The project is now completed and already I wish to make some modifications. The ride is very comfortable however the lower gear doesn't quite manage the hills like my previous bike. I have ordered a Sugino 38 tooth chainring and it should help handle the hills to work much better (think San Fransisco). The higher gears are like a rocket which I don't need however it will be plenty fast even after the modification. I also ordered a Bike to Beach iPod player. I'm totally addicted to that sound technology on my other bicycle.
The Bykadelic project has been completed this past weekend. It started out as a restoration but truly it is a transformation. The project was met with many delays. Several parts that I ordered last fall only arrived last week. What I didn't realize is that the wholesalers often let their inventory drop back at the end of the season and don't replenish their stock until the new season. So the Sturmey Archer 8 speed hub was one of the last things to arrive.
The light set that works off the front SRAM dynamo Hub were tricky to find. As it turns out, although the wholesalers sell the dynamo hubs, no one supplies the lights that would run off them. What is that about? In any case, I stumbled across Peter White Cycles who is the distributor of these lights to north America. The product I purchased were Busch Muller lights from Germany. They have features such as turning on automatically when the ambient light is dim and also stay on for several minutes when you come to a stop.
This is a side project I've been working on, and in the celebration of the first day of Spring, we launched her on her maiden voyage after an overhaul. New wicker basket, cables in 'Dirt Rag Brown' (matches the wicker-it's all about the esthetics), Brooks seat, and cream coloured Schwalb tires.
Rebecca, sporting her new LuLu Guiness sunglasses, reports that she finds the bike very chic.