Those are some good photos, Cuda. Nice to see another vintage Gazelle out there.
This afternoon I stripped all the cork of my handle bars and, greatly inspired by the purists here on this
forum, re-wrapped with Tressostar, the Dobbins way. Ah, the true look of seventies pro racers! Slim bars with subdued
colors. On the roll as I was, next came the dusty, bone dry chunk of unbending leather over in the
corner, masquerading as a French bicycle saddle. Proudly displaying these true vintage articles I hauled
the bike out on the street and did 60 miles....
...which was not a pleasant experience. My hands were all over the bars hunting for the former cush &
comfort of thick syntho-cork, but found none. All I discovered was numbing fingers and pressure points
more associated with swinging a framing hammer all day. The saddle was, to continue the carpentry
metaphors, like a two by four on edge. That thing will never, ever break in.
So, in the name of esthetics and period correctness I took a colossal step rearwards in riding comfort. Or
maybe I'm just too soft. Too many hours surfing Bikeforums instead of hammering out the miles. I do like
the look of that bartape though.