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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Carlton roadie

After four years of maturing, the Carlton is ready to go.

Ended up going with 700c wheels after all, the brakes do reach.  I had bought this wheelset ages ago, and it was nicer than the steel 27" wheels that came with the Carlton.  Those wheels got sold to a Peugeot enthusiast who wanted period correct over stopping in the rain.

Got a set of new tires and chains online.

I put on new levers and bar tape, replaced cable as necessary, and put on some nice pedals.

It's a smooth ride, but a little cramped for me, so off it goes!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Meet Nick

My wife's bike was built out of bits and pieces, a 2005 Kona Fire Mountain frame that was $20.  It had a severe dent in the downtube that the seller assured me was fine, and it was, for years.  Last week it cracked, though, so it was time to replace it.

Recyclistas had a similar vintage Brodie frame, same size, with disc tabs, so this weekend I swapped all the parts across.

Took the time to route the cables properly this time, so the steering won't bind, and replaced the saddle too.

We don't normally name our bikes, but this one is named Nick.