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Pulled the Trigger, Papillionaire Cafe Racer

Old 05-19-16, 04:34 PM
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Pulled the Trigger, Papillionaire Cafe Racer

A couple of surprises. First, shipping is free. Second, the frame and fork are powder coated.

$645 including the optional leather saddle and 8 speed Nexus hub. I got the cream 700x35 Kenda Kwest tires. I didn't get the optional leather grips because I make my own.

The maroon was 15% off which saved more than $100. I guess they are overstocked on that color.
At any rate, it was my favorite of the 5 colors.

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Old 05-19-16, 04:36 PM
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I'm sure it will be a fine riding bike. Wheelbase is huge, which would make it a nice touring bike I imagine.
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It looks like a fun bike to ride, at a good price. Report back on the ride, if you would!
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Old 05-19-16, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
I'm sure it will be a fine riding bike. Wheelbase is huge, which would make it a nice touring bike I imagine.
I'm hoping so. Fat tires, long chain stays, skinny chromoly tubes, modern brakes.
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Old 05-19-16, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by jyl View Post
It looks like a fun bike to ride, at a good price. Report back on the ride, if you would!
Thanks, I sure will. Fingers crossed that quality is up to snuff.
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Cool beans. Not my cuppa tea, especially w/o drop bars but it's undeniably stylin'.

Those Shimano 8-speed hubs are very finicky about cable pull, so you have to get it set just right, but it's worth the effort.
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Old 05-19-16, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Cool beans. Not my cuppa tea, especially w/o drop bars but it's undeniably stylin'.

Those Shimano 8-speed hubs are very finicky about cable pull, so you have to get it set just right, but it's worth the effort.
Thank you. If the Nexus is a bust there's Alfine, and even Alfine Di2!

The frame has semi-horizontal dropouts so a derailleur with claw is a possibility.

I will run an upside down north road bar. I have a brand new chrome steel one waiting.

I saw this chrome steel stem at Velo Orange.

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New bike day! Pointy lugs!
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New bike day! Pointy lugs!
Thank you.
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I've been trying to guess what "Papillionaire" means.

"Lord of the Butterflies"?
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Originally Posted by upthywazzoo View Post
I've been trying to guess what "Papillionaire" means.

"Lord of the Butterflies"?
Butterfly farts. : ))
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Butterfly farts. : ))
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@upthywazzoo It's like a gazillionaire, except richer. Or not as rich. Still waiting for someone to give a definitive answer on that.
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the correct translation is 28 pounds of butterflies.

30, if you add the steel stem and bars.
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Papilionaire or more correctly Papilion aires. The attitude you put on after watching a particular film staring Steve McQueen.

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Originally Posted by GeoKrpan View Post
Butterfly farts. : ))
The only time they fly in a straight line.
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