Sunday, July 13, 2008

What's in the stand...

This homemade looking bike came in to get some 90mm comfort riser bars, slick tires, Gripshift MRX shifters, wicker basket... Okay, not really. It did get dropped off so I can send it to its new home with my friend Noah, Cunningham afficianado. It's pretty freakin' cool.

The model is the Wombat and was pretty much a women's specific bike. It's made light (22.09 lbs with the heavy tires currently in place) and is not designed to be abused. The stealth WTB/Chris King Grease Guard headset is nice with the black o-ring instead of the standard orange one. The cranks are also a super nice touch. Little known Specialized micro-drive cranks with Suntour 20/32/42 rings. They just barely fit around the bb-shell and Charlie also went so far as to mill the back side of the arms to lighten them up further. The internally wired cycle computer is a nice touch. Check out the shrink tubing on the front brake cable enclosing the computer wire.

But what's a good bike without photos!

(What's playing: Wilco I Must Be High)


Sean said...

Wow, that is pretty cool. Nice little piece of history there.

Noah said...

I dig that bike! The bike shows signs of a lot of tinkering, the result of the triangulated efforts of the original owners SO who is a world class tech in his own right, Mark Slate who was the dedicated mech for the bike, and Charlie himself. The frame was originally built in 1986 but not sold until 1988 from American Cyclery. The parts are mainly newer evidencing continuous upgrades, at least until the early 90s. The extra rivet holes show that at some time the cable routing was changed. The mystery to me is why the bike doesn't use a front brake stop. This may be the only ham with a noodle!