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In late August/early September '06, Frank A. Cavaluzzi successfully rode a custom-configured "standing" style mountain bike throughout Southwestern Ireland, on a solo on-road/off-road speed tour.

 
The route consisted of a series of well paved high traffic primary roads, twisty secondary roads, and muddy singletrack off-road trails from Shannon Airport in County Clare down along coastal County Kerry, around the Dingle Peninsula and down through Killarney National Park. The route was ridden solo and standing "saddle-less" each day for six-days. Cold rain was a common weather condition throughout the week. Severe rain storms, dense fog, and high head winds and cross winds made Connor Pass in route to Dingle most challenging. The terrain varied but consisted mostly of rolling hills and narrow virtually non-existent shoulders. Info was noted on optimum rider positoning, footwear/orthotics, nutrition, heartrate, mileage, weather, and allergic asthma management throughout the trip.

The "standing" BTT project bike was born a Mountain Cycle San Andreas downhill racing bike. It has since been modified into an 8-spd (the final trip bike ran a 32x18 single-speed drivetrain), fully rigid (no suspension), with a custom-configured frame geometry to best suit the rider. The front wheel is a 29er with a more traditional 26" wheel in the rear. A single rear v-brake, wide off-road mountain bike tires run at 50 psi and a BMX racing stem and handlebars top off the rig...and of course...no seat or seatpost of any kind.

Water, tools, first aid gear, and personal identification were mounted to the frame of the bike to keep the bike's center of gravity as low as possible. An ultralight Vaude backpack provided the necessary storage for one extra set of clothes and various other lightweight essentials such as a headlamp, journal, and a day's supply of Irish soda bread. This weight distribution helped keep heavier items off the rider's back, minimizing fatigue and improving overall handling.

 

 
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