Harvey Cycle Works S&S Rapha Continental bike

I love bikes. I can find something to like about almost any bicycle. Here are the bikes in my personal fleet. They're a constantly changing collection of bikes, most of them a bit weird. I'm a tinkerer by nature, but not a wholesale adopter of the latest, greatest. I ride road (where my cycling began when I was 12 years old), dirt/gravel road, and love to mountain bike. I'm no shredder. Long days in the saddle are my usual priority. With all that in mind, here is the first installment:

Harvey Cycle Works S&S Rapha Continental bike

 photo credit: Brad Kaminski, VeloNews Photo Editor

photo credit: Brad Kaminski, VeloNews Photo Editor

Kevin Harvey, a longtime friend from my home state of Indiana, built me this bike in 2011 when I worked at VeloNews. I was a temporary member of Rapha's Continental team and we rode the US Pro Challenge route in Colorado that year. I built the bike late in the process and climbed aboard for only the second or third time to start the ride only a day after flying home from my first Dirty Kanza 200. To say I was shattered is an understatement. Pictured above is its first build and as I used it for the Continental. 

Since then, it has served as a test bed bike and a great travel companion. It's seen duty in Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Belgium, France (where I got to ride hot laps on the Roubaix Velodrome with James Huang) and all over the U.S. I did Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington on it and took it to several races when I was covering tech. It was also used as a baseline for aero bike testing at the A2 tunnel for a VeloNews article. It's a well-traveled bike that has never let me down. 

 On the A2 Wind Tunnel balance

On the A2 Wind Tunnel balance

 Another iteration, testing SRAM's then new Red group and Shimano C35 tubulars

Another iteration, testing SRAM's then new Red group and Shimano C35 tubulars

 Drying out after a rainy day in Germany and Switzerland. Rode with Lennard Zinn and Morgan Nicol from Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany to Lugano, Switzerland over the course of a few days.

Drying out after a rainy day in Germany and Switzerland. Rode with Lennard Zinn and Morgan Nicol from Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany to Lugano, Switzerland over the course of a few days.

 Heading up Pikes Peak on a chilly day in 2012. Photo credit: Chris Case

Heading up Pikes Peak on a chilly day in 2012. Photo credit: Chris Case