But it rode like a dream.
The combination of the fat tires, Fastback seatstays (a Steelman trademark), the compliant Dedacciai tubing, and the Selle Italia Turbomatic suspension saddle all worked together to smooth out the harshest gravel.
And it carried me to the finish in the first Dirty Kanza ever.
As my interest in gravel racing grew, I looked for ways to up the equipment game wherever possible and eventually the Steelman got evolved out of use. It hung on a hook for awhile and then I sold it to another Sunflower staffer for $800. A KILLER deal. He rode it for awhile, but a little more than a year ago I asked him for it back. I said “if you ever sell that bike, I’ve got dibs.” He thought it over and I bought it back from him for what he paid for it. I likely won’t ever let it go again.
Now…let me consult my calendar…it’s 2016, what was I doing in 2009 that it’s safe to tell my mom about now?
It wasn’t white originally. It was blue with red decals, but Brent’s painter had a bad batch of clear coat and the bike started to rust underneath the clear. It got sent back and repainted white with yellow decals.
My bike was the first of these we got at Sunflower, but I can think of a few other people in town (and now out of town) that bought a Steelman from us after that. I think all of those are still on the road somewhere.
You can see Dan's Steelman on display right now at the Sunflower Pop-Up shop in Emporia, KS through June 4th. You can also find Dan on Instagram where you can see his many bike riding adventures and his assortment of adorable pets!