Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Perfect for the 3/4 life crisis

 from this.........
 to this.........
to this.
I may as well face it,I have now passed well beyond the age for a mid life crisis.With the Slow Schlepper lying redundantly beneath the house and me in need of a mid winter's project,this is what I ended up with.A perfect fixie, built just for beyond the mid life crsis.(see chain wheel/sprocket ratios below)

For the velo nerds amongst you.

frame           Peugeot UE 10
front hub       original Normandy 36h
rear hub        Velocity 36h
rims            H + Son 'Archtypes'
valve cap       silver anodized from Tokyu Hands
Tyres           Grand Bois'cerf' from Commuter Cycles
spokes          Phil Wood double butted
bottom bracket  Phil Wood and co
cranks          Sugino
pedals          MKS Grip Kings
chain wheel     Sugino Messenger 42t
chain           Izumi
sprocket        Phil Wood 20t
brakes          Mafac
lever           Tectro inverse
stem            Nitto Dynamic
saddle/bar tape Charge
paint           Power Plus'gun metal' over 'Citroen'black polka dots

And that's about it.I used 10 cans of paint,practicing my spray painting technique and experimenting with colour combos, however 4 would have done the trick. 1 primer,1 under coat,1 top coat and 1 clear coat.I kept the original 35 year old front hub as it has a super light aluminium body and besides,I loved them. The rims,made in the PRCC, are new to me.A very high quality finish and super easy on the eyes.They came from the blokes behind the counter at the always helpful Commuter Cyles in Brunswick.