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December 10th, 2009 Comments off

1999 Schwinn Peloton, Reynolds 853

This is my 2009 build project, after my lust for riding was reinvigorated by my son’s new found ability to ride, and stoked by my friends Mike, Kenny, Charlie and Eric.

It began with moving all of the Shimano Ultegra (600-EX) components from the Condor, and turned into a bargain hunting project. It is now almost entirely Dura Ace (the brakes are still 7402, my favorite brakes ever) except for the Ultegra crankset and the Mavic Krysium Elite wheels. Cinelli 130mm X/E stem and (of course) 65s for bars.

I still judge this as a work in progress. The initial headset was a total nightmare – every time I rode the bike, it worked itself loose. Eventually, it was replaced by the very knowledgeable, friendly, honorable and trustworthy Mr C’s, and the removed headset turned out to be badly pitted. Only time will tell if this new one (another Origin) will stand up. There’s no bar tape on it at the moment either – still working on my position. And the jury is still out on whether the white-striped tires work. This is another big frame – 69cm seat tube, and a nearly 60cm top tube. I love that, i feel so comfortable with it being so long, with being stretched out. And did I mention that the frame is incredibly light, and the fork – aluminum – is ridiculously weight free. Reynolds knew what they were doing when they created 853 tubing.

Besides the headset woes, the only gripe I have with this frame is how easily the paint chips on it. I swear – stare at it for too long and another paint chip will flake off.

I have to wait and see what happens with the headset now, but until that is resolved, this continues to be my top bike.