Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What's in the stand...

Custom touring bike. That's what's in the stand. This one is a custom touring/rando frame from Palermo Cycles in Baltimore, MD. The owner started this a while back and in the mean time moved from the DC area to Marin, got married, had a kid, sent the kid to college - kidding about the last one, but up to then I was serious. Just had a kid this weekeend - congratulations Nathan and Meghan!

It built up very nice. Only one hiccup with the length of the front rack mount, but that was easily solved. The only thing I would change would be to use standard butyl tubes. The latex tubes air down too fast and for a long distance rider, you would need to pay closer attention to them to maintain proper air pressure. On to photos...

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Bike's built, on to the fender install.
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The seatstay bridge is pretty neat and mimics the double plate look of the fork crown.
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Racks next with a Nitto M18 that will be swapped for a Nitto Campee for touring.
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There's too much threaded rod from the M18 rack behind the fork so in its final form, there will be a spacer at the front to make this flush. The spacer will also tip the rack forward which will also make it level. Racks have to be level.
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Nice dropouts and dropout detail.
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Mud flap on front fender.
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10 comments:

MG said...

Beautiful bike... Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Turned out really nice. I saw the bike in the stand when I stopped into the shop to pick up a shirt and a few things. Reminded me of one of those Orange Cream popsicles.

Ben said...

Oh my.

Frank said...

Beautiful build. Wish I could work on these (other than my own that is). Love the painted to match fenders. Thanks alot for your informative post.

Guitar Ted said...

That is a sweet looking bicycle. Thanks for sharing it with us.

it's a secret said...

what a beauty!

And I agree on the water bottle thoughts.

Tim Joe said...

I wonder what kind of bicycle Amy Goodman rides.

Anonymous said...

Awesome ride! What I do with the Nitto front racks is add one of those valve stem ferrules between rack and crown. They seem to be the perfect thickness. Look nice too. Then I trim the rod down and fit an acorn nut on the end or, if the brake hole is recessed trim it even more and use a recessed nut.

TacoTruck said...

Sweet Ride. What kind of rims are those? MA-40's or something newer?

blackmountaincycles said...

Rims are very much like a modern MA40, but slightly wider. They are H Plus Son rims, model TB14. Very nice rim and build up nicely.