Amy's Vanilla Commuter

Amy lives in Vermont and has a 20-miles commute to her job as a teacher for inmates at a state prison. This bicycle will be her daily companion for that commute as well as some light touring on the weekends, and everything in between. She will discover little details  about her new commuter for years to come. 

Sacha fabricated a custom bar/stem combo with integrated braking. A mini head badge, filled with red, accenting the bar. The custom bend matches the bend of the riders wrists so they won't feel twisted in or out when riding which means less fatigue. 

Just below the bars sits a Schmidt dynamo driven Super Nova LED lamp mounted to the fender with a custom bracket of our own design. All of the wiring is run internally to keep it clean both in look and function. 

Sacha employed an integrated seat mast for ease in connecting the rear lamp, custom mounted under the Brooks saddle, to the power supply.

A frame mounted pump, fenders and rear rack are all necessities for any commuter, of course. 

Amy liked the clean, modern look of the Speedvagen machines. Sacha chose to use the Speedvagen seat stays to hug the rear fender and swoop gently into a pair of stainless steel Vanilla dropouts on this fillet brazed frame. Minimal branding, on the bars and chain stay, carry that sentiment to the rest of the bike. 

Photographed by Bob Huff. 

Posted on October 8, 2014 .