Not much to update, but my Dawes got new wheels. Not supersexy, just Deore hubs laced to 36h rims. Should last me a while, hopefully. Did a good weekend camping trip to break them in, and even though it was really wet and muddy, they felt much better than the old Bontrager things I had on the Dawes.
A wheel that didn't survive the weekend was the front wheel of the GT! I slipped out on a shitty road, my girlfriend couldn't stop in time, rode into me/my bike, and got launched. Resulting in us being sore for a few days, and her front wheel being wonky. Nothing that can't be fixed!
Alright, time for a new project. Picked up a Batavus Apache cheap and around the corner from my house. It's nothing special but still a decent frame, maybe a little big for me. No before photos but I did do a quick mock up to test the size.
I have also stopped riding the Dawes bonded aluminium frame, since there is a lot of creaking and flexing in the bottom bracket lug. So much flex that I can push the chainstay into the tires. Don't trust it anymore!
So now I'm sort of switching to riding the Nishiki we have in the stable, but I am still undecided if it is the right bike for me or not. Maybe I just want to build something else...
Did I buy another bike yes? Is it too big? Nah. Am I in love?
1992/1993 Specialized Sequoia in absolute terrific state. Never bought a second hand steel bike with less signs of use. So many cool parts too!
But I don't care about period correctness or original parts too much, really. This is going to be my new bikepacking/gravel/underbiking bike. Some people might cry because I removed the fancy dynamo system, sorry!
The front rack might be useful sometime, for now I've stuck the pizza rack on it for looks. Will transfer parts from the nishiki onto it tomorrow.
Sequoias are a nice choice, very elegant. Looks great already!
@txkxo thanks both!
I built it up already, went easier than I expected with tropical temperatures in the workshop.
This bike is so nice that I will take it out for proper photos later this week, instead of my standard studio photos.
This one is too nice. Small changes for the fit are left, installed 44mm raddlers today, had to go out and feel this thing. Man.
Cool! I did a cycling trip in south east Asia on one of those frames. Nothing fancy but actually handles really well
Thanks! Yea it's nothing fancy, but so simple that it looks so good. Do you have any photos from that tour?
this is so hot wtf 😰
Sure! Going through these old photo's made me miss touring so much!
The headtube is pretty short so I used a Velo Orange stem with a lot of rise. I used 40mm tyres, it has quite some clearance.
Looks minty fresh, more pics please!
Looks great! Like a proper touring mule. i think I'll make it a flat bar thing, front rack, 7 speed, picknick/city tourbike sort of thing.
@Maj thanks both! More pics soon, possibly.
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