No, wait–that should be off the bike. That’s right. I spent an entire weekend not riding, though not an entire weekend without things velo.
I’d no fixed plans for riding this weekend. In fact, I just assumed that I would take at least one long ride, either to New Glarus or perhaps to Mt. Horeb, either on the road or via one of the rail-trails that connect Madison to these small towns. The weather was beautiful–crisp in the morning, mid-80s in the afternoon–though notice that I don’t say perfect. Much too warm in the afternoon for this time of year. For some reason, that makes it seem worse.
But all was not lost. I spent part of the over-warm afternoon on Saturday puttering in the cool of my basement shop. I built up the winter bike most of the way (it’s only lacking a chain and brake cables, which I have yet to scavenge).
And more importantly, I took delivery of an 81 Trek 613 frame-set. As such, I spent a significant amount of time in the shop with the frame-set on the workstand–so that I could admire it–and so that it serve as a point of inspiration for digging around in my parts bins for the rest of its build.
I’m thinking that this one will go in one of two directions–either a a single-speed light-touring, randonneur or a basketed/racked single-speed townie.
Right now, I’m leaning toward the latter as the frame has no bottle cage braze-ons, or many other braze-ons for that matter.
Either way, it will have a VO seatpost, Nitto Technomic stem, Brooks B-17 saddle, Shimano 600 crankset, VO hammered metal fenders, and Dia-compe centerpull brake calipers. The rest is either unknown (pedals, drivetrain) or dependent on what I want it to be in the end (front rack, handlebars, brake levers).
I’m also toying around with converting it to 650b, but I need to check the geometry first.