Nigori sake after a maiden rained on ride on a new rig.

The light blue bottle cage was the final touch.  Over the two weeks since I bought this NOS frame and wheel set, I scrounged up enough Dura Ace to get it complete, and the PROFILE bars in front to be period correct.  Fuck YEAH!

and carbon free

and carbon free

Can’t do the SIDIs and the Time pedals with the broken toe still bothering me.  I’m wearing Birkenstock sandals, so I look like a hippie as I go along speedily.  Perhaps my thousand yards of pavement stare counters that effect.

I’m happy with this.  I rode it to the bike shop and on the way it started raining and almost hailing.  All hail senna’s first time trial bike.  Too bad it doesn’t hold racks and bags.  I like the little wheels, they really get going quick!

Sipping Nigori creamy white samurai goodness this afternoon, watching the rain come and go.

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About littlejar

5 - Learned to ride in paved alley behind liquor store in Lowell. 16 - Road bike riding alone while peers do soccer practice. 18 - First new road bike bought with winnings from Project Graduation. 20 - Burlington VT. Nuff said. 22 - Joined the Air Force. 23 - Joined team Fair Wheel in Tucson - rode the Shootout. 24 - Rode El Tour in under five. 26 - Toured to Quebec City 28 - Toured Oklahoma to Vermont 30 - Found my dream bike - a 1989 58cm LaBan (#22) 32 - Experienced Minneapolis and saw BIKE CULTURE. 34 - Building my first bicycle frame, with a self made jig. USA

12 thoughts on “Nigori sake after a maiden rained on ride on a new rig.

  1. Yes, those are 9 speed down tube DA shifters. Indexed butter, they are.

  2. Is there anything better in all of bikedom than the glorious rebirth of a classic warrior? I think not. LJ, I’ll see your sake and raise a glass of Kentucky’s best in reply. May the wind always be at your back.

  3. Dammit! I forget to measure the bolt pattern on that 58 ring I have! I’ll do it in the morning. If it’s 130, I’ll mail it to you!

  4. I don’t care what bolt pattern it is. If you send it, the crank arms will come. That’s how it works in my world. I had to trade a Chorus crankset for that beat up old DA you see in the photo. You got my phone number in the last post where you had a promise going. That’s a sad 52 you’re looking at.

    The 58 may not make it over the Aurora median curb ass thing, though. I gently hopped that today with those ridiculous tires. Looking for 650c fold-able fatter than this. Using those shifters is about as fun and crisp as shooting cans with a .22 — ka-ping ka-ping; but about 1/1000 the noise.

  5. She’s gonna spin out the 52. I have a 26″ machine and tars are hard to source. I run 26x1s on the road and the knobbies are, uh, wider… they’re Schwalbes. When you have to hop big-ass curbs, remember to shift onto the big ring so the chain takes some of the hit instead of the chainring. :)

  6. No, no hits there. Hits no good, chain or not. It is only a 52, but a really nice one. As close to new as I can get, you know?

  7. I hear ya on the curb hits— the chain won’t really help protect the big ring anyway. And they’re never the same after you hammer them flat again. :)

  8. A file and some skill can make a bad chain ring good. Galling becomes mystery clicks. Small flat finish cut files cut the aluminum beautifully. Also hitting the sides of the cassette cogs gently takes away little noise makers.

  9. what is the frame brand?
    i could tell you bmx dropouts from the eighties
    but my catalog for older road frames is limited
    love the wishbone seat stay