Kevin’s Evergreen SL

This is Kevin’s Evergreen SL, a bike we built with the good folks at Spin City Cycles in Decatur, IL. We had built him and his wife a tandem previously.

This bike features a red, black and bare Ti Dart paint scheme and matching silver Chris King headset and Alloy Ride wheelset.

Kevin sent this, and the following note, below, just this week:

Seven,

The bike is here and it is gorgeous. I went for my first ride this morning and I wanted to tell you it feels EXACTLY right. You absolutely achieved my somewhat paradoxical request for a fast efficient bike fitting wide tires with fenders, kickstand too! It’s amazing just how lively it is, I’m definitely another happy customer. Some gratuitous pictures attached.

Thanks again,

Kevin

Jim H’s Evergreen SL

Another nice note from another happy Seven rider. This is Jim’s Evergreen SL with Goldfish pointed panels, and thru-axle front and rear. We never get tired of this, getting notes from our riders. It keeps us connected, every day, to what is great about bike building.

Hi Seven,

Wanted to follow up with a couple pictures of my Evergreen.  It is an amazing bike.  Wonderful to ride and the fit is perfect.  First ride together and I was in love.  Looking forward to my new Evergreen relationship!

Thank you for all your help pulling this together for me.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Grateful,

Jim H

Seven on the Stelvio

We had these photos and message from John P in our inbox this week.

Hi Seven,

Since my last email I’ve done a second trip with my Airheart, this time to Italy (Monte Grappa and the Stelvio Pass) and France (Alpe d’Huez). As with my Maui experience the Airheart performed flawlessly and turned a few heads as ‘coupled’ travel bikes are known but rarely seen.

I’ve added a few pics from my Stelvio ride…

Sincerely,

John P

First Snow

Our good friends, just up the road at the Ride Studio Cafe, have developed a tradition. When the first snow flies, they flock together and ride. In the cold weeks at the beginning of winter, their social media feed comes alive with messages parsing the forecast, weighing the likelihood of snow. The first flakes seldom fall in measurable inches. The season usually eases us in with a charming threadbare blanket.

Your forget what this is like, the downy, white floating down, your tires crunching over the white crust, everyone peering around at each other, smiling. The snow gets caught in your hair and sometimes in your eyelashes and on the tip of your nose. Traction, you find, is not too challenging. You go slowly, but not so slowly that a broad grin doesn’t affix itself and linger.

There is a real value in this tradition, we think. Winter can be chastening for cyclists. Many will hang their bike in the rafters and pull it down again in the spring. This seems a shame, though we understand that colder temperatures aren’t for everyone.

The bike is an ideal way to see the beauty that is all around us. The bike will take us places our feet might be more reluctant to go. We can cover more ground on two wheels.

And all the places we’ve ridden during the year are changed. The leaves are down and the winter birds flit from naked branch to naked branch. Browns hue into the picture, the tall grasses gone rusty as their roots burrow for warmth.

The best way to ride through a New England winter is to begin at the beginning, and then go on from there. The first snow, like a season starting over, just outside our doors.

CG’s Mudhoney PRO

Another beautiful build from our friends at Cascade Bicycle Studio, this is CG’s Mudhoney PRO.

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Zac at CBS says:

CG wanted a disc platform that could be raced during the cross season, and used for gravel events in the spring.   He went all in with a power meter, Enve M50 wheels, and Campagnolo Super Record. 

More photos on the CBS website.