Status: Personal Collection (Not for Sale)
Frame & Fork: Double Butted Chromoly
Groupset: Shimano Exage 500LX Derailleurs with MicroNew 3x7 integrated shifters and brake levers
Wheelset: Alesa rims with 500LX hubs and Continental Terraspeed 700x35
I was on the lookout for a vintage bike that I could turn into a gravel bike so that I'd have something for my boys to ride when I went on gravel adventures or bikepacking trips. When I saw this touring bike come up for sale, I decided I had found the right one.
I had to make this bike more comfortable and safer for gravel bike riding. It needed better brakes. I replaced the nylon/plastic things that were originally on it with some nice aluminum cantilevers. I also replaced the brake pads with some very effective Kool Stop pads. It also needed a more upright riding position for the trails and wider bars. I used parts that I had on hand, a threadless stem adapter and a wider set of bars. As well, I didn't want my boys to have to take their hands off the bars on rough trails in order to shift at the downtubes so I hunted for some shift/brake combos. The only ones I could find in 3x7 were AliExpress and called MicroNew. I was skeptical but I have to say, they work really well. I wanted nice off road tires but was limited in the width by the rear chain stays. These Continentals work quite well and have been ridden over 400km of gravel with no issues or flats. New shift cables and housing, saddle and bar tape finished off the build. So far, two of my three boys have gone on adventures with me. It was an excellent investment!