Hello bike riders, I hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep, I know I did. I am excited to share with you that the search for my “winter” bike has come to an end. I shared with you 3 potential candidates on the BikeCommuters.com Facebook page; one folding bike and two single speed bikes.
Candidate #1 was a KHS Flite 200. We reviewed this bike back in 2008 and I doubt that it has changed much. The bike was $50 over my budget so I decided to wait.
Candidate #2 was an Origami Full suspension folding bike. At $220 was just a tad over my budget but I like this bike a lot. This bike sold right before I contacted the seller.
Candidate #3 was a fully decked out State bike. This bike had it all; fenders, baskets, bell and a coaster brake. I am not a fan of coaster brakes so I decided to move on.
As I kept looking for my winter bike, I stumbled upon an ad that was selling a singlespeed/Fixed gear bike for $100.00. I contacted the seller for more details regarding the brand but he could not tell me what kind of bike it was but the frame was in like new condition. I was intrigued. Since the seller was close to my work, I decided to meet with him to check out the bike. The bike was basically a full blown mutt. Brandless frame, Redline wheels, SDG saddle, raceface seatpost, Shimano exage crankset and brakes, easton stem, ITM handlebar and Crane creek brake levers. Oh, it also had a carbon fiber fork. So yeah, I bought the fucking thing, it had a carbon fiber fork!!!
Now, if you saw the pictures of this bike on Instagram or Facebook, you make have noticed that it had stickers on it:
What the hell is an Awnry Jackson? Well, if you have not googled it yet, here is the story from a blog post on MtnBikeRiders.com:
Introducing: AWNRY Bikes N’ Stuff
March 29, 2010 – Main, Mountain Biking
Fullerton, CA, March 29, 2010 –(PR.com)– RL Policar and Moises (Moe) Ramirez have launched AWNRY Bikes N’ Stuff. “Moe and I have wanted to do this for a long time.” Policar stated. The famous blogging duo originally founded 2 very popular websites, MtnBikeRiders.com and BikeCommuters.com. Ramirez said, “When we got into the bike media business, the whole idea of becoming our own bicycle brand really intrigued us.”
Though mountain biking is in the heart of Ramirez and Policar, they’ve also launched the AWNRY-Jackson. This is the hipster friendly single speed or fixed frame. The Jackson only comes in black. Ramirez stated, “once you go black, you never go back.”
-4130 chromoly frame and fork
-Horizontal dropouts to easily adjust chain tension
-Accepts 1 1/8″ headset, 27.2mm post and 68mm BB
-Handles up to 700 x 38c tire
-Front fork and seatstay bridge are drilled to accept brakes in case you decide to add them
Yes friends, I am living my dream of having my own brand of bikes for $115 (the rear wheel needed a spoke). I also had a bunch of decent parts on my parts bin that I added to the Awnry Jackson: Carbon Fiber ITM handlebars, Paul brake lever, Panasonic Tires from Wabi Bicycles, Selle Italia saddle and Crank brothers pedals.
What is next for the Awnry Jackson? Get decent decals made, I suck at cutting them by hand. I will also experiment with more reflective materials since I will be riding this bike a night.
Stay tuned for Part 2.