earlier sent you my Romulus built up in a very traditional Riv style
(Silver shifters, Brooks, fenders, fat Paselas, flat pedals, etc).
(Note - Current
Classics #388) I wasn't quite happy with how slow I was when
riding it that way. Blame it on me or blame it on the bike, I found
I could only dawdle riding like that. So, in an attempt to make
the bike feel faster, I decided to pare it down to the minimum:
gears to fixed gear (with an ENO hubbed wheel I had lying around)
- fenders and banana bag removed
- 32mm Paselas to 28mm Ruffy Tuffys
- Brooks to my favorite saddles, a plastic Bontrager
flat pedals to clipless
- dropped the stem about two inches.
haven't ridden a quill stem in a long time, and after screwing with
spacer, stems, and headset ajdustments to move my bars, this sure
how low the Q factor is with the old Ritchey cranks, the slender
arms barely passt he chainstays on both sides. We'll see how these
changes play out. So far, so good.
the location: another of Dublin's public art works, "Field of Corn"
was unveiled in 1994 to general mockery. This is where our taxes
are going? But, now I've really started to appreciate it as a comment
on suburban sprawl and office complexes taking over what used to
be open farmland.