I got my bike all ready now. Yesterday I got my drive train replaced. Got a new crank, cassette, and rear derailleur. Got a new chain, some new handlebar tape, new cables, new brakes, and a set of full fenders.
I'll be getting my new tires next week! 22 more days!
Oh yeah I hit 2000 miles in 3 months today!
Yeah, there are apparently a lot of people who can't drive across the bridge, too scary. My mother-inlaw is one of them! I didn't know about them taking cyclists across though, I just figured on the ferry. The Michigan Cyclists website showed some great pics along with a link to some homes that welcome in cyclists like B & B's.
I was drunk at the time.
Homemade frame cribbed from a 1938 Reyhand, lots of Velo-Orange parts (cranks, bars, rack, main bearings, rims, fenders), mostly Shimano drivetrain (still don't why they make 9 and 10 speed indexed DT levers; I've got to be the only one buying them), Tektro cantilevers with 50 year old Mafac levers, a gigantic sofa of a saddle from Brooks (B33) and my all-time favorite tires; the 650b 42 mm Grand Bois Hetre.
The Carradice bag is temporary; just a placeholder until the Berthoud panniers arrive next week. Still not really a "loaded" touring bike, but the closest thing I've got.
Glad you like it!
"Copied". I build frames as a hobby and mostly steal old French designs of the 1930s and 40s.
And yeah, everybody assumes it's a GT, which kind of bums me out, but oh well. The "triple triangle" design has been around for at least a hundred years and was used on some of the finest cyclotouring bikes ever built, way back in the day.
Good to see you around, Mike. Hope the family's doing well. Our oldest will be five soon, which is kind of hard to believe.
I rode the bike at one of the local club events and the owner of the host shop - a "guru" according to some - said "Nice GT". I said "Actually, I built the frame myself" and he replied "I know a GT when I see one." I asked something along the lines of "So GT built touring frames with Henry James lugs, eh?" and he just repeated his belief that he "knows a GT when he sees one". Which kind of reinforced my opinion about "gurus" in the SoCal bike scene. But yeah, most folks just see the triple triangle and make the assumption. C'est la vie...
Family is good. Oldest 4 1/2 now. Youngest almost 1 year.
Little riding for me. Lots of brevet organizing and dreaming of a day when I can rack up the miles again. Soon, I hope. Looking forward to a 3 - 4 day dirt tour. Just have to put it on the calendar.
Really nice looking bikes you've posted up. Regardless of what a guru thinks.
Got my trans american bicycle route map set in the mail. Got the new tires on ( schwalbe marathon mondial's), got a rear view mirror, and I got one more week till I leave! Nothing like a new adventure. For me its whats life's all about!
No offense at all. I'm flattered that you like the bike!
I took my recently acquired and modified 1990ish Univega Via Carisma on her first real shakedown ride today to the Oakland hills before doing some seeerious bike camping next weekend in the Santa Cruz mountains. Nothing fell off. Nothing blew up. I nearly did both.
[QUOTE=Joe Padilla;14161338]Yeah thats a light mount, I ride to work everyday and its dark on the way home, and with my new handlebar bag I had to mount my light somewere. I tried to mount to the bottom of my front fork but it sat to low for the other cars to see my light and my rim blocked some of the light so I took it to the car shop next to my work and the rigged it up with some tubing and zip cords! Its on there tight too!
very nice neighbour hood
My Bacchetta Bellandare at the start of an overnight trip.
Just a slight update to show the cute little Berthoud panniers which arrived this afternoon. Almost embarrassing to post this as a "loaded" touring bike...
cute little is right, kinda funny being so small, but certainly add to the whole period look dont they? Didnt say before, but that really is a nice looking bike.
question-can you describe how the multi-coiled Brooks feels like riding, it looks like it would be moving all over the place and would feel very strange. Just curious.
The panniers hold a spare tire, a tube, a patch kit, tire levers, C02 inflator, Allen wrench set, and a compact binocular. I could probably cram in a rain jacket or something similar, but that's it. So they're not the most useful panniers I've ever heard of, but they do meet my needs at this point. They're not going to cut it for extended touring, if it ever comes to that.
The saddle moves all over the place and feels very strange. I'm getting used to it, but it's a very odd feeling right now. It is comfortable, though.