Well, this weekend I took my newly updated Raleigh Twenty out for a spin in the Joshua Tree National Park, picture attached (more pictures of the park can be found at www.robertsdvd.net/phlog).
My impressions thus far:
Powergrips: gotta go, they were free, and good thing too. I'll be getting some toe clips and straps soon.
Steering: wooo, scary at high speeds!
Cockpit: I have no idea why I decided to go back with flat bars, I think it was the whole - no one makes thumb shifters for internal gears anymore so all I had was the twist shifter, which - yes there are ways to work them on drop bars but I dunno. Anyway, the flat bars... I just don't know... my left hand always gets the brunt of the pain and numbness on flat bars, I might raise them up more. I'm also seriously pondering getting some albatrosses or dove bars and doing a more upright cafe cruiser ride out of the whole lot. Very fluid. The most comfortable bikes I've ridden have always had more upright than not, terrible lower back pains usually for me, docs always just say "uh, try calisthenics." Though, my bike back in Mass has drops and they usually worked out well on my back, so maybe this little guy will get drops... then I just have to do the whole where to put the shifter thing again.
Speaking of shifting, so far I'm pretty unimpressed with the SRAM Spectro P5... as compared to their 3-speed, this thing ain't so great. Ghost shifts and poor shifting a lot, gonna try adjusting cable length to help.
So, parts list to date:
RST Suspension fork (threaded at Harriscyclery, other places wouldn't do it, but you can count on Harris cyclery!)
Shimano 105 headset
Shimano front canti's (the new BR ones, pretty nice they are)
Zoom adjustable stem
Ritchey flat bar
Bar ends picked up at the Bicyclekitchen here in LA
Third eye mirror
Ritchey WCS brake levers (had them sitting around in my toolbox from an SS I built a few years back)
Thomson seat post
Brooks Conquest saddle
Sachs P5 hub
Sugino RD cranks
Shimano UN72 113mm BB from ebay
MKS quick release pedals
Original rear brakes with Eagle 2 pads
Front wheel is 406, Primo comet tire
Rear wheel is 451, Primo comet tire
So, yeah, still debating the cockpit, will try raising it up a bit, but... maybe the cruiser bars... or drops, who knows... don't want to have to switch out the saddle and I don't think the conquest would be so good with cruiser bars. This is my only bike right now, took the parts with me from Boston when I came out to LA, my 3 speed road bike is still in MA... and I don't think I'm staying in LA, probably off to Portland, so I'm not sure what my riding will be like.... whatever... work in progress. ramble ramble ramble.