The time has come to jump into my Dream Bike Project, the design and build of a new Seven Cycles Evergreen SLX! As I had indicated in an earlier blog post (“My New Seven“), I spent most of the summer being lazy & drinking beer. The obvious result was a beer belly and lack of fitness. But I looked at myself in the mirror and realized it was time to get back at it. I generally need a carrot though to accomplish goals. And what better “carrot” than a new bike? And you might as well go big or go home, right? So I decided to go with Seven. I’ve developed a passion for gravel riding & racing over the last couple of years, so Seven’s Evergreen model was the obvious choice. And the SLX edition with it’s ultra-butted titanium tubing gives you lightweight performance and all-day comfort.
So once the decision was made, I needed to ratify it with some hard work. I’ve been riding again for a couple months, and drastically reduced my carb (ok, beer) intake. I’ve dropped over 25 lbs, and am feeling stronger & fitter. So the project begins. And Seven makes the process easy & painless. The 1st step is to fill out the Custom Kit form. This is the outline of who you are, what you ride, how you ride and most importantly, WHAT YOU WANT TO RIDE. Once you get started, the whole Custom Kit form only takes an hour or so to get thru. What really helped speed things up was having Nick use the Retul Wireless Zin tool to measure and save the fit data from my Cannondale CAAD10.
Yes, I have several bikes, but the CAAD10 fits like a glove. So this is the baseline information that I shared with John Lewis, our sales rep at Seven. But it’s only a starting point. The next step will be a discussion with Greg Marchand in the Performance Design Group at Seven. With my Custom Kit form in hand, he’ll be picking my brain a bit more about riding habits and frame design options. What I really like about Seven’s approach is that they also want to know what type of rider you think you’ll be in 5 or 10 years. And that information can also be incorporated into the design, which is important, because this bike will be with me until they pry my dead hands off the bars. Once I chat with Greg, I’ll also have him follow-up with Nick, who can fill-in my big-picture ideas with his technical know-how. Then we’ll get a preliminary frame design. I’ll keep you posted throughout.
I won’t bore you (yet) with my component choices and paint scheme (because I’m not quite sure yet myself). But trust me, this will be one special bike. So special that we want to “name” it. Sort of like a Belgianwerkx Signature Seven Model. Given our shop’s name, should we go with a Belgian theme? Or given the type of riding, should the name be gravel-related? The “Flandrian?” The “Cobbler?” You get the idea. Maybe we’ll have a “Name Bill’s Seven” contest. Anyhow, follow along with me on this epic bike build and feel free to offer input or suggestions. And by all means (we are a bike shop after all), let us know if you’re interested in building YOUR dream bike.