This is an update/continuation of my Old Issues post from awhile back.
I never have liked the idea of bikes as wall hangers or garden features. Maybe for bikes that just are no longer safe to ride; they can be put out in the pasture so to speak. So I was really torn when I broke the granny chainring on this bike last year; thinking at the time that if I ever find a replacement, should I just hang this time capsule on the wall?
The crankset is a Spécialités TA Cyclotouriste not something that is compatible with what is now a Shimano dominated market. Even looking to the original crankset manufacturer, I wasn’t finding direct replacements. So it took about 6 months to find the 26-tooth replacement chainring for this 40 year old bike and at least another 6 months to find the right hardware; and having to buy a whole crankset just for the hardware was more than a little tough to swallow, but I did it and I have a few spare parts left over. Anyway, after making the repairs, and putting back on some more period correct brake pads, I was ready to take a lap around the neighborhood before committing this antique to the wall.
Then I broke down and risked a 9 mile cross country ride at Galbraith. Very glad I did. Maybe I’ll do it again someday, but I think that I will keep the rides few and far between as well as tame.