JV’s Winter bike

Inspired by the winter bike I built for myself, I was asked to create something similar for Portland commuting. The concept is along the same lines – an all weather mix of disc brakes, internally geared hub and belt drive, on a frame with an integrated rear pannier rack – but with some extras: The rear hub is Shimano’s Alfine 11spd, controlled by Versa integrated brake/shifters. There is a matching Alfine dynohub, with internal wiring inside the fork leg to the crown mounted front lamp, and further internal wiring through the toptube and rack to the rear LED light on the back of the rack. The fenders are carbon fiber models from Ruckus, complete with carbon stays! Custom painted NoTubes Alpha 340 rims enable tubeless tires with sealant for no worries about punctures.

The frame has a Niner EBB for tensioning the belt, and a split dropout for belt installation. The geometry of the rack was based around using the small Ortlieb panniers whilst providing for heel clearance. And finally a chameleon-like green/blue sparkly paint job to finish it off!

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