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238, or country bike goes city.
took a while, but the Hilsen has finally figured out what it wants
to be. While its cousins are happily riding over hill and vale,
this bike has taken on some jaunty attire and exerts itself happily
on the busy city streets of Chicago.
to happy rural homes are the Mustache bars, Silver bar end shifters,
Sugino triple crank, IRD front and Shimano rear long reach derailleurs,
and the sks fenders.
here and now include: A swell little half rack custom made by Ahearne
of Portland. Velo-Orange supplied NOS Simplex front and rear derailleurs,
Simplex shifters, a beautiful constructeur rack, extra long Honjo
hammered fenders, and a little stem mount Japanese brass bell.
TA Triple Cyclotouriste is an e-bay found - individual seller from
Belgium. The TA pedals were sourced through the always reliable
and enthusiastic bike folks at Chicago's aptly named Boulevard Bikes.
Some dumb luck to report here. It is very difficult to find silver
cage TA pedals new or used. I did not realize TA made the Cyclotouriste
with different pedal threads for France and the rest of the world
when I ordered it. Sure enough, this TA is a French model. As it
happens, there is still a decent supply of TA French silver pedals
on the market.
out the new additions are Nitto North Road (or Albatross in Rivendell
speak) bars, Paul canti-levers and a Fizik Rondine saddle. Turns
out the little snap on Fizik saddle pack is the perfect size for
the DiNotte lithium battery pack.
a while, but it looks great.
just in: The dude in Belgium has found some NOS early '80s Simplex
shifters. The black resins work fine, but they will have to go to
some other bike.)