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December 10th, 2009

I feel badly, I just plain haven’t had time to bring you more images of chic cyclists. Between the darkness, work, and my time working on this bike, this bike is all the news I have.

OH! But, if any of you are riding over the Mass Ave bridge towards MIT this morning, keep your eyes open on the MIT side. The entire bike lane has been strewn with Scrabble tiles. I saw the letters to make “wars” or “raw”. Let me know if you see any words on your trip.

OK, on to interim project photos.

Here’s the bike as of this morning.
I had the headset put on, but everything else I’ve done myself. I’m extra proud of this bike and look forward to finishing it.

Here’s a view of what Dad will see. We’ll probably add a light and I’m debating on one of those pretty Crane bells. I have black cork grips I will put on at the very end, when everything is adjusted.

Every time I really look at these bands of white on the seat tube I think I should change the gumwalls I already had to whitewall tires. Maybe next Christmas? These gumwalls have only about 20 miles on them.
That’s a Wright leather saddle we had kicking around. In 1962 Wright and Brooks merged into something called the Raleigh Saddle Division (according to this PDF from Brooks).

The Zeus clamp-on double cable guide I got last night. It is SO CLOSE to closing! I just tried it on the bike before work, so we’ll go back tonight with pliers and try to get the existing screw to close it. If not I think we can get another just a mm or two longer which will do the trick.
This guide is a knock-off of the Campagnolo ones, and I held it up to one on my International. It’s not as nicely made but all the angles are the same so I think it will function just fine.
My dad is a life-long fan of Greek history (his name is Alexander) so we’ve now dubbed this bike “Zeus”, but you have to say it like “Zooom!” since the bike will be so quick. So the bike’s name is really “Zooos!”

The ladies at Bikes Not Bombs helped me dig through the used stem shifters to find a set which could take Dad’s downtube shift levers. I kept the Arabesque-engraved downtube clamp in case he decides to make this a more aggressive bike as he progresses as a cyclist.

I like the sweep of these handlebars for Dad. I don’t know which side the waterbottle is supposed to go on, since Dad is a lefty I put it on the left.

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