Super Saturday! Johnson C‘s shots of his Firenze GL5000 remind me that I need to get busy selecting candidates for the OTSG 2010 Calendar. Yes, I know it’s mid-January, but nothing says we can’t have a February 2010 to February 2011 calendar! I will welcome nominees. Too qualify for the calendar: a) the OTS needs to have been featured in 2009, b) the photograph, not the bike, needs to be visually appealing (in focus, nice setting, well composed, etc.) c) the photo resolution needs to be high enough to reproduce well in print. Look for a ballot poll in the next day or so to submit your nominee.
It’s me again, with my second submission to the gallery. This one is a Firenze GL5000. I found it leading against a tree on a street corner at the residential neighborhood next to Golden Gate Park. From the initial looks of it, it looked like the owner let it sit in the backyard for many a’ years, and finally decide to get rid of it by leaving it outside. Took a bit of work getting it back into working conditions. Took out the old and heavy triple cotter cranks and put in old and heavy double cotterless cranks. Front wheel was f.u.b.a.r., so I put on a spare that I had. Killed many a’ spiders, especially the king spider that lived in the handlebars. Non-drive side of frame is very ugly. Rear wheel is not true and eaten with rust, but still works. Tried keeping it as low budget as possible, pretty much all the original parts.
Trying to find some info on the Firenze, and all I could find on google is that it was given free when bought with a stereo in Daly City (next to SF) back in the day. Anyone got more info?
Rides surprising well, lighter than expected, goes up San Francisco hills decently: a good beater.