1983 Cyclops Road with Shimano Sante

Photos taken for City Cyclery. Photos and words by Bradd Bezaire.

"Without hesitation, we can say this bicycle is a stunning example of Canadian cycling heritage. The Cyclops brand is well known for its meticulous paint jobs and selection of premium tube sets, often mixing and matching different tube sets to accomplish custom ride qualities for different riders.
Cyclops had its origin when Mike Mulholland bought Jocelyn Lovell’s frame building business after he had a tragic collision with a dump truck that left him a quadraplegic. Mulholland himself was a road racer and the majority of his masterpiece bikes were designed and built in Toronto. However he set up shop in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia before moving his operations back to the Niagara region of Ontario. His focus was on road and track frames that at their core were designed to be raced on. Sadly Mike passed away in 2005, and it looks as though the brand died with him.
The part spec on this bike is as interesting and rare as the Cyclops frame. The drive train, brakes, brake levers and down tube shifters are part of the Shimano Sante groupset. You could say that Sante is the missing link between Shimano 600 and Shimano Ultegra. It was also the first 7 speed rear gear set (even before Dura-Ace). All and all this is a beautiful bike."

Addendum: The photos were taken for the City Cyclery blog and online shop to help showcase this classic bike. The bike has since sold to a private collector in Montreal, Quebec.

 

Staycation: Amherstburg up and around to Leamington Solo Bike Tour

Day 1

My ride started out in Amherstburg, I road north on mostly quiet and smooth county roads until I hooked up with the Chrysler Canada Greenway trail. The Greenway is for the most part well taken care of with the added benefit of being sequestered away from vehicular traffic. The only down side is that at a few points it becomes painfully obvious that it used to be railway, but trails are trails so I'll stop complaining, also the fact that I had my supplies in a back pack probably didn't help.

Another nice thing about the Greenway trail is it brings you through and near a lot of nice little towns. It starts out near the southern end of Windsor, makes it's way to McGregor, through Harrow, Kingsville and ends near Ruthven/Leamington. A portion of it at the end was off limits, it appeared as though it was under construction but upon doing a Google map search it appears it's been that way for a few years now. After getting off of the Greenway trail I made my way to Talbot Road/County Road 34. I was surprised out how courteous the drivers in Leamington where, also there was a paved shoulder for a lot of the way into the town core. Ounce I got in the core I became disoriented (I was pretty dehydrated, always bring more water than you'll think you'll need...).

Anyway after taking a little break and finally checking my phone I found my way to a hotel so I could recuperate...It was a good ride but I made some painful mistakes that I'd still be paying for the next day.

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Day 2

The second day started a little late, mostly I was being lazy. Packing all my supplies in a back pack didn't help, I had sore hands, shoulders and buttock...Whenever possible, pack your stuff on the bike. 

I took off on Seacliff Drive, which was a mistake. If you're ever out riding in that area steer clear of this road, it isn't safe unless you want to ride on the shoulder which isn't that great either...From there I made my way back to the Greenway trail, once I hit Harrow I took a little detour onto Dunn Road. I was pleasantly surprised to find a bike lane there that took me all the way to County Road 50. If you're ever looking for a nice spot to take a riding break in the shade there's a little beach at the end of Dunn Road just past where it meets with County Road 50. From there I took County Road 50 back into Amherstburg, it was relatively peaceful with some traffic but no close calls. A good ride, but I learned a few things the hard way...

What I learned

  1. Don't do a bike tour with a back pack: Even if you're packing relatively light like I did on this ride, it will put un-needed weight on your shoulders, hands and butt. Put the extra weight on the bike, you'll be glad you did.
  2. You can never pack too much water: I had two 25oz bottles on the ride. That's not enough, especially in the swampy/humid climate in Southwestern Ontario, and especially if you sweat a lot...which I do. You don't want to be in a position where you're having to ration your water. Next time I'll most likely bring a bike mounted water bladder.
  3. Research your route: For the most part the ride was calm when dealing with traffic. But one short stretch of the ride was on a major arterial road that I wasn't familiar with at all. It was scary as fuck to say the least, the drivers on said road (Seacliff Drive, out in Leamington) was not pleasant. A little bit of extra route research would have helped...

Supplies List

  1. Kona Private Jake
  2. Chrome Citizen Bag
  3. Giro Privateer Shoes
  4. 2 Camelbak Podium Big Chill Insulated 25oz Bottles
  5. A big bag of mixed nuts
  6. Change of clothes, regular walking shoes
  7. Ontario Bicycle Touring Atlas
  8. iPhone, multitool, patch kit, etc.

Jon Carson's upgraded 2014 Kona Sutra

Jon Carson is a pretty serious dude, when he isn't racing road, mountain or cyclocross he's out touring on his 2014 Kona Sutra. After commuting on it for most of the winter he decided it was time to do some upgrades. He replaced the stock Shimano drive train and crankset with Sram Force and X9 parts and replaced the Tektro shifters and brake hoods with Sram Rival. He also replaced the stock wheels with some Roval 29ner wheels he had lying around for a more rugged ride. He topped off the upgrades with a nice Brooks saddle. All in all it's a super nice build so pics had to be taken. Enjoy!