|Sequoia at Alpine Lake on a cold January afternoon. Before repaint|
- Replacement of stock fork to a Kogswell Konversion low-trail fork
- Adding cantilever brake posts
- Switching from VO front constructeur rack, to Nitto Big Front rack, to Mark's rack + Tubus Tara lowrider rack, and then finally replacing the Mark's Rack with a Nitto M12 to use the cantilever post and not sharing the mid-fork braze-on with the Tara rack.
|Frameset before repaint; it looks alright from 3 ft away|
|superficial rust; but none inside|
Given that I sold bunch of parts to finance the Stag, but ended up not spending the money (I sold my pre-order spot, but arranged to keep the Pacenti rims), I was pondering repainting the frameset as the powdercoat the previous owner put on isn't in the best of shape, and the frame-mods that took place in the summer of 2012 are still unpainted (except for a layer of rattle-can clearcoat). The rust patches I discovered on the under side of the bottom bracket shell on a recent ride pushed up the timing, as I didn't know whether the rust was only superficial.
Last weekend, I took apart the bike and examined the frameset to better understand the extend of the rust. Fortunately it seems that the rust is only superficial. I took a frameset to a powdercoater and should get it back next week. I picked antique pink (RAL 3014) to be the next color. I also sold the On-one Midge cockpit that was on the bike at the time when I took it apart, and will switch to a VO Grand Cru Classic Round Bend handlebar. I also upgraded the brakes from Avid Shorty 4 low-profile brakes to high-profile Tektro 720's. I look forward to building the bike up and riding it again.