Learning that the Saluki was going to be a 650B bike, my build up
was inspired by the classic French randonneuses; Alex Singer, Rene
Herse, Jo Routens...
this end I did my best to build her up in a classic manner albeit
with mostly modern componentry. Oldest parts on the bike are the
wonderful Simplex RF shifters. The Modolo brake levers and SR Laprade
seatpost I originally had have been replaced with Cane Creek levers("gum"
hoods!) and a Nitto Jaguar post. My Saluki is something of a rolling
advertisement for Nitto now. Front & rear racks, seatpost, stem,
handlebar, bottle cages are all from Nitto. If they made a crankset
or brakes those'd probably grace my bike too.
color is custom, a candy metallic shade of Brandywine from House
of Kolor (influenced by a wine bottle foil I had). Picture don't
do it justice.
addition to my Saluki I own an Alex Singer and a custom Rivendell.
But the Saluki gets ridden more than either of them. It's a great
"country bike" - perfect for exploring dirt and gravel roads. Or
just rolling along a quiet road. I also commute on her. And I plan
on using her for S24Os and brevets (who knows maybe even Paris-Brest-Paris