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An Elegant Bicycle...(5 posts)

An Elegant Bicycle...Andy M-S
Mar 22, 2003 6:38 PM
Here's my retro resurrection singlespeed. I found the frame with a "free" sign on it, replaced the bars/stem/brake levers, removed all deraillers, and put on a single 38t chainring and 16t cog. Fenders front and rear, though I took the photo with only the rear mounted.

The upright position gives it a kind of elegant look and feel...veddy British, eh wot?
Very nice.........Dave Hickey
Mar 23, 2003 6:00 AM
Just don't wear lycra when you ride it:-) Three piece wool suit with a Burberry scarve. Don't forget the ankle strap for your chainring rub
NO LYCRA!Andy M-S
Mar 23, 2003 6:59 AM
Agreed. With clips and straps, this is my "Sunday-go-to-meeting" bike. With my Carradice strapped to saddle, it's a perfect bike for church-going.

It also does a creditable job on wet commuting days...
The bars are about like the ones on my cruiser ...Humma Hah
Mar 24, 2003 7:28 AM
... This, to me, is a bike for touring, literally. Sit up and see the scenery, rather than staring 5 ft in front of your front wheel all day in the drops. Not the fastest arrangement, but one I adore, and have used on quite a few century and longer rides.

I think you'll learn to like it.
It's quite comfortable...Andy M-S
Mar 24, 2003 12:05 PM
I do find it comfortable, and it really would be good for touring. Like your cruiser, this is a one-speed, so there's some affinity there.

For speed, OTOH, this is probably NOT the best setup...but if you're touring, you want to be able to look around!