for the compliments on my Le Tour (Current
Classics #317) and if I may I'd like to add a bike to your working
love your site with all the beautiful classy bikes! This is a Free
Spirit 10 or 12 speed that I'm guessing is around a 1980 model.
I think it is the Austrian made model by Puch. This is another "clean-out-the-garage"
bike that was given to me as a frame/fork. It used to be dark red
and badly scratched but almost never ridden.
fender and three-speed stuff are off a wrecked '54 Dunent 3-speed
bike, along with the head and fender badges. Front fender is off
a '62 Raleigh-built Huffy. Rims are Sun CR18 700c (32h ft., 40h
rr.). The folks at Rivendell Bicycle Works were kind enough to get
these rims for me since the 40h rim is not listed in their catalog.
The ALE bottle cage, cork grips, Dia-Compe S-C 7 brake levers, and
Scott/Mathauser brake pads were also from Rivendell. Saddle is a
Brooks B66 antique brown. Pletscher rack is from a junk Raleigh.
love this bike and it satisfies my rack and fender fetish. It rides
great and is rock solid. This one I can actually do tours on and
I've taken 60+mile day trips on it in complete comfort! I got a
Carridice Nelson Longflap I can use on it and I might get a wicker
basket for the front (or a Baggins Banana bag from Rivendell, haven't
decided yet). By the way I painted the frame, fenders, and stem
a two-component epoxy. The color is called Polynesian Sand, which
is actually beige with a suggestion of pink which you might not
be able to tell in the pics.
you for your wonderful site.