Well, here it is finally – a sporty retro cruiser – and if that’s not an oxymoron, I don’t know what is !
It’s taken a while because I had to find the room to store it assembled.
It could be a poor person’s “Guv’nor”, without the laid back frame angles, painted wheels or the front hub brake.
Or the price – but the Pashley “Guv’nor is a beautiful bike nonetheless … I’m not pretending this is as good.
Simple, lightweight and relatively low-cost – I know that some might not like the brazed on cable stays remaining, but you never know, I might want to convert it back to a ten speed one day !
There will be some further detailing to come – after some thoughtful test riding, as usual.
Anyhow, here are the parts I used ;
Frame : Road Chief 10-speed steel – 54cm —- ( O Ye of little faith ).
Headset: A basic new Dia-Compe gold alloy – 1″ threaded
Bottom bracket / Chain set : Miche Primato BB / Miche Xpress forged alloy 170mm – 48x18T
The “X-press” chainset looks more traditional than the trendy “Advanced” model, as well as being significantly cheaper. The resulting chain line worked out nicely though I had to use spacers to match the hub to the dropouts.
Pedals : Genetic gold alloy track with Wellgo clips and Urbanvelo brown leather straps
Seat post : similar to original plain steel 25,8mm – ( up for revision later on ).
Saddle : Brooks B17N brown
Wheels : Recycled – 36H Alesa 700c alloy rims, Hi-flange front steel hub, Falcon coaster rear. My first recycled wheel rebuild ! Not perfectly true, but pretty close.
Stem : Nitto Dynamic 10 cm quill
Bars : Inverted alloy ‘tourist” style with cardiff cork grips shellacked
Front Brake : Dia comp DC750 long reach centre pull calliper, recycled Polygon alloy lever. The long reach calliper is for the change from 27″ (630mm) to 700c (622mm) wheels.
Tyres : Schwalbe Delta Cruiser 700x35c
Hub-shiners : made from a worn out leather belt ! I’m rather pleased with these.
See Ya !