I finally got around to finishing the build on my Kogswell Model G, a 58cm fixed gear/singlespeed lugged steel frameset no longer sold by Kogswell. More than a year ago, I bought the frameset from Trinity Bicycles in Irving, Texas.
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I initially built it up in singlespeed mode with drop bars, stock 48-tooth chainring and 18-tooth freewheel cog. The gearing was too big, and after I struggled through a test ride I set it aside for all of 2007 while I concentrated on PBP. Over the holidays I got it down off the wall rack and flipped the wheel to the 18-tooth fixed cog and installed a 42-tooth ring, Nitto mustache bars and Nitto Dirt Drop riser stem. I scrounged up some NOS Shimano Exage aero levers, the ones with the release button that allows the lever to open wide for tire removal.
I also dressed it up for commuting with a Carradice Nelson Longflap bag, Nitto R-10 rack, fenders, and Tektro R556 brakes. The result? A fantastic bike.
I am having a blast. I can ride down from Arlington with only minimal braking, and I can ride back up the climb at night with some standing, but no walking. Around D.C. the gearing is perfect.
Matthew Grimm, Kogswell owner and founder, told me a little about this frame. It was a prototype that was built with 130mm rear spacing, not the 120mm he specified. It languished for a long time and was ultimately shipped to Trinity for a customer, who decided against. It has a mismatched color fork, but it looks nice to me.