Barley’s custom ride

Barley Forsman Co-Founder and Industrial designer extraordinaire for Volagi  has as many miles on a gear bike as he does on his fixed gear bikes. Yes, he has more than one, but his favorite is his own creation. You can call it the “envy” of many fixed gear cyclists. Barley established his place as “bad a**” fixed gear rider when he raced Furnace Creek 508 and set the record for the Fixed gear category. That year, he had done all of his training miles, commute miles, recreation miles, rest miles on a fixed gear bike. Of course, he likes gears, his repertoire of long distance cycling goes years back. Completed Paris-Brest-Paris and over 35 double centuries in California plus the countless Brevet rides. He is an animal on the bike even though you wouldn’t notice from his always friendly enthusiasm when starting a big ride. His commuter of choice: his own creation, Barley Style – a Liscio fixie!

One of a kind!

One of a kind!

In his own words: couple of notes about my bike:

Volagi Liscio custom modified fixed gear.

Beer Components eccentric bottom bracket (fits standard BB30).

Modified 130mm rear track hub – 6-bolt one side threaded on the other (allows me to mount a disc with 5mm spacers on the non-drive side, and a fixed cog on the drive side).

42T ring up front and 16T cog in the back (roughly 72 gear inches – w/28C tires).

BB7s stoppers (front and rear).

E7 Ignite XL wheelset (with a modified rear hub).

WTB Thickslick tires (heavy but bomber – haven’t gotten a flat yet!)

This is my commuter workhorse, but I’ve also done several long rides (including a couple of 200Ks).

To my knowledge, this is the ONLY full carbon, full disc fixed gear on the planet!

LBS technology

LBS technology

Modified 130mm rear track hub

Modified 130mm rear track hub

42T ring up front and 16T cog in the back

42T ring up front and 16T cog in the back

Beer Components - Eccentric bottom bracket

Beer Components – Eccentric bottom bracket

E7 Ignite XL wheelset

E7 Ignite XL wheelset

Volagi carbon top cap

Volagi carbon top cap

 

 

2 comments

  1. Jack HolmgrenReply

    Barley’s ride is cool, but nowhere near as cool as Barley. I’ve ridden with him through thick and thin and he is constant in his attention to and support of whatever grupetto he is riding with. I am proud to count him as a friend and every now and then I can keep up with him but this is only because he is so nice.

    My Volagi is the coolest bike I’ve ever owned and I’ve owned a lot….started out in 1962 with a ballon tire bike and soon hit the harder stuff. It arrived a few weeks back and immediately became my only bike. I commute on it 14 miles/day in Oakland and it had its first 300 kilometer brevet just last weekend.

    Wow, the disks are so great on the steep stuff! Fear is a forgotten emotion. The shock absorption is phenomenal, better than my Calfee or my Trek Madone. And it is stable as a rock making for much more relaxed cycling on short and loooooonnnnnnnngggg rides.

    It is a thing of amazing beauty with its arcing stays and understated red, white, and black paint job.

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