Recall the bush bike's original form:
The whole process was longer than expected...mostly due to stripping and painting. Some things to note:
- The chrome fork. I couldn't use the stock fork with "industry standard" 700c wheels because even "extra long reach" caliper brakes wouldn't reach the rim. This was a bummer because I spent upwards of two hours filing the axle eyelets to fit a modern axle. Oh well. The chrome one looks nice and was inexpensive.
- The chain. Another unforeseen bummer. The chain I ordered online wasn't long enough. Yeesh. And because my local bike shop only carries half-link chains I had to get one of those. It's funny looking, but reportedly stronger. We'll see.
- Only one brake, and no, it's not a fixed gear, just a single speed. A rear brake won't work for the same reason the stock fork wouldn't work. Now I've read, heard, and had explained to me by a physics professor, that the majority of braking is done by your front brakes. So that's fine. And I've never gone over the handle-bars either, which Lord Sheldon says rarely happens. So I'm thinking we're ok. We'll see.
- The brake lever. It's one these cross-style "interrupters" which are great, small, torquefull, and versatile, but they don't give you the hood-of-the-brake riding position for drop handle-bars. Thus, I'm reduced to the tight / upright or low / back-pain-inducing positions. We'll see.
- The paint isn't quite as shiny or tough as I'd hoped. Oh well.
- The frame provide less rake than I'm used to. Means we're less stable, but "better" at cornering...as if that's ever a problem. But it also means that the front wheel bumps my toes sometimes. Oh well.
Overall, I'm very happy with it. The gearing is a bit higher than my previous bike which means I work harder and go faster...which aligns perfectly with my life-theme... It's wonderfully smooth, startlingly silent, and as comfortable as I'd expected. For those interested, here's the inventory:
Frame: 1978 Raleigh Tourist (SL-1?), lugged steel
Fork: BBB chromed steel
Handle-bars: Nitto's smallest track drops
Wheels: Sun CR18 36-spoke
Hubs: Origin track flip-flops
Crank-set: Sugino 67.5m w/ 46-tooth chain-ring
Pedals: MKS urban track
Free-cog: Shimano 16-tooth
Brake Caliper: Cane Creek SCR-3
Brake Lever: Cane Creek Crosstop
Stem: BBB's cheap MTB version
"Seat": WTB speed
Seat-post: some BMX thing
Chain: BBB half-link BMX chain
"Tyres": 700x25 Continental Gatorskin Ultras