Advice and opinions are very appreciated
I'm going larger on the frame and geared 2x6 (with thumb shifters), upgrading tires, switching to inverse brake levers, etc...
Townie by (cobrabyte), on Flickr
The new frame will be a Gitane Olympic Record II which fits the bill quite nicely. I'm going to have it powdercoated the same sandstone color as the frame above, and will be outlining the lugs with maroon or black
1977 Gitane Olympic Record II by (cobrabyte), on Flickr
Most parts from the Gitane have been assigned to other projects.
Starting off is the gearing portion; I've got some ideas so far:
So i have a nice set of vintage Dura Ace cranks and no chainrings. I'm going to use them.
Drivetrain Close Up by (cobrabyte), on Flickr
I came across these Surly Stainless Steel 130mm BCD rings and was wondering if anyone has had experience with them?
I'd like to use a 38T inside ring and a 48T outside ring. I plan to set it up with a 14-28T 6 speed rear freewheel assembly which should give me a nice easy gearing for puttering around town.
I will be visiting my LBS for advice and to order the Surly rings if they suit the need. I was hoping those C&V folks who have done something similar could provide some feedback on how well the rings shift. I'm also open to advice on what my 6 speed freewheel range should be. I haven't done the math yet. I live in a fairly flat area, no hills to really speak of, but we get some strong winds. I will be loading the front pretty often with food and beer, and sometimes attaching a trailer. My rear derailleur can handle up to a 28T I believe? (Suntour VX GT)
I'll try to update this thread as things progress, just for fun.