I know that Wendy rides easy at times. I’ve been with her when that’s happened. But things always ramp up somewhere along the way. Somehow we end up sprinting to a Stop Ahead sign halfway through a conversation about Indigo Buntings. One second it’s about the bird, the next there’s the flick of an eye and we’re all-out cranking to get to that sign first.
Our rides also tend to go for a lot of miles at a varying pace. I would never use the word slow, but there are moments of truce when we’re able to chat and look around. Then, almost in a sly way, we’re off to the races again.
Her bikes tend to match that personality. She likes a bike that performs well, yet is also comfortable enough for a long day in the saddle; something that handles well, takes some abuse, and is ready when someone prods her to ratchet things up. At the same time she uses this bike for her daily commute to work. It’s a lot to ask of a bike, but the Epic/Everti covers most of these requirements. It’s light, she has it decked out with high quality components, and it handles whatever the dirt roads pitch at it.
The Caldwell’s, both Ben and Wendy, are always messing with their bikes, swapping out parts, changing things around. So, though this is Wendy’s current all-purpose bike, you can be sure that it will go through some changes over time. But as a benchmark, this is a good, balanced setup.
The frame itself is an Everti. As implied in the name, it’s titanium. It’s about as basic looking as titanium gets, with only the head badge as decoration, along with a Team Dirty Girls sticker to add panache. Wendy lives on a dirt road, so she has squatter’s rights on that name.
Some can slap this on the frame for poser effect. Wendy’s dirt road commute makes it real. Plus, it gives her that double entendre aura.
This bike was built when the Canadian Everti company went by the name of Epic. But, since there was a slight conflict with another well known company with a bike known as Epic (hmm…what company would that be?), they were compelled to change the name. They chose Everti, meaning to conquer. Good save. I should mention that this bike once belonged to the inimitable Anne Grofvert, a gifted Michigan-based bike racer and titanium devotee.
Good and Bad
Wendy likes this bike = understatement. “My titanium frame has certainly put up with my constant riding, thrashing, crashing, dirt hammering, commuting, daily needs. I can always change out bars, stems, wheels, tires and such depending on whatever parts come my way. Its ideal.” That’s what she has to say and that’s a happy cyclist on a bike that’s found a good home. Ti has an amazingly long shelf life, so these two may be together for a good while.
I could not figure out this badge design. Everti now has a clear “E” with less of a spaced out on something double-faced, snaggle-toothed, carrot balloon, bad morning after banner look to it. Not knocking it, but whoever did it was reaching for something quite esoteric. Love that Chris King headset.
Titanium frame, Chris King Headset, Mavic Ksyrium rear wheel, FSA carbon cranks, Candy pedals, and Shimano Ultegra derailleurs/levers. Titanium will last a long time. It doesn’t corrode like steel does, yet has similar ride properties. The external Chris King headset should last as long as the frame. The Ksyriums are well-respected and durable wheels. Ultegra is a great workhorse group set.
Frame: Everti Titanium (Originally known as Epic)
“A chemical element with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It has a low density and is a strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant…metal with a silver color.” (Wikipedia)
Fork: True Temper Alpha Q CX fork
Headset: Chris King external
Derailleurs: Shimano Ultegra, front and rear (9-speed)
Brakes: Cantilever Cane Creek SCX-5
Levers: Shimano Ultegra
Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy
Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium rear, Bontrager Race Light front
Spokes: Cross pattern rear, radial front
Tires: Kenda Small Block 8, 32mm
Standard 1-1/8″ headtube
Bottom Bracket: Octalink, FSA carbon pro team issue
Chain Rings: 48 tooth large, 38 tooth small
Saddle: Fi’zi:k Vitesse
Bike weighs 19lbs. +-
The pedals are a platform version of the simpler Crank Brothers Eggbeaters. They’re wonderfully simple and highly effective. They keep you clipped in when you need to be and release your shoe during the unexpected moments of duress.
Talk about mixing the media. Wendy has both a carbon bottle holder and a steel one. On a ti bike! Wires are crossing all over the place with this combo.
This reveals the kid in Wendy. She went right back to childhood with this question. “My thoughts do wander back to the late 70’s & early 80’s days of BMX racing!…my dream bike is any old bmx bike, complete with that sweet velcro number plate and Pro-Tec helmet to wear, just for the heck of it:-)” Flying through the hoop-de-doos with the greatest of ease (and hopefully landing that way as well).
There you have it. The bike that’s survived a daily thrashing at the hands of Wendy, and before her, Anne. If you don’t believe this bike gets used, just check out the condition of that bar tape. It’s like a Labrador retriever that’s bred to work. It’s happiest when it’s out and about. (And yes, bikes do have feelings.)
More bikes of all kinds, with cyclists of all kinds are still to come.