16 February, 2012
Annette, our CFO, has made some changes to her bike that I find interesting. Her semi-custom VO rando (frame #2) was set up with drop bars and brifters and a leather saddle, in typical randonneur fashion. But Annette no longer lives in the countryside with endless farm roads around. Now she finds herself riding in a more urban area or on rail-to-trail bike paths. So she decided to rebuilt her bike to match her new riding style.
She switched out the drop bars for VO Milan bars. A new VO chrome stem provides more bar height than the previous Nitto Technomic. The driver train went from Campy 9-speed triple to Shimano 105 10-speed double with flat-bar shifters and a VO compact crank. A new VO Hi-Lo wheelset completes the running gear. Grand Cru caliper brakes provide more stopping power and much better modulation than the previous Tektros. She also switched the saddle from a Brooks B17S to a Terry, which she'd used on another bike and preferred. New dual-sided pedals with SPD on one side, platform on the other side, are on the way and will be the final change. Igor, our new warehouse manager, did the wrenching.
Annette is thrilled with the new setup and can't wait to get some serious riding in. (Note that when the photo was taken the bar and saddle height had not yet been adjusted.)
This really seems like great compromise between an urban bike and a road bike. It's a sort of ultimate hybrid bike. Who else has switched from drop bars to city bars on a road bike and what's your experience been?
Posted by VeloOrange at 4:14:00 PM