There was no appropriate bridge for to mount a caliper to, so I brazed the studs to the stays. ); Bullhorn bars, front brake (Mafac) has dual controls. Newly reconfigured, it now features a Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal gear hub. This bike has a flip-flop hub with a fixed sprocket on one side, and a 2 speed freewheel on the other.With light 622 mm rims, this bike also has Ritchey 32-622 Tom Slick tires. I used to have it set up as a fixed gear (42/15), with Scott AT-3 LF bars, Sun 14A rims, Campgnolo Record high-flange hubs, 28/24 spokes, Brooks Swift saddle, 165 mm Shimano 105 cranks (with a Biopace chainwheel, which most people will tell you is impossible..isn't, it's merely improbable! This gives me three different gears, but I have to stop and move the chain (or reverse the rear wheel) manually to shift.
This was a major source of spending money for me when I was in junior high and high school.
I was (and am) a compulsive tinkerer, delighting in putting things together that were not made for each other.
I took my first tour on that bike, from Marblehead to Alfred, Maine, about 120 miles each way.
My scoutmaster and I did it two days up and two days back, including camping out in a graveyard the first night, for want of a better spot.
When I was a kid, the Marblehead town dump was one of my favorite hang outs, and I eventually noticed that there were lots of bike parts there.
I had long done my own bicycle maintenance, with the help of a friendly bike shop owner, so I knew enough to be able to put bikes together out of parts from the dump.This bike is currently mothballed, because I took it's wheels and saddle to equip the E. Light 630 mm (27x1) wheels, chaincase, rare Sturmey-Archer SW 3-speed, Flexstem. The SW hub is lighter, more efficient, and quieter than the normal AW model, and has a wider range.Unfortunately, this model had a very high rate of defective units, so they only made it from 1956-58. This had a modified Haro BMX fork with an extended steerer, Zoom Brahma bars, Araya 7x aluminum rims with 28 mm Continental Grand Prix tires, Sugino cranks, Normandy large-flange hubs, Dia Compe BMX brake.It is considerably sturdier than the other "F frame" Moultons, but always felt heavier and slower to me.Part of this was likely the rear suspension, which uses a rubber ball as the shock absorber, and it's a bit too soft and too highly damped.In 1959, when I was a sophomore in high school I got my first "serious" bike, an Elswick "Tour Anglais", with 630 mm (27 inch) wheels, drop handlebars and a 4 speed Sturmey-Archer gear hub-very hot stuff for the place and time!