they are indeed the DC's. i love 'em. i didn't have canti bosses on the bike-- and i also needed a front rack, and ain't too partial to the look of one with d clips around the forks-- so i split the dif, and went centerpulls with the ENE front rack that lives on the centerpull bolts. super glad i did. besides the fact that i really don't like dual pivot brakes.. they feel cheap. they DO NOT feel like any old squishy weinmanns either... not quite as monster modulation as a paul racer-- but man are they way better than any tektro i've ever laid hands on.
oh.. and meanwhile-- full friction.
It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.
This is my fully loaded mostly self sustaining summer-touring set up century bike. I am yet to Rando officially and this is how I have done a lot of my riding so far, completed 6 consecutive daily centuries in October on this. Day 3 pictured...
Very nice. What are those handlebars? Looks like a nice shape for long rides. What's the gearing? Fixed or coastable?
Completed many centuries and brevets....but not on this Wateford.......this weekend will be the first.
Gilles Berthound Bag, Nitto Cages and Rack, Supernova Front Light, White Industries Wide Range Double, White BB, SS couplers, Paul Brakes and Moon Unit Hanger, Soldered Cables, Honjo Fender, Brooks saddle, Nitto Everything, Phil R. Hub, Ultegra Drivetrain, Brooks tape, Schmidt Front Hub. SWEET!
see Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/randomi...ted=5453601548
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^Classic! I love it.
ive done a century on my panasonic
2005 Jamis Comet - Road Bike
1987 Panasonic Sport DX - Commuter
Good-looking bike, but unless the camera did funny things, that top tube is the shortest I've ever seen!
My first ever century was in 1989 (RAGBRAI, Iowa) on a Frankenstein bike built around a Chiorda frame found in a dumpster.
My second Century was in 1991 (Also on a RAGBRAI) on this 1987 Trek Elance 400T:
My third Century will be this coming Sunday May 01 (Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride) on the same bike!
Fat is sweat, on the wrong side of your skin.
The newest of the "Cycles Noel" marque is a 700c "sportif" frame, meant for club rides, fast centuries and 200ks, etc. It is typical of 1940s-1950s French builds, but isn't directly copied from anything in particular. Overall I'm quite pleased with it; it's the lightest and fastest bike I've built. I got the fenders too close to the tires, though, and will be installing some slightly smaller tires to compensate. I also "improved" my fork raking jig, with the result being a very cheap-looking "kink" instead of the nice tight radius it used to make. Progress...
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This was my primary rando bike a few years ago, now re-purposed as the ultimate "muletisme" for off-road riding. I spread the stays to 145 and added a "pac-man" braze-on for a drum brake. Then I turned and polished an Arai drum and installed it on a pair of Shimano's tandem hubs laced into 40-hole 650b rims.
I use it as a drag brake for long, unpaved downhills. It's connected to an old friction mountain bike shift lever on the handlebars, so I just set it to provide the required level of modulation for the conditions, and use the rim brakes where necessary. I used to have a problem with overheating rims in such situations, but no more! I also added interrupter levers to give me an additional spot from which to brake. My hands used to cramp from holding the brake levers on long downhills...
And finally, the super low gearing - 30 ring and 12-32 cassette - allow me to climb essentially anything, even with my kid's trailer attached (note the hitch under the saddle).
Between the extra cables and levers, and the fact that I touched up the powdercoat around the new braze-ons with a rattle can, it's a pretty unattractive bike in my estimation - but it's also one of the most enjoyable in my collection. And you should see the looks on the faces of the guys with the dual-suspension downhill bikes!
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Thanks, Robert. The fenders are the "undrilled" 35mm Honjos Velo Orange is getting rid of. It's an "extra long" front, per V/O. Still not enough to keep my feet dry in the rain, but I'm not putting a mudflap on "performance" bike.
Anyway, one more bike and I'll give everyone their thread back.
This is my recently completed restoration of an early Raleigh Sports. Stainless rims, Soma "Lauterwasser" bars, and marshmallow-like Velo Orange sprung saddle. Slowest bike I guess I've ever owned, but truly enjoyable once you give up any pretense of keeping up with, well, pretty much anyone else. Longest I've done so far is a "metric" century; 62 miles. Some day when I have plenty of time, I'll take it for an Imperial century - at an average of 12 MPH (not counting breaks to tamp my pipe ) I'll need a long summer day to get it all in!
Six Jours, those are some beautiful and extremely useful looking bikes you've built.
Too bad the silver one's fork (also a "Cycles Noel"; I just never got around to decalling it) is for 650b - with cantilever bosses.
I like the "sportif" well enough that I'll probably make another fork for it someday. I used a Ritchie crown (that I've had floating around for the last few years, waiting for a suitable project) but he no longer sells to small builders. Maybe I'll try the fancy crown and blades Jan Heine/Compass Cycles is selling...