As humans we have sought to evolve our movements beyond our bodies. The catalyst for an explosion of new movements was of course the wheel. Here are homages to my preferred modes of self-powered wheeled transport.
Durable, modular, supportive, and comfy, these blades have been through a lot and still have plenty of life left in them. Even though Valo Brand is discontinued, their parent company Roces still uses the same designs in their M12 and 5th Element models, and with minor modifications skins and souls from other brands can be made to fit these boots. They are a bit heavy with the skins and hefty soul plates, but once you get in the groove you don't notice it.
- Boot: Valo AB1 (size 7, toe cut)
- Skin: Rollerblade TRS Alpha 1 (memleak mods)
- Soul: Valo 2-piece
- Liner: Reign V2
- Frame: Ground Control Featherlight 3
- Inner: Moonshine UHMW Blue antirockers
- Outer: Dead 58mm/92a wheels with Rush Hybrid bearings
My trusty Del Sol D-Street Projekt is a joy to ride. Maintenance is easy with the single speed, and you get in an intimate rhythm with the bike as you ride the terrain. The seat, bar tape, and pedals seem spartan, but they encourage good riding form. The rear rack and basket were salvaged from forsaken yellow-tagged bikes at UC Davis left by entitled kids to rot until they were marked by facilities for impoundment.
- Frame: Haro Del Sol Projekt steel (small)
- Cranks: 170mm shaft / 39-tooth chainring
- Pedals: Rice husk composite
- Chain: KMC Z410A
- Freewheel: Dicta 18-tooth
- Bars: Dimension road bars with rice husk tape
- Levers: Sunrace R3D drop levers
- Assembly: Haro dual caliper + Shimano pads
- Rims: Haro double-wall 23mmx26 inch
- Tires: Schwable Road Cruiser 700x40 recycled
- Post: 300x27.2mm
- Saddle: Haro Del Sol Urbanity
- Basket + Rack: It's a mystery!