I’m channeling Grant Petersen and Charlie Cunningham at the same time. On the same bike.
Not long ago I found a 1987 Bridgestone MB-2, 58cm (just my size!). It was in a pile of other cast-off bicycle frames, undoubtedly put there because its previous owner didn’t want to deal with the roller-cam brake under the chain stays. The original front cantilever and rear roller-cam (sans cam) were both intact, and the fork was held in place with a zip tie from the crown to the down tube, and all the other parts missing-in-action. Gray and black and calling my name. I had forgotten Christie’s rule about bringing home more bikes.
Once home I went to work assessing what she needed and what I had. The stock specifications were compared to pictures of Jacquie Phelan riding Otto and the gaps were filled with parts I thought I could sneak in under the radar.
The handlebars were described in a previous blog entry. They’re now appointed with old Dia-compe levers, Suntour bar end shifters and blue tape.
The wheels were cast-off cheapies, probably the same age as the frame. They’re shod with new Kenda knobbies and a 14-28 freewheel. Alpha-5000 derailers guide the chain.
The Suntour XC Expert cranks came from a fellow iBOB and the MKS Sylvan Track pedals from a dumpster bike.
I gave up on the roller-cam brake and installed a U-brake from Tektro. It works surprisingly well, providing not only plenty of modulation, but also the ability to lock up the rear wheel.
Top it off with a WTB saddle.
She and I went for an inaugural ride yesterday through mud, water, ice and slush.
I think I’ll keep her.