Last summer I decided that I wanted to get a bike especially for getting way out there, with enough stuff along to stay out there, at least overnight.
I met Rick Hunter when he was in Salida during his 2007 Great Divide Race attempt. He wrote a really cool article about the GDR (can't find it on the interweb, sorry). Of course he was riding one of his own classic hand-built bikes.
I decided I wanted one, so I asked him to make me a "flat-bar dirt tourer".
Customs take a while. That's just how it goes. The better the builder, the longer the waitlist normally. But this spring, I got my frame and fork. I have a stem coming whenever I decided exactly the length and rise I want. Here you go, pictures from when it was still sleek and clean:
Trademark Hunter Cycles seatstays
Trademark Hunter Cycles Supercrown fork
Standard side shot (note the angus bull visible through the frame)
I went for the new Chris King BB
Closeup of BB