Christmas Holiday Projects
The unintentional theme is Gold bikes with the Campagnolo logo on the top tube!
First, I've been working on my Raleigh Gran Sport. I've fitted my moustache bars and an old Nitto stem I had (selling the Cinelli bars and stem, and the Campy brakes, levers and shifters paid for the bike, with some profit). I also had a set of nutted dual pivot Exage brakes and levers that didn't sell in December, so those went on (it'll stop now), and a set of Retrofriction shifters I got from ebay. The cranks and pedals are the original Campy Gran Sport, as is one of the hubs (the other is a Shimano). I'm picking up a Wrights branded leather saddle in Jan, a slimline model like a Brooks Team Pro, and I'm going to order the Elkhide bar covers from Velo Orange. Derailleurs will be Golden Arrow or Arabesque (probably a mixture of GA rear and Arabesque front til I get one or the other to match!), and it'll be a nice little mount.
Almost finished at last is my Nigel Dean fixed gear. This cost me next to nothing. Frame was £20, the stem was an amazing £3 from ebay (for a TTT track stem? incredible!), and I've got cables and tyres on it. The rest was free from bikes I was flipping. It's got Normandy high flange flip flop hubs on steel rims (so the brakes don't work even though they're there!), crappy Silstar cranks, but they're 165mm, so no pedal strike, Lyotard single sided cage pedals, a Titanium Flite seat, odd bars from a Raleigh Quasar, a dual pivot Shimano break at the front, and a Weinmann sidepull at the back, and that's about it. Test ride confirmed two things I knew - I need a 15t cog (42x13 is too much for me, but hey, I had the cog around), and I need a longer seatpost. The frame is in fact a little small for me, but I wanted a nippy, small framed bike, so that's ok, and the longer post with the drop stem will give me a really aero position for fast stuff. I like it!
Wow, those are ****ty photos.
Must be really foggy in your part of the UK, Sammy! Nice bikes, nevertheless.
My holiday project has been to make a set of wooden (cedar) fenders for a 1974 Raleigh International that'll be set up a bit bizarro: '74 Campy NR components, original Weinmann cp brakes w/ Kool Stop pads, Mavic Open Pro wheelset (8-speed cassette that works with the 120mm rear drop out with only my thumbs to spread the frame), Albatross bars and bar-end shifters. Hmm. Pics when it's finished.