Saturday, July 23, 2016

Chromag Samurai 650b custom build

I have been chatting with Ian Ritz from Chromag for almost a decade before finally pulling the trigger on this sweet new Samurai frame. Chromag still makes a few models in its frame line up in BC, Canada. The Samurai is one of these models. I can tell by the craftsmanship that this is a special piece of work.

The head tube is tapered 44mm to 56mm making it perfect for a Chris King Inset headset.

The head tube forming/butting/junction is impressive.

Some of the parts for this build are lightly used, namely the wheels. Sour apple Chris King hubs laced to Nox Farlow rims using Sapim CX-Ray spokes and polyax alloy nips. I love these wheels and ran them previously on a Santa Cruz Nomad C. 

Full XTR drivetrain with 11-40 cassette and Hope E4 4-piston calipers front and rear.

Here's the build specs:

Chromag Samurai M/L
2015 Fox 36 Float 160mm
Chris King Inset2
Raceface SIXC bars
TLD lock-ons
Chris King ISO disc front 20mm
Chris King ISO disc rear 142x12
Nox Farlow rims
Sapim CX-Ray spokes
Sapim Polyax spoke nipples
Maxxis Ardent 27.5" 2.4
Hope Tech 3 E4 levers and calipers
Hope 203mm floating rotor (front)
Hope 180mm floating rotor (rear)
Thomson stealth dropper
Raceface Turbine Cinch 170mm cranks
Wolftooth 30t cinch chainring
Raceface 73mm bb 30mm
Point1 Podium pedals
XTR 11spd rr shifter
XTR shadow plus rr mech
XTR 11-40 cassette
KMC DLC 11spd chain

If you want to check it out in person, email me

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Merlin Cyrene Titanium Beauty!

We recently took in a classic titanium Merlin Cyrene that has been laser engraved. 

The bike features a complete Shimano DuraAce 10 speed drivetrain except for the FSA crank, Real Design carbon fork, Real Design alloy wheels, Thomson seat post, and Easton Carbon bar. 

This bike is currently for sale, but we're not giving it away. In fact, we don't particularly want to sell it, but if you want it worse than we do, we might let it go :) Call the shop at 877-574-0656 and we can discuss. 

I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Custom Build: Salsa Colassal (Chris King, ENVE, Paul, Soma, & more components!)

A recent custom build from our service department resulted in a modern but comfortable all-day adventure road bike! We started with a Salsa Colossal steel frame and ENVE carbon fork. A Chris King headset provides smooth and predictable steering.

The wheels feature the Legendary Chris King hubs, Sapim CX-Ray spokes, Sapim Polyax alloy nipples, and HED Belgium rims. The wheels were hand-built by local wheel builder and shop affiliate Calvin Stiles of NoGas Wheels

The drivetrain consists of Shimano 105 11 speed shifters, derailleurs, and cassette, 11 speed Ultegra crank, and a nice KMC chain. 

The superb Paul Component Engineering Klamper brakes and SRAM Centerline rotors bring this bike to a stop quickly when needed. 

Thanks to the steel frame, tubular cased Soma Supple Vitesse EX tires, and the Lizard Skins DSP bar tape, this bike will keep you comfortable on short spirited rides as well as all day adventures!

Stop by the shop for a test ride. This bike is for sale - call for pricing. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

2016 Dog Days of Dallas Metric Century Ride

Sunday July 10, 2016

Presented and organized by Gaston County Cyclists and Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop to benefit the Gaston County Senior Centers. 100% of Proceeds go to Gaston County Senior Centers.

Time: 7/10/2016 8:00 am mass start (7:00-7:45 am onsite registration).

Come out and enjoy another great ride, supported by the Gaston County Senior Center and Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop. All proceeds will benefit senior programs and equipment at the Gaston County Senior Center. The Gaston County Cyclists and the Gaston County Senior Center will work together for the third year to make this a very enjoyable ride, with great support along the route and at the aid stations. We are looking forward to another great ride this year. Please come out and enjoy the morning! Rolling hills and back country roads with long stretches of scenic rural Gaston County! A great Sunday ride to cap off the weekend with some nice straights, good climbs, and a lot of cyclist friends to share it with. Come see why a lot of people are heading “over the bridge” to Gaston County for their riding joy! 

Distances: 25 or 46 or 63 mile options. Route HERE on MapMyRide (Dog Days of Dallas 2014 - route will be slightly different to avoid busy roads on last part of the return)

Elevation: ~2600ft (for the 63 mile option)

SAG: Yes

Rest stops: Yes, 2 or 3 depending on route

Cost: $25 prior (via bikereg), $30 day of


Food: Yes - catered by Lily's Italian Bistro.

FLYER: please print or email to those that may be interested HERE

Parking: At the Gaston County Senior Center (plenty of free parking)

Please note that course support ends at 1:00 pm. All cyclists should complete their rides by 1:00 pm.

Location: Dallas Senior Center. 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC 28034 (approximately 25 minutes from downtown Charlotte) Link: HERE Approximately two miles North of Gastonia, N.C. on US321. Exit onto Hwy 279 W (Dallas / Cherryville exit) toward Cherryville. The Senior Center is on the left just beyond the fast food restaurants (appx 20 min from Charlotte).

Gaston County Cyclists is a 501c3 non-profit -- 100% volunteerism!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Schwinn Suburban Restomod Project

We recently had the pleasure of working on a unique restomod bicycle project. The customer did a lot of work on this bike and then brought it to us for some finishing touches and functionality upgrades. His goal for this project was to create a very functional urban commuter, cruiser, and bar bike with a classic look and modern functionality. 

Local wheel builder and shop affiliate Calvin Stiles of NoGas Wheels built a new wheelset to meet the specifications of the customer.

The rear wheel features a Sturmey-Archer 8 speed internal hub, Wheelsmith DB 14 black spokes, and Sapim Polyax 14mm brass nipples laced to a Sun CR18 27x1 1/4 rim. 

The front wheel is not something we see or build very often! The requested hub is a Schmidt-Son 28 generator hub, Wheelsmith DB 14 black spokes, and Sapim Polyax 14mm brass nipples also laced to a Sun CR18 27x1 1/4 rim. 

Lighting was covered by Busch & Muller. Front light was a Luxos U and the rear fender-mounted light was the Secula. I spent a fair amount of time working to make clean runs on the wiring. I left a loop of extra wire that could be shortened and cleaned up once the customer finalized his handle bar position, etc. 

We also performed a few other upgrades while the bike was in the shop. Most notable was converting the bottom bracket to a sealed cartridge square taper assembly and a new, lighter crank. 

- Before Pictures -

- After Pictures -


Monday, May 23, 2016

Let us bring your memories back to life! We repair all makes and models of bicycles in Gastonia.

We service all makes and models of bicycles!

Earlier this spring a customer brought an older Sears bike to us. It was dirty and needed some maintenance and work to get it rolling again. This bike belongs to his wife and had sentimental value to her. We replaced all rubber parts, brake cables, fabricated a shift cable for the Sachs Dreigang 3 speed hub, and did a lot of cleaning! This project turned out very nice. 

Do you have a favorite bike that needs some love? Bring it to the shop and lets talk. Conversations and estimates are free. :)