Friday, February 5, 2010
Tedd Wheeler's new race bike
Tedd Wheeler of Reed City, north of Grand Rapids, who has been a regular competitor at Human Powered Race America events the past few years, will be competing this year on a new machine, Gritters No. 11, replacing (mostly) his Easy Racers Javelin.
Builder and fellow racer Rick Gritters of Pella, Iowa, finished Tedd's new bike on Dec. 24 and Tedd plans to race it for the first time at the HPRA Florida Challenge Feb. 20-21 in Canyon City.
The main frame tubes are 1.75 inch chromoly, with the rear chain stays 1.25 x .049. The rear dropouts are 3/16 inch. The front fork is 4130 streamlined tubing, .035 thick, with a 1-inch threaded steerer tube.
Here's some specifications: Wheels/tires, Schwalbe Kojak 20x1.35 rear/16x1.25 front; wheelbase, 45 in.; weight, 26.5 pounds; seat height, 8 inches; bottom bracket height, 15 inches.
Dennis Grelk, another HPV builder/racer from Iowa, machined the 72 tooth chainring. The nine-speed cassette has 11-32 teeth, giving a gear range of 45-131.