The Hunt Cycling is a full service bike-shop, independent journal and collective consisting of three cycling enthusiasts based in Halle Saale. We try to explore, document and share our experiences in the field of cycling and beyond. Besides drinking shandy, lots of riding and intellectual discusses about bike parts and stuff, we enjoy riding with friends and running our showroom and bike-shop located in the center of Halle.
András is the owner of some interesting bikes and, in any case, a true hunter. Bikes come and go, some stay longer in his collection and some, nevertheless, stay forever. We were a bit confused when András came around with his idea to buy a Genesis Day One Alfine 8 and convert it to a “minimal tourer”. It’s a good basis for a reliable and low maintenance bike due to the combination of a singlespeed drivetrain and Shimano Alfine 8 with Microshift bar end shifter. In general, we are looking for the best matching frame and try to avoid extensive modifications. However András’ idea of the bike was already set and we started to disassemble the Day One, as you can see above. The first step was the chemical removal of the original paint, different braze-ons and a powdercoating which should remind of British Racing Green were added. The main focus was on a more elegant and less fancy appearance following the aesthetics of a classic French randonneur. Internal cable routing for the lights as well as stops, bosses and brass adjuster screws replaced the common mounts for c-clips. Fairweather MOD174 bar and UI-7 stem are matching perfectly and underline the slim shape of the Day One. The TRP Spyre-C / Tektro RL-340 combination is a reasonable solution and provides enough stopping power. A Shutter Precision hub dynamo delivers energy for a Busch & Müller Lumotec front light and Supernova tail light.
The result is a touring bike for all weather conditions with a clean look and of course, it’s definitely not the last bike for András.