Wayne, a local Idyllwild fixture, truly earned his new machine.
It’s a special John Henry, not only decked out with great components, but made with a little extra love. Wayne put in his time with the City of Hemet, made a career working for the public driving a trash truck. When the big retirement day came, he decided he’d earned a new bike.
We talked over options (we own a bike shop now, btw) but he insisted, he wanted the best.
Wayne decided to go down the rabbit hole with the three things he had be opposed to in the past:
29″ wheels, singlespeed, and hardtail.
So much so, in fact, that he explicitly had me remove the “standard” cable stops on the top tube for derailleurs. Ditto for the multigear rear wheel I’d originally suggested.
We went all out with a Homebrewed Components drivetrain, NoTubes wheelset, Magura MT-4 brakes and a Fox Float 29 FIT fork. We rounded out the package with a Thomson cockpit and a set of Soma Clarence bars.
Wayne has been spending the early days of his retirement outside, playing some golf, riding his bike in unseasonably warm winter weather, and experiencing the steep learning curve of singlespeeding. He’s expressed his dedication to figuring out the way of the 1-gear ride, and I’m guessing he wouldn’t have it any other way.