Glad you got the paint on there. Dig the seat but kind of miss seeing the cool bracing underneath. Look forward to seeing it back together.
The front disc still needs some adjustment. Not sure but it seems the old style levers have less pull travel then newer levers?
This is true... Vintage levers, designed for calipers and/or canti brakes, do not pull nearly as far or nearly as quick as modern V-brake levers. This ought to present no problem on the rear brakes. On the disc, adjust carefully and eliminate as much cable slack as possible. If necessary, add a barrel adjuster for fine tuning.
Thanks for the info. A short test ride last night confirmed that the rear brakes and gear shifting are pretty much dialed in. The front brake still needs a little work. The pads are dragging a bit against the disc as I get them close enough for the lever to really work well. The alignment between the disc and caliper is just off a little. Unfortunately it is in a direction that the caliper and mounting bracket don't allow adjustment. Is it safe to assume that the pads will wear in to better align with the disc or should I consider making a shim? Like I say, its not a lot of drag but it does prevent the front wheel from just running free.
Wow, that's a heart and soul build bro, an engineering masterpiece, and a welding textbook all in one.
I've been out of the loop for a bit, bought a house and it's a bona fide fixer upper so I've been back to my original trade of woodworking , roofing, painting, etc on the ol' money pit.
BUT, this build tutorial makes me anxious to pull my little ol' flux welder out and get to work again. I got the bug here a couple years ago, and welded up two bikes for buildoffs...and I swear, the smoothing was the hardest work of all....nevermind all of the joints and bends and welds you had to contend with...your fingers must have been raw LOL
CONGRATS on the build, the work, the inspiration... oh, and the win too.
What a beautiful beautiful bike.