Archive for May, 2013

Adam T’s Almanzo Gravel Racer

The BT Riders finished their first event of the season, the Almanzo 100 gravel race, four of them on Speedhounds.  Speedhound rider Adam Turman has been riding “Little Red” since August 2012, and never fails to praise the bike.  Here’s how he set up his ONLY ONE for race day:

Frameset:  Speedhound ONLY ONE, 54 cm, in Ace Red

Adam T and his Speedhound "Little Red" moments before the start of the 2013 Almanzo 100 gravel race.

Headset: Cane Creek Forty

Crankset: SRAM Force compact 50/34t, 170 mm, SRAM Team GXP bottom bracket

Rear Derailleur: SRAM Force

Front Derailleur: SRAM Force

Shifters: SRAM Force

Cassette/freewheel: SRAM PG-1050 10spd 12-25

Chain: SRAM PC-1051

Pedals: Ritchey SPD

Brake Calipers: Avid Shorty 6 cantilevers

Handlebars: Salsa Cowbell 2

Stem: Salsa Pro Moto

Little Red, set up for the street. For the gravel race, Adam used wheels with a beefier Mavic rim and 700X30 Challenge Almanzo tires.

Seat Post: Salsa 27.2 mm

Saddle: Brooks B17 (electric blue, black rails)

Front Wheel: Shimano Deore XT 36 hole, Mavic A119 rim, DT 14g 3X spokes

Rear Wheel: Shimano Deore XT 36 hole, Mavic A119 rim, DT 14g 3X spokes

Tires: Challenge Almanzo 700 X 30

Accessories:  Banjo Brothers frame and seat packs

The Speedhound ONLY ONE’s long wheelbase and stable handling proved ideal for the conditions on the Almanzo course.  All of the BT Riders stayed upright and finished in style, even through a challenging stream bed or two.  Trust us, it’s an accomplishment!



Speedhound’s Fabricator is a “Best of MN”

Best Custom Bikes! Pictured is Erik Noren's "Voltran" pursuit bike -- it's a typical Peacock Groove, very flambouyant.

Your local paper probably has an annual “best of” feature every year, right?  You know, best pizza, best ice cream, best brewpbub, best vintage shop, best whatever.  We Minneapolitans have the StarTribune’s 2013 Best of MN, “the greatest breweries to boutiques, restaurants to road trips — 110 reasons to love Minnesota.”  Sure, we’re a big biking town, but still, how cool is it that one of the “best of” categories is custom bikes?  And how  über-cool is it that Speedhound fabricator, Erik Noren of Peacock Groove, was named best in the custom bike category?  (Toggle to the second image to see the original article.)  We’re at a loss for words.  Congratulations, Erik, will have to do.  As an added bonus, Speedhound dealer, Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop + Coffee Bar, was named runner-up in the best bike shop category.

We’re Going to Grind Some Gravel

Our branding and Web design crew at  Bicycle Theory pulled together a motley “team” of non-racers to go out and show how to have a blast riding in the new breed of alternative bike races.  We’re the BT Riders, and we’re not out to win anything!  Our Spring Tour begins with the Almanzo 100 gravel race in Spring Valley, Minnesota.  Over one hundred miles on gravel roads.  Ouch, this could hurt!  Fortunately,  four of us will be riding Speedhound ONLY ONE bikes fitted out with puffy cyclo-cross tires, measuring from 700X30 to 700X33.  The extra tire volume and the ONLY ONE’s long wheelbase will help kill some of the sting.  Here’s BT Rider Kristine’s Our Blue 54cm gravel racer, before she swapped the Michelins for a pair of Kenda Small Block Eight 700X32 tires.  Kristine is coming from the MTB world, but she’s been killing it out on the dirt roads on our training rides.  We’ll post a post-ride report soon.  Keep the rubber side down and go your own speed!

Kristine's ONLY ONE gravel racer. The Hed wheels add lightness and the wider rims are a great match for the 700X32 tires she'll ride in the Almanzo.

There's plenty of room for more tire under that Speedhound fork crown. Kristine loves the shape and feel of the new Thomson carbon bar. The assymetric bar tape is just for stylish kicks.

Adam Turman Speedhound Poster Available Now

Minneapolitans and Saint Paulites who ride bikes, hang out at coffee houses, frequent bars and restaurants, go to clubs or otherwise get out and about will instantly identify the artist who created our screen-printed poster:

Speedhound by Adam Turman

Yes, it’s illustrator and Speedhound rider Adam Turman!

Some of Adam’s favorite themes are bikes, cityscapes, pinups and beer, so we knew we had the right artist to draw an image for Speedhound.  (Adam likes dogs, also.)  Models for the poster were the fixed-gear, belt-drive Speedhound prototype #1 (bike), Cooper, the Italian Greyhound (dog), and mystery woman??? (rider).

Hear Adam describe his work and see how he draws, inks and prints his illustrations here.  Adam is definitely a Minnesota original!

If you’d like to buy a Speedhound poster by Adam Turman, go to the”Contact” link at the upper right of our homepage.  Tell us your name, mailing address and how many prints you’d like.  We’ll send you an e-mail with payment options, including credit card or personal check. The prints measure 18″ X 24″ and are handsigned and numbered by Adam.  Fifty of the original run of 60 are available.  Price:  $35, including shipping to the continental U.S.