This is a really really nice Euro Asia imports 20T cog, probably the nicest track cog i have ever seen. I run a 48 up front for a 65 ish gear ratio for the hills in berkeley. Also it is a nice cruising gear for the coffee and bar runs. Suntour Track ends for you trivia buffs.
These are very TA cyclotourist cranks, which offer extremely low Q factors. Very nice. Anyone know where to get track specific TA chainwheels? A note about the pedals.
6 Years of working in the bike industry has afforded me many a Chi chi part. This bike gets almost all of them. I am still not sure about the suspension post, but i only have a couple of hundred miles on the post, the jury is still out. The suspension is mitigated a bit by the saddle. The saddle is from a WTB blow out at a cycle swap. it looks cool but is a bit of, well, an ass hatchet, but boy does it look cool. The bike also has a king headset, a pauls non Vbrake brake lever, a hugi 40 hole front hub (tandem surplus), A King Cage waterbottle Cage, A beautiful fillet brazed kelly stem, cool bars (see below) and a crazy rear wheel (see below)
When I was young and weak and had just ordered this bike, I went on a tour of merlin. They had Ken Carpenters Ti track bike there and it had a Nuke Proof track hub on it. I had to have one of those hubs. So i ordered it and got it strung up with a mavic open 4cd rim. Yikes, that almost set me back half as much as the frame did (the frame and fork were a bargain at $400 bucks (with ultegra headset and bb!!!!) at the time, not surprisingly Rugg Road Cycles is now defunct). In my defense, the rear wheel has been virtually maintnance free other than two new sets of bearings and three new axles (aluminum is a poor axle material). The bike itself has needed some major repairs in that time frame.
These retro looking cruiser bars were sold by Sycip in SF for a while for use on their Java boy bikes. They nice and wide and nice and flexy and stylee as all get out.
They look real nice with the sexy stem.
I believe Sycip would refer to them as Spicy, but I could be wrong.
I have also run this bike with flat bars, cowhorns (my favorite confort setup as the frame is a little short on the TT for me) flat bars with two pairs of Newk bar ends (approximately 80 hand positons) and drops.