My Bike Stable

My Origin-8 CX700 All-Rounder:

Ain’t she a beaut?

Specs and Components:

– 56cm 2011 Origin-8 CX700 Frame
– Brooks B17 Std. Honey
– 40cm Nitto B-115 Classic Bars
8-speed Shimano RSX Levers, w/ Tektro Cross brakes
– Tektro CR720 Cantis
– MEC Alloy Seatpost
– Araya PX-35/Alivio Hub Wheelset
– CST Critter 29×2.1 Tires
– Avenir Adjustable Stem
– SRAM PG730 7 speed/12-32T 
– MEC racks
– Shimano Alivio Front/Rear derailleurs

– FSA Hammer Headset w/ Origin-8 Spacers

TO DO List:

1. New Rear Derailleur —-> DONE!
2. New Seatpost w/ More Setback
3. Full Fenders —–> DONE!
4. New Rear Casette (it’s worn and skips sometimes)

And here she is in her summer clothes, with
front racing slick, and rear touring tire. 

This is my main rig, used for everything from touring to single-track riding to randonneuring (with appropriate tire choice, of course!). The flexibility and versatility of the frame allows me to run thin 700c road tires, or all the way up to 29×2.2″ mountain knobbies. The frame is a relatively lightwight 6.8lbs frame + uncut fork (similar to Surly’s Pacer), and so there is much penalty when it comes to switching from trail duty to road bike. I always like to include flexible handlebars and stem for multi-purpose bikes

The SS/Fixed (AKA, my other bike):


– 1970-something Japanese frame w/ “Raleigh Competition” Headbadge
– Weinmann DP-18/Formula Sealed Wheelset
– Cheap-O GT Gel Seat
– KMC Singlespeed Chain
– No-Name 32T Crank
– No-Name 16T Cog and Freewheel
– 700x23mm Hutchinson Nitros
– Rumage Bin Odds and Ends:
             – “Cherry” Centre-pull brake (Vintage ’70s!)
             – Single Tektro brake lever

Built mostly to see what all this ‘fixed’ craze was about. I now think its a bit overrated. I live in a hilly area, and so the gearing has to be insanely low (32/16) for me to be able to ride. This low gear ratio isn’t fun on descents! Mostly used to commute to school in the summer, but in the winter, I stick it on the fluid trainer in my basement – otherwise it wouldn’t ever get ridden during that part of the year.

Hopefully more bikes will make their way into my stable!

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