Dr. Rodriguez' bicycle collection, past and present.

 

Currently owned bicycles:

(click on any image to see it in full resolution)

 

Cannondale Crest, c. 1988.

A road racing bike, covered in Crest toothpaste logos from when Crest sponsored a cycling team in the late 1980's. Read more about it here!

 

Surly Crosscheck, c. ~1999

My daily commuter. This steel-framed Surly has been my regular ride to work since about 1999. Through the years it has been set up as a cyclo-cross bike, a road-racing bike, a fixed-gear, a single-speed, and now this. The current setup features a Shimano Alfine 8-speed internally geared hub, stainless steel racks, aluminum fenders, and a nicely matched Schwinn chain guard from a 1960's-era Schwinn Breeze. Want a closer look? It is usually locked up outside my office everyday...

 

Kona A'Ha, c. 1997

Single speed steel mountainbike, currently built up for use as a hardcourt bicycle polo bike (not shown). I first saw one of these bicycles in my local bicycle shop in the mid-1990's, and wanted one ever since. When I saw one for sale on Ebay, I snatched it up. Red, white and blue with stars... #Merica!

 

Colnago Titanio Dream HP B-stay, c. 2002

Titanium road racing bike, with a carbon rear triangle. Though this is my current road bike, it doesn't get much use lately since I don't race like I used to, but it still looks pretty. Currently it is set up with Chris King hubs, Shimano 9spd Dura Ace shifters, Ritchey carbon fork, and a Cinelli integrated aluminum stem/handlebar combination. This bike replaced my Colnago Titanio that I broke (shown further down the page).

 

Colnago Dream Pista, c. 2002

Aluminum track racing bike. Colnago bikes are always gorgeous, if not gaudy in their Italian style. I rode this to a state championship (2002 Florida Keirin), and it is pictured above with my usual setup for racing: Zipp carbon disc, trispoke carbon front wheel, and TUFO turbular tires.

 

PlanetX Track, c. 2002

Aluminum track racing bike. The photo above is from the 2002 Collegiate Track Nationals, and shows my teammate David P riding one of the dozen or so bikes our team commissioned from our sponsor, Planet X. The one pictured is not my actual bike, but those are my handlebars and disc wheel. I placed 7th at Nationals on my Planet X track bike in the kilo (1-kilometer, standing start time-trial).

 

Ritchey NiTi, c. 1998

Perhaps my favorite bike that I have ever owned, this Ritchey hardtail mountain bike rides like a dream. Handmade in California and custom painted at the Ritchey factory in Gator orange & blue. I raced this bike for many years on the collegiate circuit as my primary cross-country racer, and I still love to take it on fast Georgia trails. It is currently built with a Shimano XTR drivetrain and Rock Shox Duke fork.

 

Bianchi c. 1980's

Generic Bianchi steel road frame, now a permanent part of my BeltLine kinetic art sculpture. This bicycle has been perched high above the BeltLine in Atlanta since Septermber 2012.

 

Specialized Hardrock, c. 1990's

Steel hard-tail mountain bike, for my wife, in a mix of green and pink, a.k.a. "the watermelon". This mountain bike was modified by my friend Jim B., who welded disc brake tabs onto the back of the frame so that it can take hydraulic disc brakes, front and rear.

 

Civia Cycles Twin-City step-through, c. 2014

My wife's townie bike, in her favorite color! Dutch-styled mixte frame. Nexus 7 speed internally geared hub, matching front and rear racks and fenders. Simple, elegant, retro-styled, yet with modern components.

 

Huffy "Daisy Daisy" tandem, c. 1960's?

A Huffy tandem from the 1960's, named after the popular 19th century song about "a bicycle built for two". I modernized this bicycle by adding hydraulic disc brakes and an 8-speed shimano XT derailler. I loved the swooping curved lines of this frame, but unfortunately the bike was so flexy with two people on it that I didn't enjoy the ride very much. Now the frame has been stripped of its parts and has become yard art in front of my house.

 

Falcon road bike c. 1984?

I got this frame (well, not the exact one pictured here, but a similar one) from Ebay with intent to build it into a track frame for racing at Dick Lane Velodrome here in Atlanta. I wanted a steel beater bike that would give a smoother ride on the bumpy velodrome surface than my rigid aluminum Colnago track racer. After a couple of trips to the track on this bike, the officials there wouldn't let me ride it anymore because it didn't have proper track dropouts at the rear axle. It's a safety rule they have (with some logic behind the rule), though I feel the safety issue is a moot point when the bike is maintained by someone with the track experience I have had. Oh well. Now it is just a frame without a use for me. Maybe I'll turn it into artwork.

 

Past owned bicycles:

 

Colnago Titanio, c. 2003

Titanium road bike, and my main racing bike for the 2003 collegiate season. Like all Colnagos, the paint job was beautiful and detailed. I also raced on these Spinergy carbon wheels for a year or so, but then sold them as I saw too many of them get destroyed in crashes. Unfortunately, the frame developed a crack behind the bottom-bracket and I had to sent it back to Colnago.

 

Bianchi P.U.S.S. c. 2004

Single-speed aluminum mountain bike - in all pink! I even raced this bicycle at the 2005 Single-Speed World Championships in State College, PA. My race didn't go so well though, as I wound up flatting several times. The highlight of my day was getting passed on a climb by Gary Fisher... yes, the Gary Fisher. I built this bike up with Paul hubs, a Cook Bros. crankset, Hope hydraulic disc brakes, and matching pink seat, helmet, and I even painted the disc-brake rotors to match!

 

Trek MultiTrack 730, c. 1990's

Hybrid city bike, and my wife's previous townie bike. Simply a great steel frame from Trek. In 2015 I sold it to a lucky Reynoldstown neighbor who now gets to ride it around Atlanta and the BetlLine.

 

Specialized Stumpjumper M2, c. 1996

The Stumpjumper was my first real raceable mountain bike (the one pictured above is not mine). I loved this bike, and the specs changed regularly as I bought new equipment over the years.

 

 

Specialized P3 c. 2002

A beefy mountain bike that I built and used for dual slalom racing (yes, that's me pictured above). Built with a 4" travel Marzocchi fork, Hope hydraulic disc brakes, and huge HED downhill rims, laced 4x to DT Swiss hubs.

 

 

K2 Razorback, c. 2002

Aluminum cross-country full-suspension (the bike pictured above is not my actual bike). This bike was a game-changer for the K2 brand, and helped them to get taken seriously in the full-suspension bicycle market in 2002. Essentially a clone of the Turner Stinger, this bike was an incredible race machine. Unfortunately the early versions of this bike were prone to cracking behind the seat-tube/top-tube junction. I know that because I worked as the team mechanic for a semi-pro racing team in Florida that rode these frames, and rode them hard. Later models included an added weld that fixed the problem. I loved the bike, but because of the cracking issues, I eventually sold it.

 

K2 Disco Monkey, c. 2002

The "Disco Monkey" was a K2 full-suspension mountain bike that I bought through the bike shop I worked at many years ago (we were a K2 dealer). This was considered a "downhill" bike for it's day, and I raced it at quite a few downhill events in the southeast. Four inches of front and rear wheel travel, with huge HED downhill rims. I am pretty sure this was the only model of this bike shipped to anywhere in the southeast US. In the image above I am racing it through the woods near Eastern Tennessee State University.

 

Goodyear, c. 1950's?

1950's era Goodyear-branded bicycle. I can't remember where I ever found this frame, but I used it as my daily commuter for several years until it got relegated (promoted?) to being a bar-hopping bike. For a brief period of time I had a small 20" wheel on the rear, which gave it a "chopper" look.

 

Lemond Tourmalet, c. 1999

The Saturn car dealership in Gainesville Florida had a giveaway offer for a Lemond road bike in 1999. I entered and weeks later they told me I won! Back then Saturn was a big cycling sponsor and so I won a brand new 1999 Tourmalet model. Red, shiny, skinny cromoly tubes. A great mid-level entry road racing bike. The above bike is not the one I owned, but is similar. Because I had plenty of bikes at the time, I'm pretty sure I sold it on Ebay or something before I ever put any miles on it.

 

Panasonic single speed c. 1987?

Sometime during my college career (~2001-2002) I had a generic black & yellow road frame, built up as a single speed (I think it was a panasonic like the one above). It was not the specific bike here, but it was similar. It was a bike that changed hands often among my friends on the cycling team, and it may have eventually been donated to the team as beater bike for newbies to ride. It was fun.

 

 

EPX 303 carbon bike, c. 2002

Carbon fiber road racing bike made by an Australian brand I think (the one pictured above is not my actual bike). I was given this frame by the distributer of the brand because of my position with the UF Cycling Team. I rode it for the better part of one season, until the frame cracked (this brand had a problem with cracks, and I don't know if they are around anymore). It looked good, but they had such a problem with frames breaking that I got rid of it as soon as I could.

 

Schwinn High Plains, c. 1994

My first modern geared bicycle, bought for me by my parents while I was in high school in Florida. I rode this bike daily to school when we lived in Seoul, South Korea, and it was my only transportation for much of my first year of college at the University of Florida. The above bike is the same model and color as the one I owned, but it is not a photo of my actual bike.