Anyway, when I returned to The United States of America and my home in New Mexico I packed up sheep #2 and sent it up to James and Todd at Black Sheep Bikes. The dudes wanted to overhaul #2 with a permanent fix. And lucky me - James asked if I'd be interested in the new Fastback coupler design. Yeah. Of course. I'm interested in anything and everything new, unique and awesome. Plus I saw this coupler design on Bryan Kramer's bike in NZ. Definitely cool. Definitely a unique Black Sheep concept.
The Fastback with HACS allows for the shipping the sheep (after disassembly, of course) in a standard S and S Hard Case - which fits within the airline size requirements. 62 total inches (26 x 26 x 10 = 62, dude.)
So, I'm set. No more $200+ up charges by the freaks at the airlines. Yep, I love screwing the system, especially when I screw the system with titanium coolness.
Well, I'll stop rambling.
Below are the pics:
zoom in and you see The Fastback design
a little closer
the HACS (Horizontal Adjustable Chainstay) completes the bike
So, since I'm an obese single speed fanatic, the Fastback / HACS combo will be thoroughly tested under EXTREME conditions.
And the Fastback/ HACS combo will definitely ease the financial burden (yes burden) of traveling to exotic places for world championship competition - like the 2011 edition of the Single Speed World Championships - SSWC11 - in Ireland this coming August.
Maybe #2 will see it's first racing action at 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. Maybe. #1 earned the start. But you never know what will happen @ The Back of the Pack.