The Pompino V4: Camille’s ideal winter and commuter bike.
Ok, well it doesn’t look much like winter in the picture above, since we’ve had some really nice weather this past week, but this is the bike I rode all winter long. It was the first winter I sincerely enjoyed cycling and it’s all thanks to my bike. Oh, and also to finally getting a proper coat.
I used to be that person who was riding the dingiest, crappiest, ill-fitting bikes, because I used to believe everything was too expensive. Last year, I got myself a new bike, super cheap, but at least new, and this past November I bought an On-One frameset. Getting this frameset, even if it’s far from being high-end, and building it up with decent to pretty good parts made me realize how wrong I was before.
Yes, my previous bikes were getting me places, but none of them we’re really my size nor in great shape. None of them where comfortable enough for serious riding, which I was trying to do, but failing at.
Deciding to invest a bit of money in a bike was seriously life changing.
The first time I rode it, I laughed for the whole ride, telling myself “this is so smooth, this is so easy, this is so comfy”. I probably looked like an idiot riding around Verdun like that, but who cares, it was fucking blissful.
I’m actually gonna’ keep riding it this summer and attempt my first cyclocross season with it. Yeah, single-speed CX baby.
So for y’all who wanted to geek out about parts, here’s the deal.
The frameset is obviously a Pompino V4, from On-One bikes, which I purchased from Planet X. As I’ve said many times, it’s not fancy, but it’s sturdy, well made, versatile, not too heavy, and not pricy. For a single speed or fixed gear city bike you can take outside the city (SSCX or event MTB), it’s one of the best deal you can find, in my opinion.
The fancier components of my bike are my amazing Brooks C17s saddle (life changing, goodbye cheap ass $15 saddles), my Thomson InLine seatpost and Elite x2 stem, and my Chris King headset (also life changing). Seriously, for riding bikes with shit headsets since forever before that, this CK feels like angels are stirring for me. No joke.
As for the rest of the components, it’s a mix and match of various brand, nothing fancy, but all efficient!
As soon as the weather allows, I’ll trade my CX pro tires for something slicker and put some drops bars on instead, most probably the Cyrano handlebar (for Chameleons) by Fi’zi:k.
So anyhow, all in all, it’s the perfect commuter, all terrain, bike for me.
I love you, bike.
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