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Matthias Roth’s bicycle way of life is part of his motivation to leave his home in South Dakota for the milder climes and modern, multi-modal infrastructure of Eugene, OR.
When he arrived in January of 2011, Matthias invested in a stock Trek Earl, fenders*, and a U-lock. Not interested in flashy “upgrades,” Matthias has changed a few things that mattered, and left most of the bike well enough alone: he still uses the original cranks, wheels, headset, stem, post, saddle, and brake.
While the factory brake pads, chain, and bottom bracket have been replaced for wear, the original handlebars, which swept upward, were actually the first stock bit to go. Because he uses the bike for both transportation and recreation, he keeps both riser and drop bars at the ready, easily switched thanks to the hinged brake lever.
Though not pictured, Matthias keeps the fenders at the ready in his at-home repair area, installing and removing them himself as appropriate.
The fanciest “upgrade” on his whole bike are the MKS GR-9 pedals with matching toeclips and Cadence double straps.
Matthias says his favorite detail on the bike are the many scuffs and chips on the finish—the evidence of a life of faithful use.
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