What’s in a commuter?
Keith was looking for a bike that could be everything — daily commuter through Brooklyn and Manhattan, upstate dirt crusher — a bike that would look good, and ride even better.
The Evergreen was the best platform for this super-build.
The first bike we built for Keith, a couple years ago, was a custom painted Parlee. Titanium frames are magic, so we didn’t need any paint on the Evergreen. The Chris King Turquoise kit gives the bike just the right amount of zing. To give the bike a well rounded personality, we laced the hubs to Hed Belgium Plus rims. The wheels can take a 25mm race tire, or a 35mm plushy deluxe (the Compass Bon Jon Pass will be nice). The Evergreen’s personality changes right with the tires.
We dialed the geometry for stability, we dialed the acceleration to 11. This was the note we received from Keith after his first ride:
“Rode in today and damn man…the best way to describe the ride is it floats on the road.”
Next up, Keith puts the bike through its paces in the Berkshires. Can’t wait.
Words & Photos: Ilya Nikhamin
This post originally appeared on the Seven Cycles blog.