A little more wrenching, swapping out the knobbies for the Vittoria’s, fenders, and switching some lights around; and we’re done…for now. After a short ride last night, there are still some saddle adjustments to make, but we’re close.
The new brakes are intended to provide the stopping power of V’s with a drop bar configuration. I’ve never been impressed with canti’s, and wasn’t sure about the whole short pull v. long pull thing. The result is mini-V brakes with Kool Stop pads, long pull levers, and short pull interupters. There is still some dialing in to do (I suspect too much toe-in), but so far there is decent stopping power with no chatter or squealing.
As for lighting, my logic is that this will be my night-riding/fitness bike, probably running a few mph faster than the LHT, which is my errand/touring bike. So this machine gets the better lighting. The Luxos also allows me to run the charger for the GPS, although I have a charger coming for the LHT as well.
There is still more riding to do, but so far so good.