With all the talk of carbon this and carbon that there has been talk of people going back to steel frames so i was wondering what people are rolling on. Old, new, reclaimed, road, mtb ......
'86(?) Colnago Super Sprint
late 90s Fausto Coppi as the work horse
Surly 1x1 SS race mtb
Shogun Trail Breaker SS - Wet weather special
Raleigh Super Course MK2
Malvern Star 5 Star from way back in the day, plucked out of someones garden - insanely light for its age
Casserolls are great. I just feel like i've had enough of user caliper brakes in the wet. Hence the Honky inc.
One too many worn out braking surfaces.
Nice fenders btw.
Yep the discs on the Kona were great. I would have kept it but I couldn't fit wide enough tyres with guards and a carrier properly, also the geometry is aggressive, I just needed a more versatile bike. At the time my budget wouldn't extend to the Salsa Vaya, otherwise that's the bike I would have. But I still love my Casseroll, it's well balanced an easy bike to ride
+1 for the Casseroll; I have one as my commuter bike and love it - definitely the most versatile bike I have.
My current steel fleet
74 Peugeot UO8
Mystery P series Peugeot with mixed Campag/Stronglight gruppo
73 Raleigh Europa waiting to be restored
The British Racing Repco single speed path racer-a-like
The Teeny Tiny Repco Traveller with flat bars in Bianchi Celeste for the wife
The Bollocky Bennett $20 from ebay, turned into a single speed hack for office run about, currently painted Merckx orange
finding them and building them is nearly as much fun as riding them :)
I only have steel at the moment, not planning on getting a 'proper' bike for a while
mostly ride a 90s trek mtb - anyone and everyone drops me on this
working on an 80s ricardo elite SX
also have a protour, 70s raleigh scorpio (to sell or fixie) and others
Here is one of those bike builds that you do just for laughs !
Changing a Heavy steel street fixie into a less heavy Single Speed CX bike.
Below Take one Haro Projekt Fixie Std Weight 13.59kg !
Now throw out the following parts:
White Haro Aero wheelset & commuter tyres
Haro Steel Riser H/bars & Bmx levers
Alloy 50mm Bmx Headstem
Seat post & Seat
BMX CR Mo Crankset & BMX Platform Pedals
Then fit the following parts:
Shimano R500 Front wheel & Alex Flip/flop rear both with WTB CX Tyres
Alloy 44t Fixie Crankset & Shimano M540 Clip in pedals
Shimano Un26 Bott/bracket
Pro Vibe Alloy H/Bars, 3T Bar tape,Tekro Levers
Total Weight now 11.5kg !
The Green Machine Now ! LOL .....Why Dont Ask !
Surly Steamroller, not the lightest ride, but super cruisy and can take the knock and scrapes of city commuting.
Had a nice 80s fixed road conversion with a Columbus SL frame, was beautiful but sadly died in a tragic accident.
Was working on an insanely light Columbus SLX Faggin 80s road bike until I found out that the stem was siezed beyond repair and now I have a very pretty yard ornament, unless I want to fork out the cash to get the squill steam cut and dremelled out, or maybe even just blowtorch the stem until it melts out...
Vincent, wonder if this post will help http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/profiles/blogs/a-bike-that-defeated-us
You could cut the stem off with a hacksaw, after removing the bolt that holds the wedge. Then disassemble the headset, and renove the fork from the bike. That should make it easier to file the stem stump from the inside.
Whether using a file or a hacksaw blade, care is needed to avoid cutting into the steerer tube.
It may be possible to use the headset locknut as a "lifter" by carefully packing the space between the locknut and the underside of the gooseneck part of the stem, and then unscrewing the locknut with a suitable spanner.
Another possibility, if height is not a serious problem, would be to cut the stem off leaving sufficient space for an A-head stem/gooseneck, and use a shorter bolt and a washer to secure the stem wedge.