My Salsa restoration project is finally on the road.
is an original Salsa AlaCarte circa 1984. This was my best friend's
bike until one too many crashes ended his riding in the mid 1990s.
It sat in his garage until last summer when I convinced him to let
me rebuild it.
is serial number SM84. Based on the S/N and sales receipt I believe
it was built in the first year after Ross Shafer moved from Santa
Cruz to Petaluma and began building under the Salsa name. Construction
is fillet brazing. A unique detail is the braze-ons for the protage
strap. The frame was signed with Ross's nom de plume "Scoboni".
frame was repainted in the original "Gumby Green" color
by Joe’s Bicycle Painting in Aptos, CA. Joe did a great job duplicating
the original color including the light pearl & low gloss clearcoat.
Joe was able to save the original headtube decal and he created
new decals for the downtube.
much as possible I used original components or vintage parts from
hub: White industries (original)
Rear hub: Phil Wood freewheel (original)
Skewers & seat post binder are original Salsa Flip-offs
Derailleurs, shifters, brake cantilevers and cranks are the original
Brake levers are the original Richey Logic
Chainrings, freewheel (6sp), chain, stem & seatpost are new
The seat is a new San Marco Rolls
set the bike up as a fast all-rounder and I am very pleased with
the outcome. I initially planned to build it up with drop bars.
As the project progressed I decided that a flat bar setup was a
better match and it allowed me to maintain the original shifters
& brake levers. The frame isn't the lightest but the strength
is perfect for travel on the rough paved and unpaved roads around
here. It is so effortless to ride that I am planning to go for taller
gearing with larger middle and large chainrings.
CA (on the Monterey Bay)