Here's a quick preview of what's currently in my stable.
Right now I have three bikes - Virgil, Shadow, and Bullett - and one on the way. The bikes all have names. I don't really know why, I've never named my cars or anything else I've owned. I suppose I have a closer more personal attachment to the steeds in my stable and their names emphasize that relationship. Virgil is the commuter, Shadow - which is for sale by the way - is the CX race bike, and Bullet is the full suspension 29er race bike. The custom Ti gravel racer will be named at some point after it arrives.

To be named after a few rides...

This is the custom build I've been describing on the blog. It's purpose built for gravel racing. It won't have a name till I ride it for a while. 
  • Frame: Custom Ti Mosaic
  • Fork: ENVE Disc CX 
  • Headset: Chris King Inset Black 
  • Crank: SRAM Force 170 34/50
  • Pedals: XTR 980
  • Chain: Dura-Ace
  • Front Der: SRAM Force clamp
  • Rear Der: SRAM Force
  • Shifters: SRAM Red
  • Brakes: Avid BB7
  • Rotors: KCNC Razor 160 front, 140 rear
  • Wheels (not in this image)
    • Tires: Kenda Small Block 8, 35c
    • Rims: Enve 29er XC 2012
    • Hubs: Tune King/Kong
    • Spokes: Sapim CX-Ray
  • Seat mast topper: KCNC Majestic
  • Saddle: Fizik Arione Versus
  • Stem: 3T ARX Black 90 
  • Handlebar: FSA Wing Pro 42
  • Bar Wrap: Fizik
  • Cages: 2 x Titanium, 1x Salsa Nickless (better holding power for underneath)
  • Computer: Garmin Edge 500
  • Light: Lezyne Super Drive 


Virgil is my 2010 Salsa Vaya. I got Virgil as a commuter just before leaving PDX. I love the brown and blue of the paint on this year. The metallic brown looks for all the world like root beer to me. Since the best root beer in the world is Virgil's the name became obvious.  
  • Frame: Salsa Vaya, 55cm 2010
  • Fork: Salsa Vaya
  • Crank: Shimano FC-4550-S Compact Double 34/50
  • Pedals: MKS Lambda (AKA Grip King)
  • Chain: Shimano HG-53
  • Cassette: Shimano 9 speed 11-32
  • Rear Der: Shimano LX mid-cage (9 speed)
  • Front Der: Shimano Tiagra double
  • Shifters: Shimano Tiagra
  • Brakes: Avid BB5
  • Rotors: Avid Roundagon
  • Wheels
    • Tires: Continental Tour Ride
    • Rims: Front Velocity Arrowhead /Rear DT 470
    • Hubs: Front Shimano Alfine Dynamo/ Rear Focus
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite Zero
  • Saddle: Fizik Nisene
  • Stem: Thomson X2 100x17 deg
  • Handlebar: Canondale (copy of FSA Wing pro compact, but in gunmetal blue)
  • Wrap: Salsa
  • Cages: Salsa Nickless Cage 
  • Other: Crane Bell, Salsa Halter top levers


Bullett is the full suspension 29er I ride. This ride was my main focus in 2010 as I prepped for the High Cascades 100. It's an incredible race that I highly recommend. In 2010 it was 106 miles, 80% or more on singletrack, and the best support I've ever had - food, heed, gel, nutella, potato chips (the former two making most heavenly thing in the world 80 miles in!), mechanical support - it was awesome! The volunteers were so enthusiastic and amazing I was blown away. Bullett is polished aluminum however there reference is not to any silver bullet (one t) but to the 1968 film of the same name. Bullett has one of the classic car chase scenes in all film. The lead character was both cool and fast; so is this bike. 
  • Frame: Giant Anthem X-29 1
  • Fork: Fox F29 with FIT
  • Rear shock: Fox RP23
  • Crank: XT
  • Pedals: XTR
  • Chain: Shimano
  • Cassette: 
  • Rear Der: XT
  • Front Der: XT
  • Shifters: XT
  • Brakes: Avid Elixir CR
  • Rotors: Avid Hyper-X 185/160
  • Wheels
    • Tires: Conti Mtn King 2.2 (or Race King)
    • Rims: Stan's Crest
    • Hubs: Front = giant/Rear = DT Swiss 350
    • Spokes: DT Swiss Supercomp
  • Seatpost: Easton EC90
  • Saddle: Fizik Gobi
  • Stem: Giant Contact
  • Handlebar: Easton Haven Carbon
  • Grips: Ergon
  • Cage: Blackburn stainless
  • Computer: Garmin Edge 500
  • Other:

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