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.

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Yeah, it’s great!

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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:

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

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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!

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4 Comments

  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.
    Thanks!

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