Having given my commuting bike a new lease of life with a Single Speed conversion I have been enjoying riding it around, until it broke on on me. Literally the handle bar just snapped. So I took the opportunity to perform a few repairs / upgrades.
Given the bearings in the headset were so rusty that I basically had indexed steering I decided to replace that along with some new bars and bar tape. Sadly due to so many handle bar sizes I ended up buying slightly the wrong size for my stem, so I had to buy a new stem as well.
- Stronglight 1″ threaded chrome headset
- 25.8 mm 3TTT Gran Prix handlebars also in chrome
- 3TTT Status quill stem in grey – not quite the perfect match
- Cinelli cotton handle bar tape
- Vittoria Zaffiro black and white tyres
Mostly bought from Planet X who are great for NOS kit.
I have never replaced a headset, and without the proper tools it turned into a screwdriver and a hammer job, success none the less.
Everything else was fairly standard, once I worked out how to open the quill stem to thread the handle bars through.
And there we have it, a new lease of life.
I’m now back to being a very happy cyclist.