Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tom's New Randoneur

Tom drove up from VA this past Friday to pick up his new Ellis. We got the bike built up and had a chance to enjoy some great riding weather. I used some Sachs Rene Singer lugs and a Pacenti Paris Brest crown for the full classic rando look. Tom choose to go with a Nitto M12 rack up front, and I made sure it fit up nicely with the canti mounts. Jason pinstriped the head lugs and fork crown to "frame" the head tube and logo.

On the seat stays, you can see the canti brake cable stop, curved bridge with tangs and fender mount, and the subtly pointed seat stay tips.
The curved chain stay bridge also get a fender mount and tangs.

Tom had sent along most of the parts to assemble the bike, so it was almost finished when he arrived, we just had to hook up the stem and handlebar and route all the cables before he was ready for a test ride and requisite photo. (don't worry, we re wrapped the bars to hide those shift cables after I shot this photo!)

Tom took a short solo ride on Fri afternoon, and then we got back together on Sat. morning for a longer ride. Headed out west of Waterford into the hills and gave the new bike a proper shakedown.

Below you can see Tom grinding up a hill while I snap a photo or two!


We stopped for a shot or two of the Ellis'. I rode my cross bike with the fat 32c tires..., cush!


We enjoyed some of the nicest Oct. weather you can possibly get in Wi, and the fall colors were in full effect. Below, a shot of Tom heading up one of the last climbs of the day with a brilliant backdrop of fall color.


Cheers,
Dave

4 comments:

gobucky said...

1. Hills? Waterford has hills?

2. What is the braze-on on the back of the head tube? Is it a cable guide?

j thurow said...

Another beautiful Ellis.

@gobucky: I'm guessing it's a pump peg.

Dave Wages said...

You're right j thurow, it's a pump peg. It's a 1/4" ball bearing brazed onto the head tube.

Ok, ok, maybe not hills, but definitely gradual inclines!

Thanks for the nice comments!

Cheers,
Dave

comoyroyal said...

gobucky: yes some hills west of Waterford , , I would say more rises than hills, but some were short and steep. Just rode the bike in western Fauquier County VA, definitely hilly.