The Improbable Bulk
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Darwin and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Well, the Ted Williams Free Spirit has arrived in Pennsylvania from Nebraska, and has been unpacked.
Assembly is in progress, and I will not be likely to do any "in progress" pics since it is pretty much a done bike except for a few mods.
I will be going fenderless, and going with a Nitto Technomic Stem and Noodle bar with Shimano 600 levers (the stem and levers provided by 23skidoo) with black Cane Creek hoods that I have read are supposed to be reasonable replacements for the Shimano levers (not perfect, but close enough).
23skidoo has started the sanding of the stem to accommodate the french sized headset, and I will be completing that, and then installing the bar and wrapping with black cork wrap.
I will also shortly be adding a Pletscher style rack, since it just seems so appropriate for a Free Spirit.
What I haven't decided yet is what to put on the Pletscher style rack.
I have a Kalloy seat post I will be using, and had the LBS confirm the seat post size, and ream the seat tube, after removing the shim that was in place to accomodate the steel seat post that Ted had. I think I may have a 27.2 laprade style post (modern) that would look a little more "vintage" on the bike, but I am not sure where it is right now.
Depending on how things go with the current wheels, I may switch to wheels down the road with hooked rims so I can inflate to higher pressure.
I should be able to post pictures by the end of the long weekend, so stay tuned. I am excited to ride my first 531 bike.