I had a few things to take care of before loading up the Passage for the second Shake Down cruise. Namely I needed to install the new step down ferrule I picked up Sunday and while I was at it I put on a longer rear derailleur cable housing.
With that taken care of it was off to Alki to see how it would all work.
This time instead of going 150 yards I was able to go nearly 15km. And I have plenty of observations but no real complaints. It is early days with only a short distance but it will do for a start. Some observations:
- I like the sneaker pedals - nice and roomy
- I like the wider 27x1 3/8 tires
- I like the sprung leather saddle although its going to take a bit more breaking in
- The shifting performs great although the operator could use some work
- And unless I set the speedo wrong I am faster on the Passage than on the Handsome Devil
I also climbed a very slight incline, not so much to try the low end gears, which worked fine, but more to see the brakes worked under speed going down hill - which they did.
I did make a stop to enjoy the sunshine, and to have a nice espresso shake. And get some shots of the bike.
With the shakedown complete I could wrap the bars, and this being the Passage project there had to be a hitch. With the wider bars the Deda cork wrap I was using didn't wrap all the way with one strip but since I had a second box I used both cork strips to wrap one side of the bars.
When I opened the second box, however, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting.
Same brand, box, color but different styles, I did find the perforated style could be stretched far enough to cover a side with just one strip.
This morning I undid the cork side and evened things out. I am only meh with the results as I couldn't wrap as tightly as I would like in order to cover but it will do for now. I still have the front rack to receive and mount and I may mount the Velo Orange fenders that used to be on the Handsome devil but that's for later.
This project has come a ways from a bike that was rideable but not really refubished.
Down to a frame
And built up again
With a few upgrades along the way (yellow new, blue mix of old and new):
|1986 Schwinn Passage|
|Frame||Columbus Tenax Chrome-moly double butted main tubes, forged dropouts||same|
|Fork||Tange Hi -Tensle steel, forged dropouts||same|
|Headset||Tange SE-II sealed||same|
|Crankset||Sakae SR CXC-T 310 170 mm forged alloy 30/46/50||Same crank arms new 26/36/46 chain rings|
|Front Derialleur||Suntour XC Sport||same|
|Rear Derailler||Huret Duo Par||the bike had a shimano light action on it which I replaced with a Shimano Deore LX MD 581|
|Pedals||SR -SP-250semi plaform||MKS Sneaker|
|Freewheel||Mallard Atom 5 speed 14-16-19-23-28||IRD Defiant 6 speed 14-17-20-24-28-32|
|Brakes||Dia-Compe 960 Alloy Canti||Original up front, Tektro CR720 in the rear|
|Brake lever||Anatomic hooded alloy drilled||It came with some Shimano SLR areo levers which I replaced with Origin 8 drilled areo levers|
|Handlebar||SR Custom Alloy 42 cm||VO Grand Cru Chris's Rando Handlebar 48cm|
|Stem||SR Custom alloy 80mm||Nitto Technomic Stem, Tall, 26.0 Clamp 100mm|
|Hubs/Rim||Mallard hubs 36/40, Weinmann alloy||Sta-Tru alloy hubs and rims 36/36|
|Tires||Schwinn Passage dual hard 27x 1 1/4 skinwall||Came with Specialized Tri Sport 27x1 1/4 blackwall I replaced with Kenda K40 27x 1 3/8 tan walls|
|Saddle||San Marco Touring Anatomic||VO Saddle, Model 5, Sprung Touring -brown leather|
|Seat Post||SR Laprade Alloy Micro adjusting 26.6mm||same|
And so with that I declare today, April 25th 2017 to be NEW BIKE DAY! Ok so its a 30 year-old frame but I think there has been enough work and new parts to be close enough for me.