We’ve had quite a few singlespeeds submitted for this slot. We blame ourselves – we did, after all, kick off this particular run of Member’s Machinery with editor Mike’s own one-geared wonder. But they’ve got to be a bit more special than just having one chainring/sprocket combination, and Sheldon Attwood’s Spot Brand SS certainly fits the bill.
Sheldon’s had a few goes at the whole singlespeed thing – “the first and second failed with putting gears back on,” he says. It was third time lucky, though. A Santa Cruz Chameleon showed him something about singlespeeding that he liked, but just as things were looking up a car came round a bend on the wrong side of the road and hit Sheldon and bike head on. Thankfully he wasn’t too badly hurt, but the bike bought it.
So, a new frame was needed. The Spot came up second-hand, complete with “John Deere green” paint job. Sheldon didn’t like the colour but liked what was underneath it, so a deal was struck. And as soon as he got his hands on it it was off to Argos Cycles in Bristol for a spangly new ‘do.
“I knew that Argos wouldn’t let me down on a paint job. Two weeks later they proved me right!” says Sheldon. He’s not kidding, either – the pearlescent white with electric blue flames and a pink fade is really rather fine (it’s the same pearlescent white as Mike’s Kilauea, trivia fans…). The finishing touches were the custom sterling silver head and seat tube badges made by Jen Green.
With the chassis sorted out, it was time to build up the bike. And in keeping with the shinyness of the frame, the parts are certainly leaning towards the high-end. Up front there’s a RockShox Reba World Cup – that’s the carbon crown model. They’re white anyway, but this one’s been resprayed in the same pearlescent white as the frame.
There’s not much to a singlespeed transmission, but what there is here is suitably blingy. Blue (what else?) Chris King SS hubs carry Mavic 717 rims (and even colour-matched Panaracer Fire tyres). Chainring and sprocket are both Boone titanium items, with the chainring carried on a Race Face Atlas crankset. Eggbeater Twin Ti pedals sit at the other end of the arms.
The headset is also a Chris King. Finishing kit is Thomson stem and seatpost with Easton CNT carbon bars. Bringing it all to a halt are Hope Mono Minis, which also have some touches of blueness – bore caps, reservoir caps, levers and even the Goodridge hoses.
“It hasn’t been cheap to build,” comments Sheldon (no kidding…), “but its worth every penny – it rides like a dream.” Total weight is a scant 20lb. We like this bike – it’s easy to overdo the whole colour-matching thing, but Sheldon’s Spot successfully treads the fine line. Lovely.