Summer project


I’m still waiting for my road bike frame to be built by Chris Chance (ordered last October).  Since it’s too hot to ride much, I ended up with a different summer build project.  The goal was to replace my mint condition Somec adorned with C-Record jewelry with something a little more friendly for use as an “around town” bike.  I ended up with the Fondriest frameset and built it up with stuff I had laying around in the garage.  (Note to self, I really need to get rid of some of that stuff!)  I think I missed the goal – too good for a townie – it’s a pretty nice retro-mod build and rides amazingly well.  Frame is very light for older steel, 3.4 lbs (1.5 kg), with a complete weight of 18.5 lbs (8.4 kg).  I have done two rides on it and have it mostly dialed in.  About 50 miles total, but it’s brutally hot here (115* F yesterday), which limits range due to logistics such as death avoidance.  I can easily see doing century rides on it, quick yet comfortable.

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August 26, 2020 9:13 am

Nice. It’s tough to build a runabout as things always tend to get a bit out of hand!