Love Letters to Our Favorite Gear of 2015
Staff Pick: Wraith Fabrication Paycheck
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I’m not a cyclist — not like my colleagues. I don’t watch the tours, dream of weekend centuries. Nor do I ever plan on crossing the country on two wheels. But I do commute 10 miles every weekday between my apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and GP HQ in Midtown Manhattan. And for the past year, I’ve been crushing it on a steel frame Wraith Fabrication Paycheck. Though designed for cyclocross, the Paycheck is an urban workhorse. It’s light, quick, discreetly colored, durable — and even after taking a few knocks, it’s still safe to straddle (unlike aluminum frames). But what won me over is the smoothness of the ride, a characteristic that’s valuable on the pothole-laden bike lanes of NYC. I’m not a cyclist. Not yet, at least. But if that’s next for 2016, the road is well paved.