I picked up this frame in April on eBay (unknowingly out-bidding another C&V'er. Sorry). It came with a NR bottom bracket and Campy cable guides as well as having Campy dropouts. I have wanted to build it up using period NR. This, as you know can get pretty pricey. I don't have those kind of resources (see my signature). I did however, score a really nice set of 70's cranks before I ran out of money. Thusly it became wall-art for going on seven months.
Eventually I got tired of seeing it just hanging on the wall. I decided that I would build it up as a coaster just to get it moving like a good bike should. This was a cheap, alternative solution to an expensive problem: no brake calipers or levers, no dérailleurs, no shifters, and no need to source some nice 27" rims, AND, it would still move... and stop (good combination)
All I had to do now was find a nice, non-Japanese hub to go with the Record front. Both were to be laced to Wolber Super Champion Gentleman 81's (did they really need to make the name that long?). Hmmm...
Too the Mac cave!
Once again the interweb and it's series of tubes led me in the right direction... to eBay. I scored a NOS Fitchel & Sachs Komet Super from a nice guy who mostly deals in vintage auto parts. After I had done a little research and all that I had read led me to believe that this was a good score for $15.oo I made the buy. Three days later I had it laced and with the addition of some cheap Wald cruiser bars it was ready to go.
Chain-line is nearly perfect. I was going to use a guard ring on the crank, but since the F&S cog required me to use a 1/8 chain that the chain-ring spacing did not allow for I had to nix the idea until I can muster up some bolt spacers.
To sum it up, it rides beautifully, and looks darn spiffy.
Sorry for the somewhat long-winded story, but my fiancee gets tired of me talking about the bikes. I don't hold it against her because she still loves to ride them. So without further ado, the pictures.
I didn't know that my windowsill was that warped
NR cranks Chorus pedals Campy clips and old Christophe straps
BTW I used a small piece of rubber to keep the CB clamp from scratching the chainstay
That is one cool oil port.
Prugnat lugs and gold pin-striping. Classy.
Cheop-o steel Wald cruiser bars and a polished SR stem.
I like the handlebar wrap as opposed to grips for multiple hand positions. Plus it looks nice IMO.
White spit-shined Turbo saddle (military school was good for something) rounds out the look.
Now I just have to find some nice metal buttons to fill in all those unnecessary bolt-holes. Oh yeah, maybe some chrome fenders... yeah, fenders.