Only 2 hours in and the peroxide is really doing its thing.This thing's already starting to take on that sitting behind a shed for decades look.
Bike looks good, and the kid gets a science lesson in the process.It's pretty close to being finished y'all. Today we greased everything, slapped some generic pedals and the front rack on and w e added some finishing details with some stickers I got from @Smoopy's.
View attachment 46781 View attachment 46780 And as it just so happens the Mrs. and I have a standing babysitter on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so tonight we took an 8 mile bike ride along the Concho river and stopped along the way to get some pictures with some of the cool public art along the trail. For all you VW guys;View attachment 46782 View attachment 46783 And for you fans of Detroit tin;View attachment 46784 View attachment 46785
I am however contemplating a seat change, those wider older seats kinda suck if any distance is involved, and I think I've got a nicely worn in Ideal saddle around here somewhere so we'll see where that goes, but for now I 'm quite pleased with this bike. I picked the right tires to transition from paved to gravel to sand trails, the bars feel comfortable, and the rebuilt Shimano hub stops on a dime. Also by having my son help me with the patina, he's learned how cool rust can be, in fact on Henry's suggestion I didn't apply a clear coat, because he said he wanted to see just how rust it could get with time.
I was surprised how hard the brooks professional saddle I bought is , looks great but just didn't have the comfort I expected. I believe they take some some years & saddle dressing to get worked in .Thanks OJ, unfortunately the Ideale saddle is a no go, in my lifetime I've had the misfortune of fracturing or really really breaking my tailbone (coccyx) 5 times, I thought leather would be the way to go, butt, mine hurts after a mile or so. So I'm going back to the original seat, just lowered a bit. It's a late 60's Persons saddle that still has the manufacturer's stickers on the underside, plenty of padding left. After a lot of riding with both, upwards to 20 miles pretty much split equally, it proved the more comfortable and thus the winner. On a side note, if anyone needs a 60's French leather saddle, I may know where you can get one.
They're like baseball gloves, you have to oil them and allow them to fit to you, I love this saddle, it's supple and comfortable... for a while. In x-rays my tailbone looks like a Cheeto. A good leather saddle is great for anyone without my deformity.I was surprised how hard the brooks professional saddle I bought is , looks great but just didn't have the comfort I expected. I believe they take some some years & saddle dressing to get worked in .
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