are some shots of Margie, my 57cm A. Homer Hilsen from Rivendell.
The name is an homage to 3 favorite Margies - my grandmother, the
sheriff in the film FARGO, and that blue-haired vixen on the Simpsons.
intent was to build it as an all-rounder kind of bike for commuting,
brevets, and general around-town riding. With the higher bar and
35mm Panaracer Pasela TGs pumped to 55 lbs. it's super comfy on
the local bike paths and just begs to go off the beaten path. I
set up the gearing for the potential steep climb with a medium-light
load, so 46/36/24 up front on the Mavic crank and a 13-34 8 speed
cassette. I cobbled my own cassette together so I always have my
favorite 60 and 67 inch cruising gears in the middle of the cassette.
The XT derailleur is traditional rise and handles the range nicely.
really like the Carradice camper bag set up with a slightly altered
Gnashbar front rack for a saddle back support, and the khaki colored
hemp belt webbing as bar tape. I've wanted some khaki bar tape for
ages and just got lucky at the fabric/craft store with this. I'll
do a shellack test strip and if the color is pleasant I may shellack
the whole bar. The tape is finished off with colored hemp twine
from another craft store, and though the picture doesn't show it
the color is a close match for Margie's nice blue paint.
using some additional attachment points at the rear rack and bending
the front fender stays to follow the fork rake, the Zefal fenders
are close to rattle-free. However,
I do hope to get some Berthoud stainless fenders to replace the
always, Cyclofiend is my favorite website for bike inspiration.