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My Windsor Tourist after 750 miles and Modifications

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Old 06-02-08, 07:05 PM
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My Windsor Tourist after 750 miles and Modifications

After 750 miles of commuting and a lot of tinkering, I have my bike set up the way I like it. My $600 Windsor Tourist ended up costing ~$1000 after I was done. ...but I really like my bike now. I added fenders and panniers. I replaced the stem with Nitto Technomic and handlebars with Nitto Noodles. I switched to bar end shifters, which required me to swap out all cable and housing. I also swapped the saddle for an E3 Gel Form saddle which I love. Thank you all for the advice on bike mechanics, component selection, and commuting experiences.



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Very nice! And definitely a good choice for a classy commuter bike. I'm always pleased to see a bike with lowrider mounts, even if they're not being used. It's always good to have lots of options.
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Looks much better than stock. That stem is excellent.
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Thanks. It has sort of turned into a (relatively) poor man's Rivendell Atlantis. This is the first road bike I have ever owned, and I discovered that I am a retro lover. I think threaded headsets and quill stems are better than threadless. I also like platform pedals, and I have switched to friction shifting on bar ends after on of the STI levers that came with the bike broke.
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Awesome! What a great way to spend a thousand $$$. You've got yourself a very competent bike for commuting, and it's all you. Good job. Great setup! Thanks for the pictures.
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The Tiagra brifters broke? They are still under warranty. You should send them back so BD will send you a new pair. Then Ebay them to offset the cost of at least some of the changes you've made. Or at least sell the non-broken one. Someone is always looking for a single.
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looks nice! I went a bit cheaper and bought a Dawes Lightning sport... it has indexed stem shifters, and I also got a stem extender to bring the bars up even with my seat...

added - speedez fenders (great fenders!)
- handlebar bag, seat bag (Bell)
- I use a backpack as my "trunk"

I recognize the light setup up have because I have the same thing...
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The Tiagra brifters broke? They are still under warranty. You should send them back so BD will send you a new pair. Then Ebay them to offset the cost of at least some of the changes you've made. Or at least sell the non-broken one. Someone is always looking for a single.
I did sell the right brifter after the left broke. I also sold the original pedals, handlebars, stem, and front derailleur. I'm only about $800 in the hole right now factoring ebay sales and gas savings from commuting.

I didn't pursue warranty replacement because I'm probably responsible for breaking the lever. The Tiagra front derailleur is tricky to get adjusted. I'm still not sure what happened exactly, but I was trying to adjust the front derailleur and it wouldn't shift all the way out. No matter where I set the limit screws or cable tension, it would only stay in the two lowest chainrings. I kept fiddling with it and somehow the cable got in a bind and the high tension on the cable broke the brifter internally. In a fit of frustration, I removed the front derailleur and sold it on ebay. I rode around for about 200 miles with no front derailleur. After selling the old one, I replaced the front derailleur with a campagnolo model. The campagnolo derailleur was a breeze for me to set up and adjust, so I am not what I did wrong with the original Tiagra derailleur.

Live and learn I guess....This bike has taught me a lot about bike mechanics.
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