like waiting for the perfect set,
when the urge hits ya take advantage.
I did learn my lesson about overspending with the wheels,
and have gone back to scouring for cheaper beat up parts.
Perfect for this light-duty work...
These are 1973+ dura-ace center-pull brakes,
masked as mafac's, weinmann's or dia/gran comps,
by switching the left and right arms,
hiding the lettering.
garnished with old black Benotto bar wrap.
These levers were tough to drill with all the curves and no jig.
more obvious in the last post.
Jake and I got them as even as possible,
without risking the fragile tubing.
very tough to drill with the deep lettering.
I got out the Dremel and cleaned them up after the pic.
Only one is used on this frame,
as there's only one shifter braze-on.
Either this had no front derailleur,
or possibly an early lever-operated Simplex or Campagnolo model.
Yeah you know I'm hunting for one!
I thought this was a score as it was one of the lowest priced on eBay...
This is a 70's model,
and they used cheesy copper rivets,
instead of the cool hammered heads they use now.
I was bummed at first,
but the smaller early Brooks badge makes it authentically vintage,
and there's a fix to make the rivets flush.
A Brooks Swallow will run an easy $300,
and I've always wanted to try this cut-down mod.
making it an easy one night project.
The biggest trick is soaking the wings in water overnight
to make the leather more pliable.
It doesn't have the Swallows sharp angles,
just a clean thin profile.
however the aero seatpost from the Rauler was an exact fit.
and thankfully it's raining,
plenty of nights to keep hunting and tinkering.