Edward S. sent us this sweet little ’83 Ross Gran Tour. Completely shined and freshly shod with some badass Kenda Kross, looking good!
Ross Gran Tour 1983
It is a 12-speed. Forgive me. Got this at a yard sale. Poor thing was lying in the grass with no price tag. The derailleurs are Shimano Altus and work great. The biggest problem is with the headset. I can’t get it to quit wobbling without overtightening it.
The frame is made of fancy Japanese “024” steel.
The front quick-release has a c-shaped opening for the axle. It was intended to allow quick-release without the danger of the wheel popping off if the release loosened. This is a design that Ross patented.
Hugh’s Bicycle Blog is a great place to pick up tips on restoration. My favorite so far is Mother’s Mag and Aluminum Polish. This is fantastic stuff, and will make most of the metal, especially aluminum shine better than new.
Thanks again Ed