You can see the spiral fluting a little in this pic.
You can see the spiral fluting a little in this pic.
Looks really cool
Why not down tube shifters ? A guy in our area rides a vintage bike and from time to time I run across him and his bike has down tube shifters and I always think it is cool when he reaches down to shift. It catches my eye
Nice build all around.
Regarding downtube shifters, at the beginning I was considering just scouring eBay for old-style parts To make a truly vintage bike, however, I decided I actually wanted to ride it as well. I think having downtube shifters would've compromised my enjoyment of the bike. Just speaking from my own personal perspective.
As well, after seeing the bike in the flesh, I am convinced that I made the right decision. I was really after a nice classic look, as opposed to having a real classic bike.
I put DT friction shifters on my '92 steel Serotta Colorado II. It makes for a great and different experience.
Bt if this is gonna be your everyday bike, go with brifters.
That is going to be a nice build, one suggestion. Finish the handlebar wrap with a single wrap of the electrical tape like so.
Yeah, that tape job was sloppy. I guess the wrench was rushing thru it. I will redo that when I get it.
That's funny, the tape was the first thing that caught my eye.
Otherwise, cool looking bike.
I think I would have gone with the DT shifters. Even after all those years I reckon my hands would still remember what to do.
Yeah, now thinking dt shifters might have been the way to go. It's not a bike I would be contesting sprints with. Dang! Quill stem, now shifters! :(. :):)
I'm ok, still pretty happy.
Ten-speed Campy DT shifters can be assembled if you know what parts to order. Score 9sp DT shifters (they are out there) and 10sp bar end shifter gears. They drop right in.
I have a set in storage waiting for the right opportunity.
Sappie. That Ritchey there is sweet. I actually spoke to Tom and got verbal verification that he built mine himself before the company got real big.
As the rep told me, they ran out of the Tange Ritchey custom triple butted tubeset, but had yet to get the nitanium tubes in stock so they used tubesets from their top of the line Swiss Cross which was Dedacciai 18MDV6. Back then Tom brazed the seat clusters and then they were welded up by others. When I ordered mine they told me I had to wait because Tom was in Switzerland (World Cup event, maybe? Frishy was still racing for them) and they had no bikes my size in stock.
I ran into him at the Handmade Bike show in 2008 and asked him about the story. He replied, "oh, that story is true. In fact I actually built your bike." He had a few back orders to fill and he said it made no sense to send them out. So I got a Road Logic frame with Swiss Cross tubes welded up by the man himself.
Love that bike. It is a dear friend at this point.
Great story Keith and must be a great bike.
Sappie, have the mechanics check that seat tube carefully with a flashlight before they go messing around with it.
Yeah, that is why I was not able to get it when I took those initial photos. The bike was done except that the shop was waiting to get a tool to ream out the seat tube. It is done now -- just got a call from the shop yesterday.
So here it is after the first ride. Smooth like butter, not exactly instantaneous response when you step on the gas, but that is not what the bike is for. Very happy with it.
Not much seatpost showing because the frame is big for me, but I managed to get the cockpit set up like my other bikes, with the seat forward a bit. Does it look okay to you guys?
The fluting on the seat tube prevents the seatpost from going too far down, so I had to have it hacksawed a fair bit, to just below the Columbus decal.
And bobswire, I retaped and finished the handlebar tape. You would approve.
Thinline - check out my Strat in the background. American Standard from 1989, midnight blue metallic.
Need to address that stem. Get a sweet quill stem. Shoot ANY polished quill stem will look better than that.
Otherwise...TWO THUMBS UP!!!
Yeah, that stem adapter is spindly underneath the stem. Looks funny. Can't get it any lower than that because the headtube is so short. I'll see about that quill.
Back in the day the rule of thumb was a fist around the post was all the post that should be exposed.
x2 on a quill stem
The levers are high on the bar to my eyes.
It's coming together nicely. I like the old school look of raw aluminum
Very clean lines -- like it a lot!
Okay, I think I solved my stem/handlebar height and appearance issue. I was thinking about the quill stem idea, but instead I had the quill stem adapter cut down (wedge removed then re-inserted).
So now the thin, spindly stem adapter which was showing below the stem is now into the headtube and the bars are at the same height as my other bikes.
Looks much better, right Mr. Richards?
And bobswire, I think you would approve of the tape-job now. ;)
it looks much better, Bob will be happy about the bar tap too
nice sappie!! I'll have to get some pics of the white Ciocc with chromed lugs that we have in the shop.
Great story KR!! Fantastic bike also!! a Swiss Cross is on my dream list of bikes I would love to own
Nice bike, love the blue, and cool story Keith. How old is that photo?
I almost went with a Swiss theme for our current team costumes purely in response to every other cx-centered team going just completely overboard with the Belgian thing.
Nice, nice, nice. Take that baby out for a spin, today's a good one for it; I'll be heading out this afternoon for a quicky out to UBC and then back to New West.
Scraped about a pound of dirt of my bike from last week's ride; my bikes are not allowed anywhere near the living room.
Waiting to take it out. Real rainy these days. Reluctant to put fenders on it, but gonna have to.
Funny thing. While I was wheeling it home from the bike shop (I was in street clothes so I wasn't riding), in the span of the 3-block walk home, 5 non-cyclists stopped me to comment on how beautiful the bike was. Never had a response like that for any of my other bikes.
I'm not surprised. She's a classic.
Much better Sappie! Well done. Bike looks wonderful.
dkri, it was the 2008 Handmade Bike show in Portland. I had a booth from the initial attempt to start Monsere Designs. I ended up next to the Velonews booth ironically. It was a great show. Sold out. Because of the west coast location, a fair amount of Asian buyers were in attendance.
Lance was there. Robin Williams slid through. I spoke to Bill Strickland for a while. They gave us a nice bit of props in their magazine. We had people waiting for call backs for sales. I was THIS close.
But then The Big "C" raised its head in my family. Had to shut things down to deal with more important things. But...I will not be denied this time!!!
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