglasses to look at this week’s Readers’ Rides post from Wayne in Bristol. Read on below to find out what inspired this unique Trek 6000 build!
Thought I’d submit my Readers Ride and current love thing
It’s a 1991 Trek 6000 frame that is a little beaten up, but is super appealing to me visually. I’ve developed a total obsession with the ’80s and ’90s aesthetic in the last year or so..this is a total representation of my bike brain having a massive colour fart!
I spend my work life juggling a bike studio (Tailwind Cyclery in Bristol, UK), photography, and mentoring young people. All are amazingly rewarding, creative and blend together beautifully. I get to educate and enthuse young kids in the joys of cycling and maintaining and building bicycles. Bristol also has a super active and supportive cycle scene.
I guess this is a typical bike shop owner kinda ride…there’s plenty of bike geek bling, reused components and a mish-mash of parts and ideas
I’ve swapped out the original rigid fork for a Surly model which had a near-identical axle to crown measurement, with the added benefits of multiple mounting points, disc brake, and thru-axle compatibility.
I have used a 650b front wheel and plan to rebuild the dynamo hub into a mullet setup when i can get hold of matching 650b/26″ rims.
The Soma bars are literally a dream…the Paul Components choices are clearly ridiculous for a frame that is worth £30, but bikes are silly and I love them. Component choices are solid, fuss-free 1x with gear ratios that match the chilled ride pace that this bike is intended
The frame bag was made by a local friend and bag maker ..a truly magnificent piece of work. The ability to stuff a few things within the frame triangle and not have it hinder the ride experience is really important to me…not a huge fan of dangly, swinging things!! I do attach a rack and basket to the front end when loads dictate but as pictured, even with my limited skills, wheelies are pretty easy!
The Son Dynamo light is a luxury that adds another layer of practicality to what is otherwise a bit of a nonsense …but it makes me grin from ear to ear every time that I ride it.
26 ain’t dead…or rim brakes…or inner tubes. Do like a disc brake and tubeless though!
I adore this bike …oh, and the other ones. Will it ever end?
1991 Trek 6000 frame
Surly Midnight Special Fork
Middleburn RS7 cranks
Velo Orange Escapade Rims with Shimano RM60 rear hub SP SL9 Dynamo Hub
Son Edelux II front light
Soma Dream Riser Bar
Paul Comp Box Car Stem
Brooks Cambium C15 All Weather Saddle
Shimano SLX Rear Mech
Paul Klamper/Touring Canti brakes
Schwalbe Table Tops
Velo Orange Mojave Cage Klean Kanteen 40oz
House of Rides custom frame wedge
We’d like to thank all of you who have submitted Readers Rides builds to be shared over here. The response has been incredible and we have so many to share over the next few months. Feel free to submit your bike, listing details, components, and other information. You can also include a portrait of yourself with your bike and your Instagram account! Please, shoot landscape-orientation photos, not portrait. Thanks!