While most people would expect to see Tim rolling around in CBC lycra on the latest and greatest crit setup, his commuter of choice may surprise and intrigue. Many iterations in the making, this is his 'parts bin' daily ride.
Tim recently swapped his Soma Smoothie frame for this mint green Surly Straggler, sticking with steel for its durability, ride quality and aesthetic. The choice to ditch the Smoothie meant building up a new rear wheel that was disc compatible (he already swapped out the stock Smoothie fork for a Surly disc fork.) Other than that, his existing parts translated to the new frame.
A quick look through the bike and you can find all sorts of odds and ends, some more noteworthy than others like the matching Ritchey seatpost and stem and San Marco Rolls saddle. Tim's super wide Specialized flat bars add a nice perch and plenty of control for his impromptu jaunts through the woods. Shimano Saint flat pedals provide a nice level of comfort and utility as well. Tim dumped clipless pedals a while back and found the Saint pedals provided plenty of push when wearing a Chrome boot or skate shoe.
Designations of a true commuter bike can often be found in full fenders and dynamo lights. Tim spares no expense with a Shimano Dynamo hub that generates the power for his Supernova front and rear lights. His wheels are wrapped with Compass 650b x 38 Loup Loup pass tires and sit neatly nestled under full fenders—providing a soft, smooth, and fast-rolling ride.