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This is my own citybike. Tons of photos and info after the jump.

Putting an internally geared hub on a beautiful old road frame is a bit sacrilegious, but I very much wanted a clean, steel citybike and I think this built up well. I built it with nerdy considerations like brass driveside and alloy non-driveside nipples on the rear wheel.

I went with a laid back post to run the seat forward. I like short stems for handling, and a neutral handlebar to keep it fast but not stretched. I’m impressed with the VO pedals so far; they’re quite light and grip very well. The Gran Cru brakes are amazingly stiff, and the levers seem to be Ultegra level and finish cantilever levers. I went long reach in case (god forbid) I ever go with 650B wheels on the bike.

The bike built up to 21.18 lbs, super light for an internally geared citybike.

Specs:
Frame & fork: De Rosa SLX (early 90s)
Headset: Gran Cru polished
Stem: Dura-Ace NOS EX 70mm
Bars: Velo Orange Milan
Grips: ESI Silicone
Brakes: Gran Cru long reach
Levers: Shimano BL-770
Shifter: Alfine-11
Chain: KMC X10SL
Crankset: Ultegra FC-6500 (hand polished)
Bottom bracket: Dura-Ace Octalink
Pedals: Velo Orange Touring
Rims: Mavic Open Pro 32h
Spokes: DT Revolution
Front Hub: Dura-Ace NOS 7400
Rear Hub: Alfine-11 internal
Tires: Veloflex 22c
Saddle: Selle San Marco SLK
Seatpost: Gran Cru



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  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Brian Park, Oak Bay Bicycles. Oak Bay Bicycles said: RT @brianpark4: So I built myself a citybike: http://oakbaybikes.com/de-rosa-citybike-build/ Big pics on Flickr: http://bit.ly/iftbwo [...]

  2. D-rock says:

    Jan 25, 2011

    Outdated small-batch road street frame, with inappropriate, but still pricey parts kit: $3500
    sense of smug accomplishment: priceless

    ps. I’m talking about a Dobermann.

  3. Mike says:

    Feb 15, 2011

    “Putting an internally geared hub on a beautiful old road frame is a bit sacrilegious.”

    Putting it (and whatever other crappy parts you decided to mount) on a De Rosa is a lot sacrilegious. Disgusting.

  4. BikeDoc says:

    Feb 15, 2011

    Reading the original post AND D-Rock’s “outdated” comment is irritating.

  5. Brian @ OBB says:

    Feb 16, 2011

    …you know I listed the specs, so you can hate on them all individually.

  6. Ted Wyshyvanuk says:

    May 8, 2011

    Hi, Brian. Any problem with the distance between the drop outs and the width of the Alfine hub? Beautiful build!! Thanks

  7. Brian @ OBB says:

    May 8, 2011

    Hey Ted, yeah they were definitely tight (probably 126), but that’s why steel is great. No issues.

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