Back from Shanghai and finally, mostly over the massive jet lag, I toggled the Modal from single to geared. Despite the f’ing rain, I found that most enjoyable because there’s zen in working quietly on a bike and going out for a ride. It took me about an hour to switch and Mark does it in about 15 minutes.
A few updates:
- Refined the process to just swapping bars; original thinking was a bar/stem combo so I could use a different stem for an urban setup. Now I just pull the faceplate and switch between single-speed bars and geared-bars using one stem.
- With another set of DA cranks, it’s much faster to pull the crank than change out the big chainring for the chainring protector and vice-versa.
- Getting over scratches, dings, and tweaks by rationalizing them as a “travel patina” was a good idea!
Note: The Modal is a travel bike concept that folds and toggles between single, fixed, and geared modes.