The New Ride

I’ve been rid­ing the same bro­ken-down GT fix­ie that I bought on Craigslist in 2004. Nine years is a good life for a city bike. And it nev­er real­ly fit me any­way. With the slight­ly longer com­mute that came with my new job and house sit­u­a­tion, it was final­ly time to upgrade to a win­ter-capa­ble com­muter bike that could sup­port all my weird require­ments:

  • Lugs for racks and fend­ers (I want a front basket–more on this lat­er!)
  • A way to car­ry a choco­late malt on the go (Pos­si­bly not in the win­ter.)
  • Clear­ance for wider 700c tires (to absorb the pot­holes) and stud­ded win­ter tires
  • A guard to keep my pant leg from get­ting greasy or snagged
  • At least one disc brake for stop­ping pow­er in dirty, wet con­di­tions
  • Main­te­nance-free belt dri­ve tech­nol­o­gy from the future!

Since I was look­ing for a most­ly off-the-shelf solu­tion, this list nar­rowed my options down to basi­cal­ly one bike, the Spot Wazee, which arrived Sat­ur­day. I got mine through Bel­mont Wheel­works, Spot’s unof­fi­cial non-deal­er in the Boston area.


Yeah, it’s great!


The frame is made in Tai­wan, but it still has some nice touch­es that are usu­al­ly found only on US-made bikes, like this brake bridge detail:


The rear hub is fair­ly heavy but it shifts like a dream. This is my first inter­nal­ly-geared hub and I’m impressed.


The Gates Car­bon Dri­ve is real­ly well made. At low speeds it is less effi­cient than a chain, but the dif­fer­ence is hard­ly notice­able. It’s qui­et and smooth. And clean to the touch!



  1. Adrian November 26, 2013

    Still sweet!

  2. biketowork June 18, 2015

    It would be nice if you had an update post on how the Wazee has treat­ed you as a dai­ly ride. Is it as smooth a ride as you expect­ed? How has it treat­ed you in the win­ter weath­er? Has it been main­te­nance free?

  3. Scott June 18, 2015

    I’m hap­py to say that I’ve been rid­ing it near­ly every day since I wrote this post and the bike has been per­form­ing admirably. Since tak­ing these pho­tos, I have added a set of Sykes wood fenders–and that’s about it. The bike eas­i­ly fits a set of stud­ded tires and han­dles the Boston win­ters with aplomb.

    My only prob­lems so far have been a bro­ken spoke–not uncom­mon for machine-built wheels such as these–and a very creaky bot­tom brack­et that prob­a­bly needs to be replaced with a high­er-qual­i­ty part.

    The bike is beau­ti­ful and reli­able and still attracts plen­ty of ques­tions from the bike-curi­ous.

  4. Jack May 11, 2016

    I dig the bike.
    I’m look­ing at buy­ing this exact one…I’m curi­ous though, how fat can the tires get?
    Any con­sid­er­a­tion is most appre­ci­at­ed.

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