is a mystery frame that I picked up from a seller on Craigslist.
It appears to be a late 70's or early 80's Japanese lugged steel
touring frame. It has some interesting details like diamond-shaped
cutouts in the lugs and a raised-wire chainguard.
was inspired by the A. Homer Hilsen, although it has cantilever
brakes (I am considering having a shop pull off the canti bosses
and changing to sidepulls). Many of the parts came from Rivendell,
like the Brooks B17 with copper rivets and copper-plated rails;
handlebar, stem, etc. The shifters were NOS Dura-Ace for regular
downtube mounting, but thanks to some nifty Riv-produced mounts
(purchased at Box Dog Bikes in San Francisco), they are now on the
bar ends, which I think is a really nice touch.
Christmas my wife gave me the fenders and the front rack, which
came from Velo Orange and are the 48 millimeter house-brand fluted
model. The rack is the Mark's Rack from Nitto, purchased from Rivendell.
it is washed out in the picture, the rear derailleur is a late-model
short cage Dura Ace and the crank is a late model 175mm Ultegra.
the fenders and front basket, this was my road bike for rides with
roadie friends. Not sure if it still will be, but it will definitely
get more mileage as a daily commuter for my 8-mile round trip commute
to downtown San Francisco and back. I also take it on some of the
easier trail rides in Marin county.
frame was originally a metallic blue color and I had it sandblasted
and powder coated off-white. It's sustained many nicks and scratches
so I will probably have the paint redone this year.