Ah, yes. Winter in Seattle. While it is tempting to trade helmet for car keys, we like to think that riding can STILL be fun this time of year with the proper equipment. Below are three of our favorite Lynskey bikes, built especially for all-weather riding and incredible comfort. Just click on the images to bring up a full sized gallery.
Sportive Disc – Singlespeed build
Forgoing the convenience of gears, this bike was made to reduce the wear of winter on drive train parts, and provide the rider with a bit of workout on Seattle’s hills. Starting with Lynskey’s Sportive Disc frame, the manufacturer was asked to leave off all cable stops, leaving a very clean looking frame.
Drivetrain courtesy of White Industries’ ENO line: crank, BB, freewheel and eccentric rear hub. Wheels built with HED Belgium rims, with stopping power provided by TRP Spyre carbon-armed mechanical disc brakes. 28mm Compass tires are shielded by PDW’s beautiful alloy fenders.
The build is completed with ENVE bits, a Chris King headset, and gutted Campy Ergo brake levers (we are Branford Bike, after all). The road stays illuminated at night thanks to NiteRider’s MiNewt X2 and CherryBomb lights.
Pro Cross custom
Here is another custom Lynskey from our friends in Chattanooga, TN. This Pro Cross features asymmetrical chain stays with a “yoke” plate to offer additional tire clearance, as well as traditional cable routing.
With disc brakes, 650B wheels are an easy option and allow the use of wider, more comfortable tires. Here, Compass Babyshoe Pass 42mm tires are mounted onto HED Belgiums and covered by beautiful Hanjo fenders. The rear wheel is built around a DT Swiss 240 hub, while the front is a SON 28 dynamo hub. This generator hub powers a SON Edelux II headlight, mounted on a custom built steel Igleheart fork and rack with very slick light wire mounts.
Campy Chorus 10 speed drivetrain, White Industries road crankset and ENVE cockpit complete the build.
Lynskey Urbanskey disc, fenders, Chorus, 650b
Titanium is king for long, endurance rides to prevent body fatigue, while still serving as a light, responsive frame material. This stock Lynskey Urbanskey was built up with Campagnolo’s fabulous 2015 Chorus groupset. With updated shift mechs and a crankset that is compatible with both standard and compact chainrings, this group offers some of the best performance in Campy’s history, without breaking the bank.
Rolf Prima’s hand built wheels from Eugene, OR are outfitted with plush 650Bx38 Panaracer tires. Braking is done with TRP’s Spyre mechanical brakes. Disc brakes are unfazed by the wet conditions which render rim brakes hopeless, and are a priority for winter riding. With Spyres,the cable actuates both pads simultaneously, providing better power, even pad wear and preventing rotor deflection compared to other mechanical brakes on the market. SKS full fenders protect the rider from wheel spray throughout the winter.