few additions since the first photos...
morphing goal of this restoration has become a more useful commuter
and errand bicycle. This thing definitely zips, and it's great fun
to howl past a lost peletonian. But, I digress.
decided that one bicycle ought to have moustache bars, and since
the stock bars were so ridiculously narrow (and reasonably uncomfortable),
this would become that bicycle. Scored some NOS Mafac levers, found
a beautifully rendered TTT stem (though it's probably a touch long
and low), installed SKS fenders (via RBW - same size they recommend
for the Quickbeam), attached the Planet Bike rear rack I won, tracked
down some frighteningly bright rear blinky and after riding tapeless
for a couple weeks, put on Fizik microfiber bar wrap (from the LBS)
with 'flecto barend plugs from RBW. I still haven't put the headbadge
on - the original owner had started repainting it. Also, I plan
to put some white outline on the lugs some evening with a breeze.
of the things I forgot to mention is that the Zeus theme has been
pushed as far as I could manage - since the "basket case"
version of this project came home with me one afternoon, I managed
to locate and install Zeus pedals, Zeus cable guides (to replace
the badly rusted ones I had), a Zeus seatpost, and a Zeus frame
pump, not to mention the Zeus crank bolt wrench to fit the 16mm
Zeus crank bolts. Plus, i-Bob Walter S. created this Zeus replica
patch which I nabbed.
you've been playing along at home, you know that the Zeus stamp
was on every bit of hardware that came with the bike. The only items
which were un-Zeused were the brakes (Alfa), bar & stem (Ambrosio).
You can read about the resto (with some cussing involved) here.
have no doubt - this bicycle is a seriously low-slung frame. Corners
like you can't believe, but I have to pay attention when starting
up - if I don't start with the toe-clips rightside up, they will
scrape at the bottom of the pedal stroke with the bike vertical.
May ditch the clips for that reason alone...