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Man, it is a FBM weekend around here at the Roots.

Here’s my latest build. Yep, its single speed, 39/16 gearing in the back. So smooth and fun to roll on, and built with a BMX flair and BMX parts I had around.

FBM Sword 58cm frame
Giant forkĀ 
Swobo seat
Swobo post

Profile seatpost clamp
Easton low rise mtb bars
Fly Ruben Alcantara grips (of course!)
No name stem
Weinmann DP18 rims
Formula sealed hubs
Serfas tires
39T Tree sprocket
16T BMX freewheel
White chain

Spurnic 175mm cranks
Wellgo pedals (switching to Odyssey)
Odyssey lever
Shimano front brake
Simple cable

Ride to the record store tonight and loved bombing the hill. No the ride up, well, I was cursing, Yosimitie Sam style.

For those of you in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to check out Revolution Cycles. They’re in my neighborhood, and hooked me up with the wheels, tires, bars, chain and some last-minute necessities. They’re big supporters of the BMX scene around here.


24? Quadangle Looptail from SE Bikes

Okay, here it is – I’m gonna lay it out for you. Cruisers are the new black, and bike manufacturers seem to be getting the drift – or is it making the drift? This is about the fourth post I’ve made in the past month about a cruiser.

For today’s rider – when you’re not feeling it riding your slammed seat, brakeless bike across town to enjoy a beer, you might want an alternative.

For the older guys – when you don’t want to tear up your childhood dream bike, and you need something to ride to shave off the beer belly, (I’m speaking from intimate knowledge here) it is rad to ride something roomy.

So, maybe I’m stretching it a bit by thinking that your beer bike is this limited-edition Quadangle Looptail from SE, but it is damn clean looking, and would be a classy way to roll. I think the chrome rims are what do it for me, personally.

Here are some specs from Todd Lyons at SE:

  • Limited Edition Retro Cr-Mo Double Downtube Quadangle Frame w/ Looptail Rear End & Retro Dropouts
  • Chrome Alex Double Wall DM24 Rims
  • SE 3-pc 48-Spline CR-MO Cranks
  • Retro Blitz Seat w/ Bottle Opener
  • Fluted Seatpost
  • Quadangle Padset & Grip Donuts Included

Only 250 will be available in the US, so get a hold of your SE dealer now if you want one.

Related:
MacNeil Cruisers Coming Soon
Smitten with the Big Wheels
Knight Cruiser

Black MacNeil Cruiser

Black and Orange Macneil Cruiser. Photo courtesy of the Defgrip Photostream

Just perusing Defgrip, and saw what appeared to be a clean-looking cruiser on their Random Photo feed. Sure enough, it linked me to the DefGrip photostream, and viola – a couple of shots of the new MacNeil cruisers. Harrison Boyce (Defgrip contributor and MacNeil Art Director) says that they’ll have them at Interbike, which starts this week, and that they’ll be available for purchase, soon. More specs as they come available.

MacNeil BMX Cruiser - White
White Macneil Cruiser. Do I see a big-ol’ gusset? Nice. Photo courtesy of the Defgrip Photostream

Look for a site for the cruisers off of the MacNeil site soon. Oh, and while you’re at the MacNeil site, check out Travis Collier’s new frame. It is a very traditional looking flatland frame that’s meant to be ridden on most-any terrain. Simple and clean, without flatland-specific geometry that limits the use of the bike.