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1982 Gazelle AA Champion Mondial Special

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I'm not a big fan of fades, yet I find this to be both tasteful and sexy. I decided to build with parts I had on hand, in particular I had in mind a mixed bag of components that I really like. I'd originally thought to run a Suntour Superbe rear derailleur but it wouldn't throw eight speeds. Instead I went with Shimano 600 tri-color (RD-6400), which indexes six speeds but I am very successfully running eight speeds in friction mode. I discovered that the securing bolt on the 600 front derailleur I planned to use was stripped, so I'm running a newer Ultegra instead. The shift levers are 600; the brake levers are Exage; the brakes are 105. Stepping away from Shimano, the crankset is a Sugino Mighty Aero 52/42 which uses a 110mm bottom bracket, thus I have both a light crankset and a nice, tight Q-factor. I am very pleased with the shifting of the 11-21 rear: it is like butter! The front shifts equally smoothly. The saddle — a Flite — is a bit more modern than the rest of the bike, but I'm good with that.

The housing is Jagwire and if you look closely you'll notice that there is an intentional mix of red and white to sort of match what is taking place with the paint scheme of the frame.

Even though I experimented with several different components, this build has come together very, very quickly. Ignore the seat post binder; I went to test ride the build and suddenly couldn't find an appropriately sized binder bolt. Thus, I stuck this monstrosity on temporarily. While you're ignoring things, also please ignore the reflector on the wheel, which I neglected to throw in the trash before heading out the door!

People who friended this bike non-fixie, knapprobert, Splined, mihaicara, campystamp, Smiley, mastronaut, jjsantini, per.k


Added to my cluster as well, really nice ride and photo!


Added to the cluster!

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