Old 07-08-20, 01:55 PM
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Bikes: 87 Marinoni SLX Sports Tourer, 79 Miyata 912 by Gugificazione

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I’ll play, since my late night thoughts go down these lines.

Frame: Either L’Avecaise or custom LyonSport from Jeff Lyon. I’m also intrigued by Terraferma, but Lyon is more likely since I could actually visit him with my current fave bike for fit consultation and conversation about the points of vacillation below. Definitely a sport tourer geometry, but long-range gravel isn’t a requirement.

Terraferma Cycles

Color: probably something slightly metallic, single color. Lyon’s Flickr album shows many delightful examples:


Wheels/Tires: I vacillate between 700C and 650B, tires from Rene Herse. I ride 62-63cm fames, and the 650’s can look a bit awkward with a big frame, but love their comfort on our crappy pavement and nimble feel. Not sure if fat enough 700’s would sacrifice that nimble feel. Shimano hubs - 600 tricolor or Ultegra with my custom 8-speed cassettes. If 650B, I already have the wheels!

Group: Continue with my beloved Sachs Ergo 8-speed (lots of spare brifters in the inventory), 110/74 triple crank like the Sugino AT or Specialized Flag on an SKF square taper BB.

Saddle: Also beloved Gilles Berthoud Aravis, color based on frame, etc.

Brakes: Another vacillation - cantis for fat tire installation ease, or brazed-post centerpulls for easier setup? Fenders are easy with either.

Stem, bars: That chrome fillet-brazed steel stem on the reworked Lyon in the latest BQ is gorgeous! I’d like to try Randoneur-bend bars, if the geometry can be worked for my short torso, bar height, and their longer reach compare to Noodles.

Headset: Something with roller bearings, assuming that works with the stem above.

Bag: Love the convenience of the rando front bag on the Miyata with it’s Gugificazione lower trail, so another of those, custom built by Dave Cain at Waxwing.

Waxwing Bag Co. - Home

Fenders: Enough room for Berthoud stainless, but they’d be seasonal, since we often put two bikes in a car for transport to 3-season rides, and fenders really complicate that. They have worked well when the Marinoni is in 650B configuration for the winter.

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