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Naked Touring in Canada

  July 8, 2015

Sam Whittingham of Naked Bicycles describes this custom steel Globe Trotter as “…a traveling mule designed for classic loaded touring.” It was built for a long-distance trip this summer. “The Buyer has spent many years working for NGOs in Afghanistan and is taking some well-needed time away from his duties to tour across Canada.” The bike is purpose-built for low-maintenance simplicity during long days in the saddle. In addition to the Gates Carbon Drive belt and Rohloff geared hub, it features custom Naked dropouts and a frame split on the seat stay. The belt is tensioned with the Biocentric 2 eccentric bottom bracket from Niner. The fork is integrated with a SON SL generator hub that powers the light and the Cinq Plug USB charger, which supplies energy for a smartphone.

Whittingham has built many beautiful belted bikes over the years including an award winner from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and his personal singlespeed mountain bike, which he trail rides near his home on Quadra Island in British Columbia. nakedbicycles.com

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