- Installed Headset Spacers (9 x 10 mm, Origin8 Silver from Amazon.com $6.20)
- Installed Front Disc (Avid BB7, $45.99 from Jenson USA)
- Installed Downtube Shifters (Rivendell Silver Shifters, $42, from Velo-Orange)
- Installed Pedals (Crankbrothers Mallet C, moved from other bike)
- Installed Brake & Derailleur Cables (Novara / REI, silver housing @ $1 / ft, teflon cable, $6 each)
- Installed Rear Wheel & Tire (from other bike)
It's been over 10 years since I used friction shifters, and probably 15-20 since I used downtube shifters (on a bike my dad had). The Rivendell Silver Shifters are just so nice and simple. I wasn't sure using them would seem as natural as the trigger shifters I've become used to. Well, it was a piece of cake. Just reach down, shift, and then feather a little as you pedal. I definitely feel I prefer the trigger shifters for true mountain bike riding, where you need to shift quickly & precisely, but for a utility bike, these are very nice.
On the first couple of rides around the yard (chasing kids), and around the neighborhood (at a casual place) I feel like I want the chain-line to move inboard a bit. Right now, the middle ring on the front lines up with the middle ring on the back (which probably makes sense if all gears would be used equally). I expect to rarely be in the large ring (furthest outboard) up front, and expect to be in the 5 larger (further inboard) gears in the back.
ISIS spindle bottom brackets seem to come in 3 standard axle/spindle lengths - 108 mm, 113 mm, 118 mm. I have the 113 mm. If I switch to the 108 mm I'll move the chain-line inboard 2.5 mm, or about 57% of a gear (gear spacing on 9-speed cluster is 4.34 mm).
Overall, it rides nice. I'm happy with the fit & comfort (so far). The frame size is right. I like the handlebar height (yes, I'm keeping all of those spacers). It's definitely a more rigid ride - I need to get a bigger / softer rear tire. I'd like to be able to fit a Schwalbe Big Apple 29x2.0, but I'm not sure that it will fit. I have the 28x2.35 on the front and love the "suspension" that the "balloon tire" gives.
The rear tire on there is a "37mm", and it measures 1-5/8" wide, with about 3/8" clearance each side, and about 5/8" in the front, and over 1" on top. That seems to indicate that I'll have 3/16" on each side, but I don't know about the front - maybe I'll try to find a shop who has a 29x2.0 tire on a wheel I can try to fit...