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am submitting my trusted fixed-gear commuting bike. My friend Peter
Law gave me this frame from out of his garage in the Winter of 2004.
I got Chuck at Missing Link in Berkeley to build me a rear wheel
from the quickbeam rear hub by Suzue and a Mavic MA3 rim (which
is a wonderful wheel-building job; after 2 and one half years and
thousands of miles, I haven't had to true the wheel even one time!).
I don't know what the frame is exactly, but from asking around various
knowledgeable people, I gather that it has an Italian origin and
it's probably from the 60's. I included a couple of lug shots and
maybe someone can figure out. This is my commuter and light tourer.
is how it's set up
Italian frame, not sure of exact make
- Original headset
- Shimano Dura Ace road crank; 175mm; 39T single ring (italian threaded
octalink Bottom bracket)
- Soma fixed cog 18T - 22T Singlespeed freewheel on the flop
- Cinelli stem and handlebar
- nashbar seatpost
- selle san marco "rolles" saddle
- Suzue Rivendell Quickbeam rear hub with Mavic MA3 rim; 32H
- Phil Wood front hub with Mavic MA4 rim; 36H - SKT road fenders
- Zandd rear rack
- a couple of polyester bags, a LED front light and rear blinker,
and frame pump
- Tektro front brakes (bought from someone who took it off of his
- no-name BMX rear brake caliper
- Shimano 600 STI brifters (with broken shifting mechanism; I like
the feel of these levers on the hands).
used to ride a 39T/15T combination, but a knee injury made me become
a much better spinner, and so now I am riding a much lower gear
at 39T/18T. The 22T freewheel is for really bad hill when I have
some load. I am thinking about getting a Surly Single cog and put
on a front rack and go light-touring. If anyone knows what the frame
is exactly, please let me know.