Re: Terranaut Road Bike 67cm Lugged Cro-Moly Moustache Bars
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> Punting on the Thames this morning? Croquet and high tea with the
> Duchess this afternoon? Arrive in elegance and style on "The Ariel" by
> Swift enough to keep up with the racing lads, rugged enough for jaunts
> on well-groomed walking trails, and comfortable enough for all-day
> excursions, this fine bicycle has the classic lines which will impress
> the Queen Mum at her next fete.
> Note that this is not a custom frame. It is, however, a wonderful
> example of the exceptionally high quality of certain bikes built in
> Japan during the "Golden Age" of lugged-steel bicycle manufacturing. I
> estimate that it was built in the early-to-mid eighties. The main
> triangle is built from Ishiwata "025" butted cro-moly tubing. Experts
> have described Ishiwata cro-moly tubing as "virtually identical to
> Columbus SP/SL/SLX" (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/japan.html -
> ishiwata). The "025" tubeset used in this frame is designed to be
> quite sturdy, which is appropriate due to the large size of this frame
> and the anticipation of heavier riders. The frame does weigh a bit
> more than those built from "019" or "022" tubing, which were designed
> for ultra-light racing bicycles.
> In choosing components for the frame, I attempted to emulate the best
> characteristics of various bicycles made by Rivendell or the classic
> Bridgestone XO-1s of the 1990s. I am not implying that this bicycle is
> of comparable quality to a Rivendell. Very few bikes are. However, a
> Rivendell Atlantis or Rambouillet, nicely set up, can easily cost more
> than $3000. A custom Rivendell can top $4000 without much of a
> stretch. Even a thirteen-year-old XO-1 can fetch more than $1000 if it
> is pristine, and the largest size made was 59cm. In setting up "The
> Ariel," I tried to capture the spirit of these bicycles on a budget
> which most people could afford.
> I overhauled everything on the bicycle other than the pedal bearings
> (they felt soooo smooth, I followed the axiom, "If it ain't broke,
> don't fix it!") I used Phil Wood waterproof grease in the bottom
> bracket, headset and hubs. The frame and fork have knicks, scuffs and
> scratches as one would expect in a bicycle this old, but the chain,
> freewheel and bearing surfaces all looked almost unused. I think the
> scratches were sustained in storage. Everything is in wonderful
> condition. This bicycle needs nothing other than minor assembly out of
> the shipping boxes.
> I included small touches to improve performance and comfort, such as
> durable, comfortable cork handlebar tape, all new cables and housings
> and Shimano Dura Ace downtube cable guides with barrel adjusters for
> on-the-fly derailleur tuning.
> I searched high and low for wheels that were lightweight, sturdy and
> in character for this bicycle. I found a beautiful set with Weinmann
> rims and Maillard/Atom high-flange hubs. They have a bit more wear on
> them than the other components, but they are in very good condition
> and will serve you well for many thousands of miles if you take care
> of them. Of course, I transferred the bike's original freewheel over
> to the new wheelset.
> Note also that this 67cm frame is designed for people 6'3" and taller.
> If you are of insufficient stature to handle this bicycle safely,
> please do not bid.
> Bicycle Specifications
> - Built from Ishiwata "025" tubing with butted cro-moly main triangle
> - Seat tube is 67cm center-to-center, 68cm center-to-top
> - Top tube is 56cm from the center of the seat lug to the center of
> the head tube
> - Chainstays are 43.2cm
> - Forged Suntour drop-outs with single eyelets front and rear. Rear
> drop-outs are horizontal with plenty of back-and-forth adjustment
> room. This would make a wonderful single/fixie if that is your passion
> - Plenty of clearance for fenders, if you choose to add them later
> - Crankset - Shimano Dura Ace, circa ~1976, with 170mm crank arms.
> 52/42 double. Excellent condition
> - Freewheel - 6-speed, 13-28. Excellent condition
> - Rear Derailleur - Shimano Exage. Excellent condition
> - Front Derailleur - Shimano Sora triple. Brand new. Note that I
> purchased and installed a triple derailleur in case the buyer wishes
> to install a triple crankset. I've limited travel on the front
> derailleur so it works perfectly on the double crankset currently
> - Shift Levers - Suntour "Barcon" ratcheting bar-end levers. Very good
> - Pedals - MKS rebuildable quill pedals with aluminum cages. Chromed
> steel toeclips and leather straps included
> - Brand new derailleur cables and housing
> - Handlebars - Moustache bars, 56cm in width, brand new. See:
> for a nice description of moustache bars
> - Stem - 90mm Atax aluminum stem. I installed a shorter stem to go
> with the moustache bars, which have quite a bit more extension than do
> standard drop bars. Fair-to-good condition with some nicks and scratches
> - Handlebar tape - Cork tape. Natural cork color. Brand new
> - NOTE: I have several pairs of aluminum drop-style road bars which I
> would swap out for the moustache bars if you prefer, but I strongly
> encourage you to try the moustache bars. You will not be disappointed.
> Note that if I do install drop bars, I will also install a 120 or
> 130mm stem to go with them
> - Calipers - Dia-Compe aluminum sidepull brakes with brand new pads
> - Levers - Shimano RX-100 aero levers. Minor cosmetic damage on the
> rubber hood of one lever
> - Brand new brake cables and housing
> - Rims - 36 hole Weinmann aluminum. 27 inch. Note that these are not
> Weinmann's "concave" rims. They are the type with the raised curve
> down the middle of the rim. They are somewhat lighter than the concave
> rims, but are quite sturdy none-the-less. Well used, but well cared
> for as well. They are in very good condition.
> - Hubs - Maillard/Atom "Normandy" hubs, high flange. Good condition.
> - Tires - 27 X 1&1/4" blackwall tires. Brand new
> - Tubes - 27" thorn resistant tubes with schrader (automobile style)
> valves. Brand new
> - Seat Post - Lightweight aluminum seat post by Strong
> - Saddle - Brooks B15. The saddle has one significant scuff mark, but
> it is not structural. The tensioning screw has never been touched, so
> buyer has plenty of room to adjust saddle stiffness.
> About the Seller:
> - I have more than five years experience as a professional bicycle
> mechanic, including a stint as chief mechanic in a major shop outside
> of Boston. For the past ten years, I have been an engineer in the
> electric vehicle industry, but bicycles are still my first love.
> I have set the reserve price for this bicycle at $255. Please do not
> hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
> Yes, this is mine!
> - Forbes Bagatelle-Black
> Santa Clarita, CA