This is my new SS
I was hit by a motorist in February, and a friend threw this together for me as a get well gift. Other than the brake levers, it's all Campagnolo(even the hoops). Soon I'll convert it back to a geared bike with period correct components, but this works for me(for now).
Nah, she looks good, a real back killer with that saddle to bar drop but if you're flexible enough to ride it, go for it.
Incidentally, I've never understood that 'the end of the bars must be parallel to the ground' advice. It puts the run to the brake levers at a downward angle ie, they don't support you and puts the ends of the bars at the wrong angle to support you. I honestly think it's something that comes from the 'we must have a formula' era when all sorts of foolishness (like KOPS) became law.
If that were my bike, I'd rotate those bars up so the run to the brakes was either flat or at an angle that supports your hand, then slide the brake levers forwards until you get a smooth transition from bars to brake hoods. I'd get some real pedals too, but I can't see the point in clipless for every day riding. And a nice leather saddle so you can ride it for longer than fifteen minutes without padded panties.
You should see me when I REALLY start getting heretical.
I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it
it's an old 82 panasonic i bought off kijiji to convert and i used the original lever which has 2 levers on it for different positions and looks something like:
I swapped in a 20 tooth cog this evening to take care of the steep gearing issue... now I can run a 72/79 gearing.
It also keeps the bike from rolling / falling if you use it as parking brake...
Just finished her. What do you think.