Owner: Jamie Barber
Frame/ Fork: eighth inch scrambler v2. Size large (58cm top tube)
Bars: C-UNiT bars with vans grips. 5 cent piece bar ends
Seatpost: No name seatpost with a turbo saddle
Pedals: Plastic Odyssey flats with BO-Gear ‘Strap-ons’. I have had the same set of strap ons for nearly 2 years. Have only had the 2 sets since I started playing polo nearly 4 years ago.
Cranks: Milwaukee 35t with bashguard and Sugino cranks. I stripped my previous cranks assembling them drunkenly at worlds. Luckily I was able to buy some second hand down at the courts the same day.
Sprocket: piece of shit 22t dicta, seems like I am buying a new one every 3 months or so, should just buy a white industries one.
Brakes: Tektro long pull on the front, my rear is a Campagnolo Mirage I requisitioned from my AIS road bike. I was having a lot of troubles running my front brake with a 26 inch wheel, I was too lazy to fit v-brake mounts, the brakes often rubbed the tyre, causing the side walls to wear. I filed the brake arms a little, now they have a few mm more reach, I still have to shave a bit off the top of my brake pads so that they won’t rub though. Paul dual lever.
Front wheel/tyre: Velocity 26 inch, 48 spoke. CST ‘Traveller’ 1.5 inch tyre. I really like the responsiveness of the 26 inch. I was riding 700c, but one week I had a flat and used a mate’s 26 on the front, I really liked the feel and haven’t gone back.
Rear wheel/tyre: I think it is an Alex rims, not sure of the hub. Brought it brand new 2 years ago off a guy who ‘upgraded’ to an aerospoke. Has stayed true with only truing since I have had it, it only cost 40$.
Why did you choose this bike?
At the time I chose this bike, it was one of the first polo specific bikes in Brisbane. There really wasn’t a lot to choose from. I had read positive reviews from people doing fixed freestyle and polo that they were a good starting frame. I wanted something sturdy but cheap, something I wouldn’t be afraid of having damaged when travelling. They were one of the cheapest bikes available at my local bike store, so I brought one.
How long have you played on this bike for? Have you played on anything else?
I began riding fixed after losing my licence in early 2008. The prime minister at the time was giving everyone free cash. I purchased a Bianchi Pista, which I played on with drops for a while. It was completely impractical and I eventually brought an Avanti Pista for polo and freestyle riding. That bike is still used by rob in Brisbane, super light aluminium with carbon forks and has played in all 4 Australian nationals. I have played on my current bike for maybe 18 months, maybe closer to 2 years.
What are the best things about your bike?
It was cheap. I am not afraid of it breaking. I have been able to travel the world with it. My daily commute takes me across a golf course, I can get some pretty serious air off some of the grass mounds. That is usually the highlight of my day. Some of my best memories took place on that bike; doing the ‘PoloCat’ race before the London Open, riding down to the lake at Worlds in Seattle and the strip club in Adelaide.
What are the worst things about your bike? What would you change?
Part of me really just wants a pretty bike with awesome componentry. Once or twice a week, I go into Gear Brisbane and froth over the custom Colossi that Kristine is putting together. It is the nicest machine I think I have ever seen, but I know I just wreck nice things. The bike is super reliable, I will ride it into the ground.
By Jamie Barber
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