Short version: It's a Basso!
Long version: It's still a Basso! But it's really a long story....
Ten or fifteen years ago my father in law made some upgrades to his bike, which was an early 90's Specialized road bike. He gave me the stuff he took off, which was Shimano 105 8 speed sti's, derailleurs, cranks, and some other bits. I tried selling the stuff once or twice, but always found myself asking more than the market would bear, from which I was forced to conclude I wanted to keep it. So I decided I would build a bike with it, if I found the appropriate frame.
And then I proceeded to pick up some more components from that same group. The great Box-O-Crap that went around a year ago came my way with a pair of 1056 pedals, and left without them. Kurt offered a 1055 headset in the for-sale forum, and I snapped it up. Before long, I had pretty much everything. I put it all on a very nice early 80's frame, which was blue, so I got blue bar tape and blue cable housing for that. But (alas!) that frame proved a little too big for me; too long. I like a short top tube.
Then in December I saw this Basso Gap frame on ebay for a $150 buy-it-now price, and I thought, yes, that will do. I put the money down.
Once the frame was in the stand I realized some things were still missing, so I placed an order... screwed that up and had to try again... and the necessaries continued to pile up in December and the first week of January. Last Wednesday the last package arrived, with a bottom bracket in it, and I put it all together. Ha! It all seemed to work.
Not having a chance to test ride it, I rode it to work on Friday. That worked out pretty well. I stopped a few times to adjust the seat forward, then up, then forward some more; changed the angle of the handle bar; futzed with the fender line (this thing has close tolerances). Fiddled with it some more Friday around which time TimmyT arrived and we downed a couple beers while I changed the seat, pumped up the tires, and added a few cheap battery-powered LED lights (I prefer dynamo lighting, but this didn't seem the bike for it).
It all looked good. Well, it looked pretty strange to my eye, being purple (which I can't even see, but it looks like blue to me, and I like blue) and green (I can't always see green, but this green I can see) and blue (). But it looked like a bike.
We went to bed late and got up early, hit the dark and foggy roads at 6 AM, rode through low hanging clouds until we could legitimately stop for breakfast. It did eventually get light, but we never saw the sun. The roads were wet all day long, even though it never really rained.
We put in a total of 105 miles on Saturday, and I have to say this bike is okay. It more or less disappears under you. I can't call the ride magical; way too bumpy for that. And even with the skimpiest fenders I could find, the tires seem to be maxed out at 23 mm. I don't really understand why they make bikes that won't take fatter tires, but whatever.
Anyway, without further ado, here are some photos I took on Sunday.
The pump is a Topeak Master Blaster Road. It fits the frame nicely. I don't like using it, but it handles very high pressures.
Crud Guard road fenders. They seem to be the best suited fenders to a bike like this; vintage Bluemels would be all wrong and probably wouldn't fit anyway. They wangle around a bit on the bumps, and Tim complained that they made an occasional rubbing noise, but he did not complain about getting sprayed with road grime so I consider the fenders a success.
Like I said, I bought the blue bar tape and blue cable housing for a different bike. But since blue and purple are indistinguishable to me, they look about right. Note the cheap LED lights on handlebar (obvious!) and the Planet Bike "Spok" safety light on the front fender (aw, isn't that cute...). If you're going to ride a century in January, you need lights. The daylight hours are too short.
More Shimano 1055 / 1056 components than you can shake a stick at! This is not, in my opinion, the ugliest group ever made (Mavic starfish crank, anyone? ) though it deserves an honorable mention. But it suits the bike.
RHM#3 saddle. This was the Brooks Pro frame I rode to its demise 1980-1995 and was the third saddle I recovered. Not a great success, but I reworked it a year later with hammered rivets and lots of holes in the top in the manner of Ottussi. Note the stamps on the side: Shimano 11t cassette cogs! It is actually a pretty comfortable saddle.
Oh, yeah, it's goofy, but I even stamped the rivets.
Anyway, there you have it. My winter build. Frame and components all "period correct" for 1993. It's a fun and fast bike. Top tube might be a little long for me, but really my only complaint is that there's no room for fatter tires and better fenders.