have thoroughly enjoyed the web site since discovering it about
a year ago. Thank you for your efforts! It inspired me to undertake
yet another rebuild of my 1973 Atala Grand Prix (purchased with
high school lawn cutting proceeds), and to christen it the Crankswell.
This bike has served as a tourer, commuter, and general knock around
lugs and stays on the Columbus-tubed frame. The original fork was
replaced with the chrome Tange unit after a roommate had a run-in
with a VW Beetle.
Mid-70's Record high flange hubs, the front laced to a 700c Weinmann
Concave, while the rear is a newer Mavic MA3. I have the original
Tipo high flange hubs on a second wheelset with 'cross tires for
unpaved rail-to-trail rides. Freddy Fenders help shed the water,
all too present in western Washington.
runs a 39 tooth front ring on Suntour Superbe crank arms, and a
new 16 tooth Shimano freewheel, spun by Shimano clipless/platform
cm Noodle bar with a Sunhine stem and Shimano 600 levers. Love that
"long reach" brakes just to see how I like them (this is the first
time I have ever used sidepull brakes; earlier iterations of the
bike used the original Weinmann centerpulls.
A Trek rack and REI bags hold all of the essentials.
is a very comfortable bike, and just right for rides on the many
trails available in the area.
to Aaron's Bicycle Repair, Elliott Bay Bicycles, Rivendell Bicycle
Works, Redmond Cycle, and McLendon's Hardware.