I finally got a chance today to take some proper shots of my new ride, an IRO Mark V. I’m riding this bike exclusively now, and getting back on a bike with a freewheel is already very disconcerting to me. Enjoy!

38 cm touring drops flipped and cut

17t on the rear, 46t on the front

I’m in love with this bike. I knew some people preferred steel frames to aluminum, but now I can see why. It doesn’t make much of a difference with big tires or shocks, and even less when you can stand on your cranks for the bumps, but with 700c 23 tires and without the option to coast over the bumps, I am grateful to be riding steel. A bike like this with an aluminum frame feels jittery.

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0 thoughts on “My IRO”

  1. RL Policar says:

    She’s a beaut! Nick, are able to stop without the brakes?

    I found that I am still learning it. Well, hurting my hamie while trying to slow didn’t help. So I’ve been off the bike for a week now. But once I’m gud and healed, I’ll be on the RedLine again.

  2. Nick says:

    Riding without the brake, I have to think much further ahead. I can bring myself to a stop without the brake easily, but I have to slow my speed much more gradually. Usually, I find myself regulating my speed with the pedals and using the brake when I need to stop. It does take a while to get the feel for resisting the motion of the pedals – I recommend you find a long downhill and try to keep a constant slow speed the whole way, which requires you to resist the pedals constantly. The Queensboro bridge was where I really got the feeling of it.

    I think the only way to really get the hang of the fixed gear is to use it for two weeks straight, forgoing the freewheel until it clicks. And it does click – I was very apprehensive on the IRO at first, but after a week or so, I had adapted my riding style to the bike. I still haven’t installed a speedometer to check my speed, but I’m still passing the guys in cyclist costumes and getting to work on time.

  3. Moe says:

    I want one….

  4. Alberto says:

    Sweet, sweet bike!

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