Saturday, April 30, 2011

Better photo

The bike looked awful with that brick background. It looks better here, though the yellow sort of hides the yellow in the frame. Remaining question: are the housing loops too long coming out of the brake levers? The Nitto cage looks better but still a bit off.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Loops too long. How about a nice vintage Cobra cage? They don't mar bottles like the allow TA ones. Can be found on ebay.

XO-1.ORG said...

Yes, take 4-5cm off both brake cable housings. Otherwise, it looks wonderful. Bravo, Adam!

PS As for bottle cages, an old TA from back in the day would be a good fit.

RMHampel said...

Stunning.
I'd chime in and suggest you dip the front part of the front fender down just a hair to improve the line along the tire. Otherwise, the suggestions on bottle cages and brake cable housings are sound.
Well done!

Ron

jugdish said...

We need to see drive side pics! Those TA cranks are nice, and I love the Simplex retrofriction shifters. I have a set of these waiting for my next build. Great work!

AH said...

Thanks for the feedback! I shortened the loops (4cm each!) and they look MUCH better. I think the water bottle cage will be okay. I tweaked the fender lines a bit, but it's nearly impossible to get that last little hiccup out. I'll post some photos tomorrow, and hopefully do the "studio shot" (I may just rig up a makeshift studio with some help from Noah.) So it's getting there. I'm dying to ride it now!

Anonymous said...

This bike looks nice but it needs lights and rack, no? I can't imagine riding around the GTA without lights, front and rear, to ward off cars. Constructeurs always fixed their torches to the frame. And why not a decaleur to hold your sacoche avant? Put your baguette and drink next to your windbreaker and spare tools, and no stuffing those things inside your jersey. Of course, if it's a racing bike, that's different. But this bikes seems neither one or the other.

AH said...

Hi there. The bike was designed to fill a very specific need: rides on the dirt roads around the Zoo, which are my favourite rides -- and which don't require lights, or racks, etc. My next bike (for city riding) will incorporate these. Constructeur bikes, as I see it, are tailor-made to specific needs: thus the in-betweenness of this particular one, which is not for racing, and not for riding around in the city.