Originally Posted by WILDCAT
Damn... nice! History & details please!
Hmm, the frame is a generic ('86?) Columbus TENAX tube Tempo from a Tennessee thrift store. The earlier ones had contrasting white paneled fork blades; I think I was looking for a Prelude or Tempo from '84 (chasing down a Columbus SL rumor) but this one was clean so I grabbed it.
Anyway, the project was to build a better Landrider, a bike for someone in their mid '70s. I was told:
- no complicated shifting. Two shifters is too complicated.
- No drop bars. Giant old handlebars.
- Incredibly easy to pedal.
- Nothing that looks like a mountain bike or like a BMX bike.
- It has to look like a mens bike but have a TT low enough for a comfy straddle.
- bog standard drivetrain parts with standard replacements
So, it is a 1x9 with only the barcon shifter on the right. The saddle (Specialized) and 105 short-reach brakes are just units I had sitting around. The Laprade post is original Schwinn. Respacing was straightforward. Crank and BB were straightforward. The wheels were straightforward: 700c on modern hubs.
The barcon stuffed things up. They don't make them for straight handlebar widths, see. So the bars are Nitto North Roads in steel (special order), the steel being thinner than Al, thus having more room inside for the barcon. After that, it was an issue finding brake levers that pulled the right amount of cable (and faced the right way). Eeesh. Without Sheldon and the patient folks at Proteus it couldn't have happened.
Unfortunately, for people in their 70s without much balance left it isn't as easy as riding a bike. It has maybe 50 miles on it.