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Cycles Toussaint Velo Routier

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It has been a real pain putting this together. The bike arrived, poorly packaged and with several parts damaged. I've tried to remedy things as I can, but the front derailleur was bent enough that I don't feel it will be safe to use. I'll most likely switch it out with a nice Shimano 600 braze on that I have waiting around for a build. (I also have an NOS Campy Record front derailleur, but it didn't want to play well with the bracket for some reason.) The rear rack had to come off entirely - the tongue that attached to the brake bridge prevented the straddle cable on the brakes from being attached or used. It will have to be bent differently than the way it came installed in order for it to be functional.

In their defense, Cycles Toussaint was upset to hear about the arrival condition, and they are going to make things right for me. Meanwhile, I'm going to see what I can do to get things roadworthy. The bar wrap arrived in tatty condition, but I planned to replace it with cotton anyway. Only some of the housing and cables made it to Missouri, so I spent part of this morning tracking down red brake cable housing, driving to get it, then installing the brakes. The jury is out for the moment on the saddle until I can get the adjustment dialed in. Just riding it up and down the street - which is a totally unfair way to judge - I don't care for the way it hits my sit bones. It feels quite different from the Brooks Professional saddles that are on many of my other bikes, and nothing at all like the Brooks Cambium. It has a whole lot of set back though, so I would really like to like it. We'll see.

The bars are adequately wide, but I am used to the rando bars on my Boulder and the Cinelli bars on the Silk.



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