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The Governor-General

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Mariah (Tange 5 27" 10-speed road frame) / 56-ish cm / Early 80s?

Nitto moustache / Nitto Dynamic / leftover Brooks tape

Douglas Touring / Cobbled-together bits

Sturmey-Archer Drum / 700C CR-18 / 700x40 Schwalbe Marathon Plus

Sturmey-Archer Drum / 700C CR-18 / 700x40 Schwalbe Marathon Plus

Some old Sakae 110 BCD crankset / Shimano UN54 cartridge

Brooks B17 / Some old Laprade seatpost

Platform pedals / KMC zinc-coated rust-resistant chain

none / none

Sturmey drum brakes / Weinmann wi/speed holes!

46t Origin8 chainring / 20t ACS crossfire freewheel, sludproofed with a coat of grease (5.0 m/dev)

fantabulous 700x40 pneumatic suspension system

Bought the frame from U of T's Bikechain and used it as a singlespeed commuter for a year or two. The brake pads wore out distressingly quickly in Feb-March slud conditions so I turned to drum brakes, inspired by Pashley's Guv'nor & fat-tired path racers. In this case the stem & handlebars are probably worth more than everything else, but hey. It's comfy and requires almost zero care through the winter.

The tire clearance is pretty close. Might try some steel fenders sometime. I considered a 650A wheelbuild for this bike, we'll see how it goes this winter.

Sludproofing features include:
- drum brakes
- cable routing arranged to discourage water from collecting within cable housing
- globs of grease around anything that pivots or spins
- rust-resistant chain
- platform pedals to fit winter boots

Haven't been able to find much information on 'Mariah' bikes sold by Bay Sports in Toronto. 2 of the photos here show another Mariah I encountered. Aside from that I think I saw a fairly original one with steel drop bars, suicide levers, the usual 10-speed stuff.

Future plans? There might be room to respace the rear hub, put a spacer behind one freewheel, fit an adjustable bottom bracket cup into it, then put on another freewheel... for... RETRO-DIRECT!!!

People who friended this bike Jon-one, fastfixie, Mandrake, suicide_doors, axe_somebody, Mtbfixed, JQS

Super cool

ATB Man I really dig this awesome ride.My kind of machine.



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