Hi, I’m Joachim. From Oslo, Norway. Living in Berlin. I’m a social worker, and I work with so-called disabled people. I started riding a BMX at five and continued riding around the neighborhood until I was 14. My then slightly bigger BMX was stolen, and I picked up skateboarding, which became my passion for the next 20 years. In 2012, I broke my hip skateboarding, and I then rediscovered the great feeling of cruising along on a bike as a part of my rehab and have been cycling on an almost daily basis ever since.
I have a full carbon road bike, a cargo bike, a track bike, a monster gravel travel bike, a racy full carbon gravel bike, a gentleman’s bike from 1912, and the sort of modern randonneur (formally known as a cyclocross bike) featured here. I ride them all and love to switch terrain, speed, and intention of the ride, be it alone, with a bunch of friends, or with the family.
This is my first bike from Bombtrack Bicycle Co., the 2014 Hook. By design, it is a CX machine and a very capable one at that. But it has been misused as a gravel travel rig and has seen Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Morocco, Norway, and Scotland, to name a handful of the places it has spun its wheels.
- Frame/Fork: 2014 Bombtrack Hook, with original fork
- Rims: Hunt Adventure
- Hubs: SON 28 (front) / Hunt Adventure (rear)
- Tires: WTB Horizon 36mm
- Handlebars: WCS Ritchey 46cm
- Headset: Cane Creek
- Crankset: White Industries, 46/26
- Pedals: WCS Ritchey SPD
- Cassette: SRAM 11-36
- Derailleur(s): SRAM Rival (front) / SRAM Force, long cage (rear)
- Brakes: SRAM Force 22 Hydro
- Shifter(s): SRAM Force 22 Hydro
- Saddle: Brooks C13, 132mm
- Seatpost: Thomson
- Stem: K-Force Carbon, 110mm
- Front bags: Velo Orange Porteur
- Frame bags: Apidura Expedition, full or half frame
- Rear bags: Apidura Expedition Seat pack
- Accessory bags: Two Apidura Food Pouches (for bottles and snacks)
- Lights: Supernova Triple3 front light, Supernova E3 rear light
- Fenders: Gilles Berthoud full fenders
- Rack: Soma Porteur front rack
- Other accessories: King Cage bottle cages, USB charger on the stem
After I discovered the fun of bigger tires, it was “forgotten” for a while but has now risen from its dormant state and is living out its days as a commuter/modern randonneur. The build is inspired by the randonneurs from back in the day but with fairly modern parts, such as the hydraulic disc brakes, the 11-speed drivetrain, and the clipless pedals.
What really stands out is the drivetrain with its White Industries cranks running 46/26. It’s a big gap that shifts well enough, but that, more importantly, gives me a fantastic range with road-like shifting gaps on the rear. Plus, 46/11 is awesome when bombing down alpine roads or when putting the pedal to the metal down a flat stretch of road, and the only climbing limitation of the 26/36 is when it’s so steep that the bike tips over backwards…
You can see more from Joachim on Instagram.
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