Ablaut; no, its a Kashimax Super Pro. The Kashimax saddles were standard on high end swedish race bikes from mid/late 70┤s when they replaced the Ideale choice (see pic). Originally and incidentelly, the Mustang had a Kashimax Sports saddle, but the Super Pro is really enjoyable on longer but slower rides. I have friends whom dislike the "Kashimax-feeling".
the rider makes the bike - steel club member 198
Last edited by bibliobob; 04-17-09 at 07:24 AM.
I grow old, I grow old. I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
Here is my 1981 Miyata 1000. I just finished a complete rebuild last month and I'm needing my VO fenders as of yet. I also need a handlebar bag, a set of lights and some Kool Stop pads for the NOS Suntour XC Pro canti's I put on her.
I've also got a set of 4 NOS Madden panniers for her, buzzards and baby buzzards.
1981 Miyata 1000, 1984 Bridgestone 500, 1985 Trek 400
I was originally told this was an '83 Fuji America, but I guess it turns out to be an '81. The picture is as I received it and no work has been done yet, other than changing the chain, which may be original.
The B17 saddle had been swapped for an Avocet Touring I, barcons for stem shifters, Nitto Technomic stem for an unknown make/model, MKS Sylvan pedals for a make/model that escapes me at the moment, and Diacompe drilled brake levers swapped for "suicide" levers. Currently, I am looking to change the brake levers, pedals and stem to original models. I'll probably switch to downtube shifters, like all of my other bikes. I think I will keep the Avocet saddle. I'm surprise at how comfortable it is.
Originally, I thought I might like the stem shifters, but after a hard brake the other day, I can see why Sheldon Brown referred to them as a dull knife pointed at your groin.
Overall, I am very happy with this recent acquisition. The triple gearing was wonderful on my commute to work on Friday. The paint and decals are excellent. The Suntour Cyclone GT RD shifts beautifully. I have even been kicking myself for not bidding higher on an America that was posted on Ebay last week, if only for the components and a frame to resell.
Sorry about the shot of the pedal blocking the front derailleur.
Last edited by beech333; 04-18-09 at 10:33 PM.
^^ That's a nice a bike! In great condition; well done.
In life there are no mistakes, only lessons. -Shin
I think that this bike sealed the deal that I have an obsession. 4 Bikes, all Fuji, 3 vintage, 2 bedroom apartment. The 2008 Newest will probably end up being sold and the America taking its place as the workhorse commuter. I've found that I hate aluminum bikes.
Well it is a touring bike, but not exactly the normal touring setup. So here are some current pics of my 83' Nishiki Seral turned fixed gear/rando bike. The plan for this bike is to get a SA S3X 3 speed fixed hub if they ever come out. I got tired of waiting so I have been riding it single fixed with a spare rear wheel. It is geared low for me so I can make the climb out of town on my work commute. I only decided on this fixed setup after I bought a non-vintage Surly LHT for touring and mostly commuting duties.
In life there are no mistakes, only lessons. -Shin
Dave what did you use for components to put this bike together?? I have the same frame.
I'm not sure if this would be considered a touring bike or a commuter.
I still wanted to share it.
I bought it at a garage sale last weekend.
1979-83 ish Peugeot PX8M. Restoration to begin shortly.
1976 Scwinn Suburban
omg! i love that bike!!!!
Cool, another place to post my photos. Y'all are gonna get tired of seeing them...
1992 Bridgestone RB-T. I have a Blackburn rear rack and set of panniers for it, just not mounted.
A couple more and full size images here
Got this as a frameset in trade with another BFer a year or so ago.
Brooks Pro, Stronglight headset, Nexus 7 hub, ugly (but free!) aero rims, Deore cantis, ugly modern stem, and flatbars. I feel sort of bad that this nice old frame has such ugly modern parts on it. But it works.
Cross Check Nexus7, IRO Mark V, Trek 620 Nexus7, Karate Monkey half fat, IRO Model 19 fixed, Amp Research B3, Surly 1x1 half fat fixed, and more...
Got this mid-range "foodge" for the price of a movie. Manufactured in November 1980.
Installed a "NOS" Pleitscher "rat trap" rear rack that came with it, and also a set of SKS fenders that I had on hand. I keep a set of Cannondale panniers, and a Karrimor pannier with a matching Cannondale handlebar bag that I can throw on when needed.
(photo courtesy of Mr. Junkyardbike)
"You didn't see him on the road did you?
"I passed the felly of it on a bike...going like flames."
'We'll pass him before he gets to the main road" said Sholto.
But Sholto had underestimated the speed of his man, who was safe in Taylor's public-house in Swords, drinking in a way that Mr Taylor did not like...
Cyclone MKII group. Matrix Titan rims with 27 x 1/8 gumwalls. Sugino LP triple 48-38-28.
New Bottom Bracket and cables. Weinmann centerpulls. Hyperglide 6 speed.
This replaced my 2006 Trek 1500.
Happy to be back to Old School!!
Last edited by OldRoadman; 06-13-11 at 01:34 PM. Reason: Correct Model # / Pics moved!
Here is a purchase I made less than 1 year ago. 1986 Schwinn Voyageur. It came with all original components in barely used condition. Looked like it was used for just one season and then put into storage. I goofed around with it a bit and used some components which I'd been saving for just such a build up. I also have a Gilles Berthoud chrome front rack (not shown) with arms which reach the mid-fork front rack bosses perfectly. I looked long and carefully for a touring bike frameset with vertical dropouts - which are perfect for mounting fenders and still easily removing wheels... Those always sensible French custom builders were using vertical dropouts on touring bikes since the late 1940s - probably even earlier.
You can see MANY photos - including details of all components (both original and new) HERE
My absolute favorite bike these days. It has everything I could ever want on a bike. I use it for rides of any length. Always a joy to just hop on it and ride anywhere!
My Voyageur as quickly built up 2 weeks after it's arrival.
See slightly larger photo here: HERE
Stem mounted Japanese bell with stainless steel headset bracket [Velo-Orange]
Stainless steel water bottles [Klean Kanteen]
Stainless steel bottle cages [Third a bit excessive - but it does get very hot and dry here]
Honjo "hammered" alloy fenders [modern Japanese copies of French "Le Martele" style by Lefol]
Cheap alloy rack (Ascent "basic") from Nashbar [fits perfectly and is very rigid]
Taillight on rack by VistaLite
Now has a new ASV model Zefal HPX-4 pump [accepts both Schrader & Presta valves automatically]
Original components still used ...
Cartridge bearing hubs [Sansin] 40 + 32 spokes
5-speed Shimano "Twist-tooth" freewheel [MF-Z012], silver finish, 14-26
Super Champion polished alloy model 58 rims, 27" [I have the same in 700c for when these tires die]
Dia-Compe model 981 Cantilevers [hidden adjustment slots drop the arms for 700C rims!]
Dia-compe pulley-type straddle wire carriers... with quick-release levers!
Shimano non-indexed shifters [SL-L422]
Tange chromed steel headset
SR Custom 90mm. stem
Other original components were now replaced here with:
Shimano 105 Triple rear derailleur (RD-5500)
Shimano Double front derailleur (FD-5500) [the logos easily removed leaving just shiny anodized alloy]
Specialites TA crankset - 49x32 rings [I can easily convert to a triple for serious Touring]
SRAM 8-speed chain
Lyotard model 460D pedals [always favorites, basis for the MKS Sylvan Touring pedals]
Nitto Randonneur handlebar 42 cm. [my favorite]
Shimano brake levers (BL-R600) [comfortable and clean looking]
SR/Sakae seatpost (model FS-P5), polished fluted alloy, from 1981 [my favorite posts... ever?]
Brooks Team Professional saddle
^^ Nice job on the Voyager. Just about perfect fender lines.
stronglight: How do you like those sport tops on those Kleen Kanteens? Do they work well?