was a rescue bike which I saved from nearby my street in Amsterdam......it
is a Gazelle Solide and the only parts that were usable are the
frame, stem and the seatpost.
frame has similar dimension to the path racers from the early 1900's
so the idea was born and it was also a budget build coming in at
under 350 euros.
completely stripped the frame which was sandblasted and powder coated
in a blue black colour, fitted a new bottom bracket, crankset, chain,
new wheelset ( coaster brake ), tires, handlebars and saddle. The
saddle is a Brooks which is so comfy, with a matching if rather
small tool pouch. The handlebars are covered in matching leather
which can be bought as a kit and with the aid of a few beers is
very satisfying to stitch on, comfortable as well.
is geared for around 70 inches and has a reasonable turn of speed
for a bike that is fairly heavy so I use it for 20 to 30 km trips
which includes stops for suitable refreshment which can range from
coffee and apple pie, Italian ice cream and another beer........thirsty
work cycling don't you think!
in all I am rather happy the way my pseudo path racer has turned
riding to you all.
in Amsterdam, Holland.