getting ready to retire my old friend here and I thought it would
be fitting to post it in the garage as a show of respect for a good
bike that has served me well. The frame is a blue aluminum Vitus
979 size 56. My buddy Tom initially set this up for me as my first
proper road bike. Once I got into something a bit more modern that
fit better, I decided to have some fun and convert the Vitus to
a single speed.
rear wheel has a Campy hub, I believe C Record, with a 7 speed freewheel
and Matrix rim. Front wheel has a Campy Athena hub on Matrix rim.
Conte 4 Season 23s on both. Delta Hublox on both wheels to keep
those thieves at bay.
older Surly Singulator takes up the tension on the chain leading
to the also older Dura Ace Crankset that was modified with short
bolts to house just the small chainring. I have this set up with
a very conservative 39/16 which gave me the best chainline. I stubbornly
stuck with SPD and my Cannondale Coda pedals. I was fortunate enough
to score a beautiful pair of Dura Ace brakes (again courtesy of
Tom) that just fit this bike perfectly. Early 90s model is our best
seatpost tied up with a Vetta Cosmos saddle that came off a stock
Bianchi. This saddle turned out to be ideal to soften the ultra
stiff ride that the Vitas provides.
bars and stem. The bars are inverted and cut into bullhorns, capped
with Velox plugs. Paul E-Brake levers, front and rear and a fair
first attempt at the Harlequin weave with cloth bar tape. I
wasn't able to get it quite even but not bad for an early effort.
logged many more miles on this as a single speed than I planned
and had a lot of fun riding it as a commuter and around town. I'd
love to hear anyone's comments on it.
currently setting up a Milwaukee Orange One to replace my Vitus.
I'm looking forward to another build and some fresh miles ahead.
so much for providing the space for this. It's great to see what
everyone is riding.