Actual test bed for randonneuring. Brakes are Mafac Racer, wheels are 650b x 42 (Pacenti PL23) with Grand Bois Hêtre. Rear hub is a Maxicar with a Cyclo freewheel (3 speeds: 16, 20, 24). The brake levers are ‘guidonnets’ and are awesome to use. The frame was found in the trash by a friend and it ended up in my hands after a few exchanges with others. Saddle is a Brooks B17 steel, and cranks are 165mm Sugino 75. The headset is a bastard: parts from stronglights and Shimano 105 JIS… Missing: rear and front derailleurs: I have the front derailleurs (which is a manual lever on the seat post) and the rear derailleurs, well… I have 3 Cyclo Standard derailleurs from the 50’s and no brackets (yet) to put them on the bike… Coming soon.
Custom made merinos wool jersey for Les Jambes D’Acier fixie cycling club, by soigneur.co.nz
The kit was part of “Collection Prestige”, and is comparable, as per what I read, to Reynolds 591 tubing. Here is some litterature on the topic: http://www.classicrendezvous.com/France/Vitus_history.htm
All I need is a bottom bracket shell: the one I was offered was metric, French Thread, and I felt this was going to be much more complicated to rethread if an accident occured during brazing. I cannot imagine myself looking for such a tool on the Internet today…
Just received a package: NOS Super Vitus extra-léger 971 steel tubes. Unpacking.
It was so neat, so interesting! Had I not risen so long to get there (4.5 hours), and eat breakfast before going, and eat a plenty while riding (I had a candy bar and a gatorade), I would probably had done better.
Well… I still achieved a couple of 40 -43 km/h (Strava does not see them though…).