What kind of bike do you dream about? Is it made of carbon? Does it weigh less than a bag of kittens and come with the promise of KOMs and eternal tailwinds? I’m as keen on the latest and greatest as any of you – the stuff of my daydreams is shiny and expensive; it’s exotic and exclusive. But at the same time, I take great pleasure in the simple things.
There’s a lot to love about a basic, functional bike that just does its job with a minimum of gimmickry, and which you’ve tailored to your needs. In that spirit, meet my On-One Pompino, the hackiest of hacks from Hackistan, my do-everything ride-about-town fixed gear* from when I lived in Edinburgh.
*”Fixie” if you’re under 35 and wear hats indoors, “fixed wheel” if you’re over 60 and have skin like a well-worn Brooks.
My On-One Pompino, 70 gear inches of iron oxide and love
In God we rust
I bought this bike secondhand from a man on a cycling forum a few years ago. Its principal selling points were cheapness, and the fact that it had a relatively desirable rear hub, a pricey double-fixed Goldtec that in the mind of a relatively recent convert to cycling conferred instant street cred. I was naive like that.
- Weight: I really don’t care
- Frame: On One Pompino DN6 cro-moly with copious rust
- Fork: ancient Lemond carbon-legged thing that the previous owner got from a bike shop’s box of old crap
- Brake levers: Shimano R600 – second-hand
- Front brake: Shimano 105 from the Scott Addict which I bought, stripped, and fitted with a Campagnolo groupset
- Rear brake: NONE, because I don’t work for The Man
- Cranks: Shimano 105 FC-5500, 48t chainring of unknown origin which a man on the internet said was 3/32in but which turned out to be 1/8in, forcing me to buy another chain
- Pedals: Gumtree Shimano XTR which I swapped in for photos because I was embarrassed about the M324 combination pedals I had fitted in case I needed to wear civilian shoes
- Chain: KMC 1/8in single speed
- Cog: 18t 3/32in
- Front wheel: Mavic Open Pro CD rim, XTR M95 hub
- Rear wheel: Mavic Open Pro, Goldtec fixed hub
- Saddle: Scott from aforementioned Addict
- Bars: ditto, wrapped in slightly abraded Deda Mistral tape
- Tyres: Continental Ultra Sport 23mm scrounged from one of my bike shop employers
- Rack: Second-hand Bor Yueh
- Mudguard: SKS P35 Chromoplastic
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