babylon by bike
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New Haven, CT, USA
Bikes: Road, Cargo, Tandem, Etc.
I think it is worth it. The Espresso is pretty much the same thing. Here's the form mine eventually took.
Apparently MTB and Road front deraileurs do not play with STI's the same way --- you need a road der. if you want to do the front. Since the bike is heavy, you should keep it double. I had an MTB crank on hand... anyway, Shimano's CX70 FD will work with STI's and still do top pull, which is necessary for this bike. I have one but have not installed it yet. The top pull FD in the photo rubs too much. I used some free old Sora 3x8 shifters. A good saddle and a new seatpost helped the weight a lot.
The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. Christopher Morley
Last edited by Standalone; 03-06-14 at 05:56 AM.