The *BIG* Bike is Almost Done!

It’s been more than six months, but I finally got the BIG bike on the road!  I’ve been very busy and it took me a long time to get around to ordering the parts, and even longer to hand polish every little component that was staying on the bike!

Before:

From the Craigslist Posting that I Responded To
From the Craigslist Posting that I Responded To

After:

After First Ride To Work
After First Ride To Work
Cockpit With the Bell
Cockpit With the Bell
Cockpit
Cockpit
SideViewWithoutBags
SideViewWithoutBags

I still have some work to do…  I want to order a nice bottle cage, probably this one:  http://www.velo-orange.com/vomoststwabo.html and will probably substite a brass bell for the chrome one that I have installed in the picture above. It also came with a front rack, but I haven’t finished polishing it, so it’s not installed yet.

It’s a joy to ride and rides VERY smoothly, and even better it FITS!
It’s an ’82 Schwinn Voyageur SP and I upgraded the wheels to 700C with cartridge bearing hubs shod with 32C Panaracer Pasela TourGuard tires, 7 speed rear derailer, Suntour barend shifters, Planet Bike Cascadia fenders (without the ugly purple logo that’s on the new ones),  Brooks B17 leather sadle, and Nashbar Moustache handlebars wrapped with yellow cotton tape with 4 coats of amber Shellac and twine trim.
I want to ride it in the upcoming Wildflower Century, but will probably swap out the inner chainring for a 26 tooth or so for those hills. 🙂

A Bit Inconvenient

Fallen Tree on Bike TrailIt’s hard to see, the picture isn’t that great (I was facing the sun, and it’s a cell phone), but on the way to work this morning there was a tree laying across the bike trail.  No warning signs, no detour signs, nothing.  Moreover, I was told that it had been there yesterday as well!

This is a major (as bike trails go) transportation corridor for cyclists in the Folsom area. Had this tree fallen across a road intended for motor vehicles it would have been removed immediately! I hope it’s gone on the way home, it was difficult to press through the branches!