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Old 04-09-19, 12:20 PM
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Went for a test ride and then finished it up.




I started the project calling it a coffee shop bike, but now I think I have a better destination in mind...
Brilliant! No front derailleur? Really good call on colormatching the stem - looks really elegant!
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Old 04-09-19, 12:27 PM
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Brilliant! No front derailleur? Really good call on colormatching the stem - looks really elegant!
No front derailleur because I did not need the full gear range. This is a casual bike for shorts and flip flops on the way to the coffee shop (or winery) as the mood strikes. It will not be hard to add later if I desire.

I contemplated painting or highlighting the lugs, but wanted it as understated as you can be with Celeste!
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Old 04-09-19, 12:32 PM
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No front derailleur because I did not need the full gear range. This is a casual bike for shorts and flip flops on the way to the coffee shop (or winery) as the mood strikes. It will not be hard to add later if I desire.

I contemplated painting or highlighting the lugs, but wanted it as understated as you can be with Celeste!
Good stuff - or you can always manually change the front if you come across a unusually strong headwind. That's en vogue for low-maintenance bikepacking rigs, providing a bailout gear for 1x drivetrains.
Love the fender choice, too! Brings to mind mid-century oversize sedans, like a Bel Air.
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Old 04-13-19, 03:45 PM
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First trip to the winery to pick up our shipment. Handled the weight up front just fine. Next time I will get six bottles, just because I can. The gearing was perfect for riding with my wife who has a Bianchi Milano Dama 8 speed. I had to wear my wool jersey that was hand-made in Italy for this special occasion!


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Old 04-13-19, 11:52 PM
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A wine Porteur is a bike I can get behind, well done. How are you liking the VO saddle? I picked up one of the on-sale ones for a current build project.
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Old 04-14-19, 11:53 AM
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The VO saddle is rock-hard, like a new Brooke's. It is going to take a couple of hundred miles to break it in, but the fit is perfect. It feels the same as my B-17 when it was new. I could not pass up the sale price when they had their yard sale!
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Sweet conversion! You just gave me some inspiration!
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Old 04-29-19, 01:08 PM
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Sweet conversion! You just gave me some inspiration!
Thank you, It has been a fun ride. It has provided a great excuse to get out and enjoy the spring riding!

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Bought six bottles, just because I could... and then climbed 10 miles back to the house over some 10% grades!

The rack held the weight with no problem. I had to be careful when standing to not throw the bike side to side too much.

I am going to have to rig a bungee inside to stop the rattling.


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Bought six bottles, just because I could... and then climbed 10 miles back to the house over some 10% grades!

The rack held the weight with no problem. I had to be careful when standing to not throw the bike side to side too much.

I am going to have to rig a bungee inside to stop the rattling.


I would never cry over spilled milk..... spilled wine? that is a whole different matter. May I suggest some straw and a cargo net
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A friend had a front derailleur that he was not using, so I put it on this weekend. I also swapped out the wine box for a Wald 137 basket, just to see which I preferred.


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I love what you did for this bike !
BUT, in all the photos, after it first went together, it looks like the drive side bead on the rear tire wasn't seated right - It was driving me CRAZY !!
Did the bead work itself out ? Please tell me it did ......
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I love what you did for this bike !
BUT, in all the photos, after it first went together, it looks like the drive side bead on the rear tire wasn't seated right - It was driving me CRAZY !!
Did the bead work itself out ? Please tell me it did ......
It took a number of times pumping up and letting air out, going for test rides and then using a spray bottle with water to lube the rim until it finally seated correctly!
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I really like the Wald basket. Quieter, lighter and more aerodynamic. I have a Swift Industries bag on order that cost more than the bike!

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