Words and photos by Lehi Cano (@stay.loose)
Waddup world! My name is Lehi, and bikes are tight! Though I grew up in Colorado and consider it my home, I’m currently in Atlanta, Georgia, and just left my job as a mechanic at Loose Nuts Cycles to get back into software and web development after the bike industry drew me away for almost a decade.
I got into riding bikes originally as a fourth grader in the western Colorado desert, making dirt jumps and launching my BMX bike over friends off of said jumps. These days as a “full grown adult,” you can find me ripping around town on my cargo bike, running errands, bike camping, bikepacking, and mountain biking all over the Southeast or recently, riding bikes in Sierra Leone with a crew lead by my friend Chris (aka Slim Wonder). You can find our film linked at the bottom of this post.
I also make home movies for the Youtubes sometimes, or you can find me taking photos of friends and bikes. Currently, I’m in a full-time coding bootcamp re-learning how to develop software for the web since I haven’t really touched it since 2014.
This bike came about from my appreciation for riding bikes without a bag on my back. As a full-time bike commuter from about 2007, then courier and bicycle delivery person from 2011 until 2018, there was no going back the moment I started using a front rack and eventually riding my first cargo bike. I previously had a Larry vs Harry Bullitt and sold it to a friend with the intent of buying a small pickup truck in order to fuel my rekindled mountain biking addiction and being able to get into the North Georgia mountains more easily.
After realizing that the used car market was a little excessive during the pandemic, and that actually, I didn’t want another car, I came to the conclusion that I wanted another cargo bike, so I opted for the newer Omnium Cargo WiFi in titanium. The thru-axles, wide fit (WiFi) tire clearance, and shorter wheelbase made it an easy choice over another Bullitt, especially for the bike camping and bikepacking trips I had in mind.
- Frame/Fork Titanium Omnium Cargo WiFi
- Rims Carbon Nextie 20″ (front) / 29″ (rear)
- Hubs Shutter Precision PD8x dynamo (front) / White Industries XMR (rear)
- Tires Schwalbe Rocket Ron 20″ (front) / Racing Ralph 29″ (rear)
- Handlebars Protaper 810 Alloy Riser
- Headset White Industries EC34
- Crankset Easton EC90
- Pedals HT PA03A
- Cassette Shimano SLX 10-51
- Derailleur Shimano XT M8100
- Brakes Shimano 4-piston MT420 calipers and BL-M4100 levers
- Shifter(s) Shimano XT M8100 i-Spec EV
- Saddle Selle Italia Flite Titanium rails
- Seatpost 80mm Bike Yoke Rascal SL dropper + Bike Yoke Triggy remote
- Stem Thomson x4 50mm
- Front bags Custom Tack Planet Clam shell
- Frame bags Custom Rockgeist half frame bag
- Rear bags Swift Industries Every Day Caddy Seat Bag
- Other accessories B+M IQ-X front light, B+M Micro rear light, Ursus Jumbo double legged kickstand
Out of the box, Omnium doesn’t equip the frame for internal dropper post routing, so I picked up a carbide-tipped drill bit and some cutting fluid. I drilled a 6mm hole about 35mm above the bottom bracket shell on the seat tube. I used a set of small files to chamfer the hole in the direction the housing would be routed into the seat tube. Being titanium, rust isn’t a huge concern. Another modification I’ve made is to add a rivnut to the aluminum cargo rack where I’ve attached my dynamo light.
The frame bag was a custom order from Rockgeist, and it permanently lives on the bike. It holds a pump, a set of ratchet straps, and usually an extra layer or my Peak Design travel tripod. The cargo bed gives too many options to list, but I mainly use my custom Tack Planet bag for camera gear, a large BXB Goldback for bikepacking, or a collapsing crate I found in an alley strapped down for groceries and daily use. And, of course, a few cashed inner tubes crisscrossed on the rack for whatever else I might need to haul around.
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