Most of the bikes that come out of Alex Cook’s Minneapolis workshop, A-train Cycles, are robust ‘cross and road machines built from stainless steel, but just before he embarked on a recent backpacking adventure, he finished off something that’s a departure from his usual repertoire: an elegant townie that still looks ready to shred trails.
Yes, despite the sophisticated good looks, the A-train Cycles City Cruiser definitely has a klunker strain in its DNA. The frame is a modish mish-mash of refined steel: the main triangle, supporting a low-trail fork, is built from Reynolds 531 while the chainstays, accommodating the 29er wheelset, is comprised of Columbus tubes.
Alex fabricated a rack from stainless steel, mounted above the fender, which covers the rear wheel — laced to a NuVinci hub. The City Cruiser now belongs to Alex’s photographer, who must have paid special attention to these shots. Head to the A-train website for more details.