Officially his most ridden bike in the stable, the Nature Babe gets called into action at the Michigan Cyclocross State Championships.
This year, he'll skip the Singlespeed race, but the steel dream boat is still making the voyage to Rockford as pit bike. With truly 'cross conditions in the forecast, the cantilever brakes and one gear could be the ticket once the mud and grass have their way with so many drivetrains throughout the morning.
That's exactly what this bike is for, too. After the Mudman of 2014, where replacing all the broken parts on his Focus Mares cost almost as much as a new Nature Boy, Cody swore he'd never do so much damage to a geared bike again. Enter the bad weather bruiser, the Nature Boy. Ride it in the worst conditions possible; a complete drivetrain replacement is less than $70, but odds are all you'll have to do it is hose it off and lube the chain back up.
It's also his most-used bike currently in the stable, just over 3,000 miles of singlespeed fun in two years, most of it between the months of November and March, when the road grit, snow and slush are at their most threatening. A quick look at it's total repair costs, not including the handbuilt HED Belgium+ wheelset, comes in at a paltry $108, which includes a new cog, two chains, a replacement tire, bottom bracket and brake cables.
For Saturday's muddy conditions, an old Clement MXP was called into action on the front wheel, with a Clement PDX with what we're calling "speed worn", with the tread worn down for more speed. Bottle cages off, lights unclipped, and it's ready to roll. Note the addition of the very classy Thomson Elite seatpost and X4 stem.