Hi! I recently got a good deal an old, but unused minivelo frame in one of the bike shops here in the Philippines. It was in my size (53cm TT) so I grabbed it. Besides, the price was too good to resist.
The frame is lugged steel, weighing a bit under five pounds. These bikes were called "semi-racers" or "mini-racers", and were popular over here in the 70's and early 80's i think, but not in recent years.
After building it up and doing a few rides with it, I've found the handlebars to be a bit low. I've been looking for either a long quilled stem, or a stem extender, they don't seem to be available in the local bike shops here. I know I can order from the internet and have it shipped over here, but considering what the bike has cost me so far (~$100) I'm not keen on pursuing that route.
I think my best bet, considering the local parts availability would be to get BMX handlebars and get it over with, but something tells me it just won't look right. Would you put BMX handlebars on this bike just to get the handlebars up?
53cm minivelo steel lugged frame
Araya 451 wheels
Local 20 X 1-3/8" tires (only tires i could find over here)
Stainless steel spokes
BMX rear hub, Shimano front hub
Shimano BB, square taper
Shimano Acera cranks, 48 T single chainring
BMX freewheel, 16T
Kalloy seatpost, 410mm X 26mm
Cheap quilled stem, about 4" rise.
"Arc" shaped handlebars (not sure of the brand)
Grips wrapped with cork tape
Tange standard 1" headset