Thursday, September 3, 2015

12th in a Series of Bruce Gordon's Personal Bikes

I like City Bikes - I thought it is time to spotlight my Personal City Bikes.  The first one I made was featured as my Second in the Series -
This is the second one.  After going to Switzerland a few times and sitting having coffee, I noticed everyone riding bikes.  In Switzerland almost all City Bikes have Fenders, a Bell, Straight Handlebars, a Rear Rack, Lights and a Bell.  Many were older racing bikes (like the bikes I made in the 1970's) with the above modifications.  So when I came back to the US - I decided to make one for myself.  I used a Union Generator Light where the generator is mounted behind the bottom bracket with a lever on the seat tube to turn it on.  You can see the setup in the following photos.

It was built in July 1997.  It had a Sachs Plasma 8 speed rear derailleur, and a Sachs Twist Grip.  I equipped it with a Single Chainring with an Older Cook Brothers Crank and a Spot Brand Chainring and Chainguard.  It had Paul Components Motolite brakes and Levers, Titanium Straight Flat Bars.
It has Specialized Pedals and Ugly Black Plastic Strapless Toe Clips.  After this bike I decided to make a better looking  Bruce Gordon Tubular Stainless Strapless Toe Clips
It is one of the few Fillet Brazed frames I have made.
The angles are 73 degree parallel, it has a 58cm center to center Seat Tube, 57.5cm Top Tube, 42.5cm Chainstays, 7cm Drop, and 4.8cm Fork Rake.
It is like the road bikes I used to build in the 1970's only with Flat Handlebars and fittings to make it usable for city riding - day or night - rain or shine.

I really like making and riding City Bikes.  The next installment will be a Lugged Framed City Bike with all the Bells & Whistles - One of my Favorites

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