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So far it’s a solo ride.

The Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds: Day Eight

Anthony Little |


The rhythm of the pounding sea rocked the massive boat, enveloped by the enormity of the Pacific Ocean in the pitch of night. The 141,000-ton ship was in the midst of a six-week transit from Singapore, and one of its engineers was in his bunk, longing for a different kind of rhythm. The monotonous, metronomic spin of cranks, hum of tires, of crisp winter air nipping at his bare nose. He missed the suffering, the solitude, the journey. He missed the occasional tests for elevated benzene levels in his blood. He quit, moved to San Francisco, and ordered a Baum Corretto. Day Eight's candidate for the Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds is his respite. Painted like the varying moods and shades of the great abyss, it evokes the deep, azure, ever-shifting temperment of the sea. An anchor at the base of the seat tube is a memento to the rider's lifelong marriage to the water, even as he chases his passion on land. It's the terra firma escape of the wandering mariner.

Silver and grey tones pepper the blues like whitecaps on the thundering waves, accented by inky blackness in the bike's wheels and cockpit; the mysterious deep.

Blue Sirena dreams - beyond the azure depths of the life aquatic, the original color inspiration for this bike was a similarly-toned Ford GT40.
Over the past few months, we've become huge fans of Corima's carbon rims, made entirely in the south of France. They maintain something of a works-look while being the best-riding carbon rims we've had a chance to spin up. Why? We think a lot of it has to do with their foam cores that damp vibrations. Needless to say, these 47mm examples were laced to a pair of stunning White Industries hubs, made a short 45 minutes up the road from Above Category in Petaluma, California. img_8354 Above Category stalwarts. eeCycleworks brakes, the essential SRM, and a SRAM eTap build finish off the marine-minded build.

There's something attractive about the unknown and inhospitable - like the ocean - that seems to call to all of us, and it's often reflected in our most prized tokens, like a Baum bicycle. Tomorrow's 12 Days of Breathtaking Builds object of lust and desire once again takes us onto the dirt while tipping the scales at slick-tire mass limits.
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