I was in need of a lock up bike. Something simple, low maintenance, fun to ride, and cheap. I did not want something too flashy, bike thefts are going up around these parts, and I wanted my lock up bike, to stay, locked up.
My goal was to not upgrade anything, but I couldn’t help myself, and tossed on a stronger pair of metal platform pedals, two bolt seat post, and Bontrager Evoke saddle. Aside from my little changes, I also modified the fender a bit. Cut off some of the front of it so it does not rattle up against the chain ring. Easy peasy. Done.
|Trek Bike Earl. ABUS Futura. Side view. (lock not included)|
|Chain guard. Boom. With a slight modification.|
Off on the maiden voyage we go…
What a fun bike to ride!
Just push pedals, and enjoy your ride.
One gear leaves no thinking about shifting. Easy riding geometry with a rise bar, reminds me of big bmx bike. The only things I am going to change after the first ride is add fatter tires and a slightly easier pedal gear ratio. I would like more cushion in my rubber, and be able to accelerate easier off of objects or jumps.
That night when I got home, I welcomed Earl home properly, by using the built in bottle opener.
|Trek Earl sports a built in bottle opener.|
Tossed my lock on the frame, and took Mr. Earl to the grocery store last night. No special bike gear required.
|Built in place to store your lock and open your beverage of choice.|
|Earl locked up.|
Here are some more pictures of my sweet Trek Earl.
Here is some technical stuff about Earl you may want to know.
Frame – Trek chromoly, with double top tube that holds U-locks and has a built-in bottle opener
Fork – Trek steel
Rims/Wheels – Bontrager aluminum
Hubs – Aluminum, sealed bearing ( actually, they are not sealed bearings, the spec is off.)
Tires – Bontrager H2, 700 x 28c
Crankset – Aluminum 3-piece
Chainrings – 44T
Rear Cogs – 17T freewheel
Handlebars – Steel
Tape/Grips – Kraton flanged BMX
Stem – Bontrager
Brake Levers – Tektro aluminum
Brakes – Tektro dual-pivot
Pedals – Nylon platform
Saddle – Earl BMX style
Seatpost – Steel
Updates and Further Review of my new Trek Earl:
0 Degrees and Riding / My New Trek Earl