Bernard sent me. The bike I'm submitting looks an awful lot like
his, but has accumulated
a bit more beausage. I'm not a copycat, though -- in fact, it was
my bike that inspired his project.
here's Molly III. She's descended from Molly, which was my old Univega
Hybrid. I rode Molly for 10 years, and then I got into recumbents.
But Molly was still a good bike that I had a great deal of affection
for. So I cut apart the frame, and used the old plans for a homebuilt
TE that Easy Racers sold years ago to turn that old bike into a
recumbent. Thus, Molly Jr. was born. I rode Molly Jr. all over the
place, and even did a self-supported cross-country ride on her.
Alas, my bike fabrication skills lacked some key element, and my
homebuilt frame failed. But I had everything I needed for a Tour
Easy except the frame, so I called up Easy Racers, and they sold
me a frame for a very reasonable price. So I got a frame replacement,
re-built the bike, and dubbed it Molly III. Molly Jr. had been painted
British Racing Green, and sported wood fenders, but when I built
up Molly III, I really wanted to complete the effect, so a year
after I got the frame replacement, I spent the fall tracking down
the stuff to really deck her out (in addition to having the seat
back and frame bag custom made!) I finished the bike more or less
as you see it here in the winter of 2004.
are the specs:
Chris King headset
Suntour XC Expert 8 speed thumb shifters
105 front deraileur
105 rear deraileur
Shimano M-900 XTR crankset w/ TA rings, 48/36/24
Shimano 8 speed 11-30 cassette
Avid SD-7 front brake / BB-7 rear disc brake
Avid SD-7 levers Sun CR-18 rims w/ SON hub front & XT hub rear
Terracycle Idler PC-48 Chain