A number of years ago, I bought a 1980s Raleigh Record converted to a single-speed. I liked it. It was comfortable. I eventually had headset problem and a poor repair attempt damaged the fork.
I later bought another 1980s road bike – this time a Bridgestone 400, but it was just a little too small for me.
After researching for a while, I was unable to find another old frame I liked that was for sale locally. I decided to go ahead and buy something new.
On Your Left Cycles ordered the frame and parts. I brought in my old tires, freewheel, crankset, bottom bracket, and pedals.
- 58 cm All-City Space Horse frame set
- Hand-built wheels using:
- All-City New Sheriff hubs
- HED Belgium+ rims
- Black spokes & nipples
- Thompson seatpost
- Brooks Cambium C17 saddle
- Tektro CR720 cantilever brakes
- Cane Creek headset
- KMC chain
- FSA Omega Compact drop bars – 44cm
- A stem – unknown brand or size
- SRAM brake levers
- Some awesome rubbery bar tape
- Brake cable hangers – front and rear
- Brake cables
I provided from my parts:
- 20 tooth freewheel
- 48 tooth Sugino crankset
- Shimano bottom bracket
- Grip King pedals
- Panaracer Pasela 700×35 tires
- Two stainless steel King Cage water bottle holders
After getting the bike home, I put lights, GPS, and a cheap saddlebag on, and went for a 24 mile ride with Tim. The bike rides wonderfully. The drop bars have a shorter reach than I’ve had before, and these may be the drop bars that allow me to continue to ride drops. The soft, rubbery bar tape is quite nice too.
I’m still waiting on the covers for the cable mount bosses on the downtube.
I’ve got some plans for different light mounting ideas, and a small bag up front.
I don’t intend to put racks or fenders on this bike. I want to keep it simple, light, and fun. This bike helped me to feel like a cyclist again today.