Yup, I'm a heretic. I'm an aging cyclist with enough information to be dangerous, not enough to know what he's talking about (though I can do an excellent impersonation) and this insane belief that in the eighties, we knew how to make bikes for the masses but can now only make bikes for bloody cafe racers
Yes, you may deduce that I've been reading the Rivendell site - it is really, really sad when you come across sites that preach the dark side and you immediately fall to your knees and start eyeing the siamese cat as a potential sacrifice. Actually, I've had this reaction before, when reading Llewellyn's site, who just happens to be a one man firm making lugged steel frames ... much like Rivendell do only he makes them himself, and is an aussie too
But I'm babbling.
No, don't deny it, I'm babbling.
Those of you who've read a few of my recent threads, and have found them interesting enough to remember some particulars (and please don't feel ashamed if you don't remember me - you are allowed to be normal, even in this forum ), will remember that I have a beloved eighties bike (my Europa, see avatar) that, now that I have finally achieved something resembling fitness and strength (allow me the delusion please), fits like the glove it used to when I was a fit, young man. I also have a nearly new Trek520 which fit last year when I was soft and returning to cycling (and the Europa didn't) but which doesn't now
I am so glad I didn't shell out for a custom made bike at the time.
Recently, I asked about bars. As a result of that thread, the UPS are lovingly ferrying a Nitto Noodle (size 46) across your great land and the waters separating it from mine Should be here next week. Incidentally, shipping costs are about the same as the purchase price of the bars
I'm hoping that'll fix my reach problems.
But, I keep looking at my Europa with its elegant quill stem.
I look at Rivendell bikes with their elegant quill stems.
I know that I would probably like a bit more height on the Trek's bars but now that she's wearing the biggest, highest, nastiest stem that BBB make am unlikely to get it ... and she looks bloody horrible into the bargain. Of course, I could bolt on a stem extension and fit another bolt on stem ... so many bolts when the right quill uses none of them.
Is it possible to convert a modern stem to the old quill system?
Is this desirable? We can assume it's probably financial lunacy.
too much time thinking about bikes, fortunately, most of it is while sitting on one of the bikes
and yes, feel free to hijack this thread ... it probably deserves it.