Thursday, July 12, 2012

Frankenbike and maiden voyage report

I have tons of extra bike parts loitering in my garage so I decided to put them to use on a single speed roadbike.  Some of the parts and their origins:

> Nameless steel riser bars from my first mt bike, a Giant Boulder SE.  I have track bars but they give no leverage and since I need to climb on this puppy, I needed something wider.
> Ergon grips off the Niner One9 I bought off ebay. I hate these grips.
> Forte cable rear rim-brake from...crap, I don't even remember where or why I got it.  Two fingers pulling at full force barely creates enough drag to slow the wheel.
> Quill stem an original part on the Puch Cavette. <3

> I opted for the single speed flop rather than the fixed flip after a scary moment on the Alpenrose track when we were visiting Portland a few years back (I learned that when you're going full speed on a track bike on a track and forget to pedal, your bike can actually jump off the ground unexpectedly...not fun, though I managed the save).
> Note the huge (in road bike terms) rear tire.  I think it's a 38. Bought that for a barter 'bike work for computer fix' deal but it didn't fit on the bike.  Fits on mine :-)

> The pedals are off my main road bike (Trek Pilot) and go oh-so-awfully with Le Cavette.  But that's the idea.
> Note: the seatpost is rusted in place.  Of course. And the seat's a bit too low, but not so low that it's uncomfy.

Maiden voyage report:
I did an intervals-while-commuting ride on this mal garcon the other day down to Barnstable Village and back and then to work.  There's nothing special about it, but nothing horribly wrong either.  It's a stiffer ride than I expected for a steel frame. The workout was good and I always love riding on 6A before it gets busy for the day.  The gearing is pretty perfect - didn't have to get out of the seat too much and never totally spun out.  A longer stem and a flat bar with more sweep would make it quite a bit faster, but that would cost me a bit of cash and the point was not to spend any cash.  
So it is what it is, but then what isn't?

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