I’d been keeping my eye out for a rigid all steel bike with disc brakes for awhile when I ran into this piece of weirdness on FaceBook marketplace. It took me another 3 weeks to land the deal, because it was an hour and a half away and the sellers were their own brand of weirdness. I’m thinking of naming him Whitey, because it is white, I’ve always been a fan of Leave It To Beaver, I am not politically correct, and Whitey is fun to say. Whitey Whitey Whitey

What Whitey is, is a Burley Runabout. A single bike, made for just a few years, by a bike manufacturer know for Tandems and Trailers. And the company is also known for doing things their way rather than supplying something from the standard mold. And doing things their way means stuff like a steel rigid bike with disc brakes made a dozen years ago, lots of Ritchey components, Shimano 105 road derailleur on a mountainish bike, a huuuge chainring set, custom rack, eccentric bottom bracket, and the list goes on.

Having sat out in the weather for quite some time, there is lots of damage, but with quality bones most of the damage is cosmetic or fixable with some aggressive maintenance.

Look for some rides to feature Whitey in the not too distant future I hope.

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Poor as my writing might be, I still like to write. I’ve written a blog or two in the past, but at one point or another they each became a chore rather than a joyful pastime. C.S. Lewis said, regarding writing, “Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.” I will be following Lewis’ advice so this blog, which bears my name, will remain a joyful pastime. Hope you like bikes.

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  1. Lakes Loop – Garin's Blog

    […] to hit the summit just keep on going.  It’ll get really steep, unrideable with my gearing.  Whitey has a triple chainring up front, but street gearing in the rear, so I did a little pushing.  The […]

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