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again Jim and all my fellow readers,
have been inspired by the various bikes on your website for several
months that I finally decided to build my own classic. I need a
long distance bike. I went through the internet to gather ideas.
I came across numerous websites that were very helpful - the best
of which I think is the "Bike Geometry Project" http://home.comcast.net/~pinnah/dirtbag-bikes/geometry-project.html.
I copied the geometries of some of the classic tourers - Miyata,
Mercian, Waterford, Heron, Rivendell among others. Next, I got a
custom framebuilder overseas - a guy named Maldea from the Philippines.
He is the best builder there and since I was going to travel to
Asia, I made an appointment with him. He uses a Henry James Jig,
so I went to the Henry James website and ordered my tubes and lugs
(they are very helpful). I bought tools and built the bike myself.
I think it turned out great. What do you think?
True Temper Chromemoly Tubes Tubes, Henry James Lugs painted Yellowish
Molteni Orange Shimano Dura Ace 9 speed Shifters, Headset, Hubs,
Triple Cranksets, Bottom Bracket and Front derraileur Shimano BR
550 Canti Brakes, Shimano Road Brake Levers, Ultegra seatpost; XTR
rear rapid rise derraileur; XT 12-32 cassette 3TTT Stem and Handlebar
with Specialized Gel Handlebar wrap (soon to be Brooks Honey Brown
Wrap) Mavic Open Pro with butted Wheelsmith Spokes, Panaracer Pasela
Tourguard 700 x 28c tires Brooks Swift Honey Brown Saddle
Any plans of selling a classic "cyclofiend jersey"? I just ordered
a T-shirt. Keep it up, look
forward to your wesbite daily.