Brian Foster's Fit BF setup
Brian Foster's Fit BF setup
Veteran Fit Bike Co. pro Brian Foster recently broke his foot, ending his summer prematurely while allowing him to use a motorized scooter while out grocery shopping. Just prior to the injury, Foster met up with Keith Terra to shoot photos of his latest setup, a Fit Bike Co. BF with an array of Fit and Merritt components. BF checked out the photos, then waxed philosophical about his parts choices and setup options.
"This is my bike," says Foster. "There are many like it, but this one is mine. My bike is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my bike is useless. Without my bike, I am useless. It's built around a Fit BF frame with a 21 1/4" top tube."
Merritt BF bars
"These are Merritt Brian Foster signature bars. The specs are 8 1/4" inch high, with a 29-inch width, 12 degrees of back sweep and 2 degrees of up sweep. I also cut a half inch off each side. And there is a one-up version also available with the same dimensions but 1 inch taller," says Foster.
Merritt Pete Sawyer grips
"I ride Merritt Pete Sawyer grips, with a Tech 77 brake lever. This is THE brake lever. When I get one, I take two closed end wrenches to bend it for that custom tweak. Many companies have tried to duplicate the custom tweak and have failed."
"These are brakes. They assist the rider in stopping the bike. I believe this will become the preferred method of stopping in the coming years instead of the shoe method employed by the majority of riders today. (This is a false statement)."
Fit Mac pedals
"I ride Fit Shawn Mac pedals. These are sealed and metal. This is all you need. If you do Luc-E grinds and pedals slides, you probably want the plastic version of these," says Foster.
"I ride a Merritt Mighty sprocket, 28T with Fit Indent 24 cranks measuring at 175mm. When I was growing up, you became a man when you got your first pair of 180mm cranks. At one point, Thunder Dan (Nelson) was running 190s with a 47-16 gearing and beating me out of the gate. But as knees get worse, my cranks get shorter," says Foster.
"I ride Fit Blade II forks with a prototype Merritt front hub," says Foster.
Fit BF stem
"This is probably my favorite signature product I've had: the Fit BF stem. It's simple, classic and dependable. It's good to see the topload stem make a comeback. I should probably upgrade the shoelace holding my cable though," says Foster.
"This is the Merritt SL-1 seat. It's made from the same fine leather found covering the seats of your dream car, and the new car smell is included," says Foster.
Merritt prototype cassette hub
"This is the Merritt prototype rear cassette hub. It's not your average four-pawl cassette design. This thing purrs like a kitten," says Foster.
Fit seat stay brace
"I don't geek out often but the first time I saw this seat stay brace, I got real psyched," says Foster.
Brian Foster doing what he does best, huge boost on East Coast turf. Look for Foster in the latest Fit Bike Co. video, "Holy Fit," premiering in the end of August.