My sister had a birthday earlier this month. During the house party she had to
celebrate the occasion her bike was stolen. This was a huge bummer, but it made
it easy to figure out what to get her for her birthday, and I got to go bike
shopping which is one of my favorite things.
I took her to Mission Bicycle Company the day
after her party and we put in an order for a new bike. I tried to convince her
to do a build similar to my Automatix build (also
from Mission Bicycle) but she wanted gears so we went that route. Her build
ended up with the Shimano Alfine 8-speed internal gear disc hub. We also did the
full Mission Bicycle security package which has
for the saddle and the Pinhead front wheel lock.
Another cool thing about this bike is that normally the shifter that comes with
Alfine hubs can only be mounted on upright 22mm diameter handlebars. Mission
Bicycles actually works with someone who has designed a custom anodized aluminum
shifter that can be mounted on other handlebar sizes. This means you can use
standard 25.4mm handlebars with the Alfine hub. My sister took advantage of this
and went with 25.4mm bullhorn style handlebars which is kind of a unique build
that only Mission Bicycles does as far as I know.
I was also impressed when we got the bike to see that they actually do internal
cable routing for these bikes. This is something that you normally only see on
higher end road bikes, and as someone who loves steel frames I’m happy to see
someone making steel frame bikes this way.
Happy birthday, Larissa!