There are more photos here.
My new VO frame is built up, but there is still more to do. I need to shellac the handlebar tape, mount a bell, build new wheels, install the new brake levers when they arrive. None of that stopped me from going riding though.
The bike is very smooth and comfortable even when hammering over the pave' and cobbles in downtown Annapolis. This is surprising since Ruffy-Tuffy tires are not known for a comfortable ride.
I noticed that the bike is very easy to ride; I don't have to pay attention to staying on course. Handling in curves excellent-- effortless might be a better word. Riding no handed at low speeds is easy, but it is no easier or harder then with most good bikes. I had expected an improvement with the low trail geometry
The Paul brakes are surprising. They stop with very little effort, even with pads that are not yet properly seated. In fact I came close to launching over the handlebars until I got used to them.
Overall I'm very pleased. There will be some very minor tweaks, but this is as fine a frame as I've ever ridden.
21 December, 2006
Posted by Velo Orange at 2:11:00 PM