This workshop project has taken me longer than I figured it would and I guess some of that has been by choice. There are so many ways that I could have gone with hubs, gears and other parts that it all can be overwhelming at times.
There have been times that I wondered if I should have done this project. Would the time and money been better spent on a new adventure bike?
Over the weekend I tried to install a brand new Tange bottom bracket. After a couple of tries I figure that I need the bottom bracket chased. Since I don't have the tools for that, I needed to enlist my local shop do do that job for me.
I think I might have had my above question answered today by the shops mechanic. After I told him what I needed done I got the feedback I was looking for. He said I like it! I like the bike and Cane Creek brakes levers!
I feel like if the shop mechanic likes what you are building and he tells you that, then you are doing it right. He gets to work on everything from crap bikes to the latest and greatest. But with working on a project bikes like this is just different. There’s putting new life into a old frame. There’s figuring out how to get new or used parts to work together. Most of all is it going to ride like you have been planning.
I hope by this time next week I can share pictures with you of the mock-up and a report of its test ride.