the site is really growing! Thanks for all you do.
the spring of 2009 I bought this 1986 Specialized Allez SE on ebay.
It was from Ohio and was in pretty good original shape. The only
defects were mis-matched rims, old tires, and a little cosmetic
damage on the frame. No matter what I did I couldn't keep the chain
from skipping. No big deal since I don't have the legs for a low
gear of 42/23 anyway! I bought a 13-28 IRD Freewheel, some 50/38
chain rings, and a new chain and rode it that way for the summer.
didn't get along with bars. The ramp to the hoods seemed too steep
and I wanted a compact double crank to exploit the bike's distance
capability. It is a very smooth and comfortable bike. Whether it's
the frame, the 25mm tires, or magic, it's a Cadillac of a road bike.
I went shopping: The Sugino Alpina 50/36 crank and Deda bars are
from ebay. The Tektro dual pivot brakes and Cane Creek aero levers
are from AEbike.com. Rivendell provided the Nitto seatpost, King
cages, and 6-sp IRD freewheel which coasts silently BTW, really
cool! The wheels were rebuilt with black Mavic Open Pro rims by
Juan at Cycle Pro in Lake Forest, CA. He also provided the Continental
tires (700 x25) with reflective sidewalls since the days are getting
shorter as I write this in October. The saddle is an Attivo (never
heard of the brand, but it was $35 and is comfortable for me) from
my LBS. My garage stash provided the Cannondale stem and adapter
thingie, bags, and pump.
for the "Black Attack" of rims, cranks, bars, brakes? I like it
and fear not traditionalists all the old stuff is safely in a box
in the garage.
wanted to make the bicycle equivalent of a hot rod; something old
with shinny new stuff hung on it that works better. So far I think
I've succeeded it fits me like a glove now and it has about the
same gearing range as my 9-sp STI bike but with the fun of downtube
shifting (indexed) and nice lugged frame. No room for fenders but
it's a "So Cal Flyer" for long days in the sun.