My favorite bike that past 18 months has been my steel All City Nature Boy. How many nights have I lain awake, wishing and hoping that that bike had gears so I could do every group ride under the sun on it? Dozens of nights, probably. Maybe even scores. So finally, I did something about it. I got a Macho King.
I've talked about "having one bike to rule them all" for a long time, but I admit that I've always thought of it more as a project than a strict requirement. I'm always going to have more than one bike. I'm always going to have more than five bikes. But the "one" bike experiment has tempted me multiple times. Even last year, I raced a Focus Mares with road tires at Cherry-Roubaix and on a few TNRs as well, but went back to a dedicated road bike when a Salsa Colossal Ti presented itself.
The experiment never went completely away, although the Colossal did. Our wonderful rep Jeff dropped off an All-City Macho King that just so happened to be my size, and with it sat against the wall in my line of sight, ideas began to run like an opened well. One day, on impulse, I threw the bike on the stand, put on some Reynolds Assault Disc carbon wheels and made it happen. The final product would see the inclusion of a more size appropriate 172.5 crank arm length, plus a 'heritage' Ritchey carbon seat post, heritage denoting that it is one of Lowetz's many hand-me-downs, and a 90mm 3T stem that put me in the exact same position as my beloved Nature Boy.
The Macho King comes with Rival components, and I've swapped out to a compact road set-up, pairing a 50-34 up front with a tightish 11-26 cassette.
The little tweaks made, it was time to put in some miles. Over 200 miles, the bike already feels like a dream. It's chiefly going to be put to the sword in two very different arenas: Tuesday Night Rides and gravel races. For TNR, I'll have some Michelin Pro 4s in a 25s for the pavement. In the meantime, I'm sticking with the Schwalbe G-One gravel tires in a 35mm that have been great so far.
The bike weighs in at 22 points fully saddled and ready to roll. You can check it out at the shop or out on the road!