Thursday, July 2, 2009

What's in the stand...

Been a while since I had a "What's In The Stand" post, so I thought I'd make it extra tasty. This Steve Potts CCR (Cross Country Racer) is owned by my friend Noah. It was the first vintage bike he bought many years ago. So many years ago, that the bike probably wasn't considered vintage at the time. It's a mid 90s bike and there are some who probably still don't see it as vintage - but it is classic. And classy.

The frame was repainted by Rick at D&D Cycles. Noah collected new old parts over the years and finally, with all the parts ready, sent them out to me (he lives in NYC) for the final assembly. He wanted to easily swap between the drop bar set-up and a flat bar set-up so I installed some Ritchey cable connectors that were designed for a take-apart travel bike, but work nicely in this case to quickly swap handlebars and full controls. In fact, the original cable connectors were designed exactly for this scenario. In the early 90s, Bruce Gordon made some quick cable connect that allowed his Rock and Road bikes to be converted between drop and flat bars.

The bike turned out really nice. Four rolls of cloth tape took care of bar taping duties - taping the bars with cloth tape around all those controls is a pain. There's a split in half mountain bike grip on the top of the drop section of the bar for extra cush. The flat bar grips are new old Magura motorcycle grips that had the flanges precision trimmed by Charlie Cunningham - just like the first WTB grips were done.

Even though the bike was painstakingly put together with NOS parts, it will be a rider. And a sweet rider it will be.

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1 comment:

MG said...

OMG... That beauty makes me swoon. Thanks for the great, detailed pics.