Sunday, October 26, 2008

New Rides

I finally finished putting together the Gunnar cross bike this weekend. All I needed were a few small bits (downtube cable stops)- and I picked those up and installed 'em this afternoon.

Now all I need to do is to spend some quality time with it in the workstand getting it dialed in. The derailleurs need adjusting and the front brake is set up in a way that it's causing the fork to shudder violently. Minor issues.

I picked up an Electra Amsterdam Royal 8 for Allie about a month and a half ago.

Classic Dutch style but built on an aluminum frame with a Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal hub. She loves riding it down to the beach a few times each week.

My neighborhood bomber is an Amsterdam Balloon.

Skinny black steel tubes contrasting with cream Schwalbe Fat Frank tires. Eight speed drivetrain makes navigating the hilly terrain here much easier while Shimano roller brakes are powerful stoppers and allow the use of stylish painted and pinstriped rims.

The tires make for a super-cushy ride. 2.35" wide and pumped up only to 35 PSI. With minimal knobs, these tires roll smoothly. Very fun. Stay tuned as I'll be adding some accessories on down the line. It should make for a great grocery-getter.

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