Jul 10 2009
The June century was scheduled for the last day of the month and was tagged “The Great Cargo Bike Century”. Derek has a sweet Utilitarian Transports cargo bike. I have a most beautiful Larry vs. Harry Bullitt cargo bike.
The day before the ride I installed bar-ends, swapped on my clipless pedals, put on an XL stem and installed a cyclometer. Ready to Roll. I did add a few non-essentials for the ride: a couple of pink Flamingos and a cooler with ice, Izzies. San Pelegrinos and a variety of snacks. I called Derek to see if he needed any help getting his UT ready to roll. The Heart of the UT is a Surly One x One (which we had converted to a One x Eight last week (see his new derailleur hanger here). Derek’s response was to state the obvious in the world before the Bullitt: Cargo Bikes are not designed to do a century ride on. He’s on for the ride, but he’s going to pretend that his Surly Cross Check is a Cargo Bike : (
For a moment I panicked thinking that I might be setting myself up for more punishment than I could handle, but after a quick think (2 seconds) I decided I was right on track with the Bullitt as the day’s steed. I thought for another 2 seconds about stripping off the deck from the Bullitt to save weight, but I decided that was silly and then as mentioned I ended up loading a cooler up (how often can I have fresh chilled grapes 80 miles into a century?).
The ride went smoothly and the Bullitt was a joy to be on, even at mile 99. I ended the day with 115 miles and put in a 5 hour day of work after the ride. The Gear range was perfect and the Alfine 8 speed hub shifted flawlessly all day long. The Bullitt is just a sweet riding bike that happens to be capable of carrying 200 pounds of stuff when I’m out and about.
Here’s a video of the great day (possibly the first Bullitt Century ride ever!):
This video is also available at our youtube page: Bullitt Century
See a Video of Derek’s Utilitarian Transports Bike HERE
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