I’ve long been an advocate of the On-One il Pompino. It’s a solid, reliable workhorse whose steely, no-disc, full-fender, single-speed versatility appeals to retro-grouches like myself, Bike Snob NYC and Scooter, one of the hardest working wheelmen I’ve had the pleasure of acquainting.
Here’s Andy’s story: “As cycling is my only viable mode of transport, it was inevitable that it would get to the point of me riding my bike in rain, hail and shine. I got kind of sick of riding my road or track bike around and getting home soaking wet and having a bike covered in road grime. I then decided I needed something more appropriate – I needed a Winter bike!
I did my research and the Pompino came out the winner. Sturdy frame, provisions for full fenders to keep me dry and I could build it up on the cheap as a SS and also have it relatively low maintenance at the same time.
I bought the Pompino frame and fork directly from On-One in the UK. After riding around on the stock fork for a while, I decided I wanted something with a lugged crown and the ability for a front rack option in the future.
This lead me to the Surly Crosscheck fork, which does a great job! The rest of the parts were pretty much just whatever I had kicking around. Nothing on it is particularly high-end or lightweight but boy is it a hefty bugger. And that’s exactly what I was trying to accomplish with the build.
I’ve always enjoyed riding in the Winter months. And now I’m looking forward to it even more so now that it means I can finally give the Pompino a serious and consistent workout in some unpleasant weather. Bring on the rain!”