While in San Jose I had a chance to chat with Ahren about the VO Pass hunter. Seeing this lovely Toei pass hunter on the "My Cycle Touring with TOEI" site has me obsessing about it again.
I want this bike to be light enough to rival modern racer-type bikes. It'll probably use Ergo shifting which is easier to deal with when climbing and maybe even, gasp, some of those new-fangled wheels. Yet it should have some of the characteristics of a rando frame, fender mounts, front rack, stable handling, great comfort. One of my goals is to attract the sort of rider who might have bought a modern cyclo-cross bike. Another is to show the folks on our local bike rides that we are not only interested in retro-bikes.
Originally we considered building the frame from Reynolds 953, but the more I learn about that tubing the more problematic it seems. Since Ahren is a super titanium welder, our newest plan is for a Ti frame. I really want to keep the weigh down so I might even consider a carbon fork.
We'll start on the frame as soon as we're caught up on city bike orders. Of course it might be a steel frame again by that time.
13 March, 2007
Posted by Velo Orange at 6:19:00 PM