OK Boys & Girls, Ladies & Gentlemen, And All Others (!!)
We Have PARTS!
Over the last few days I've received something like 8 packages of parts for this bike, and, I just couldn't help myself and began assembly as soon as it was anything like reasonable to do so! And this started with the wheels. Oddly, I was waiting on wheel tape!
In mounting up the tires on the wheels, I've come to appreciate that they are better than I had expected for the money. They were something like $125 the pair, delivered.
They are: Wheel Master 700C Sun CR17 SL 36h. These are double-wall, designed for rim brakes, have eyelets, and made in the USA. Unlike a handful of StaTru wheels I've had, these had no issues with the alignment of the joint where the rim comes around and meets itself - I presume this is likely because it's a double wall, so it's easier to make a true rim. ... In any event, they have an 18mm gap for the tire. Front v rear:
o Rear: Shimano M430 freehub, 135mm wide with black QR
o Front: Shimano hub / axle, 100mm wide, with black QR
To these are fitted Rubena V99 City Hopper 700C / 29 inch X 2.0 inch with wire bead in gray, Innova inner tubes in 700 x 35 / 43 c, shrader valve 38mm. ... IDK if the inner tube being a bit on the small side will be an issue or not (comments from the peanut gallery?) but the salesman said they were fine. (Of course!
[EDIT: I should have noted that from the numbers, I think it's officially a 9 speed freehub, but I fitted to it a new Shimano 11-28T 7 speed cassette, "just because." It's got a 4mm shim behind the gear stack.)
Above we see the front wheel already mounted to the front fork with fender - and already one of the two V-brake cantilever arms!
... Anticipation! Behind, we see the Stinson frame for which this fork was originally selected. Looks like it would, indeed, be a fine fit for that bike, and great color match! However, the blue-ish San Rafael frame also looks fine with the silver front fork, so...
... That brings us to a peek at the San Rafael frame and a comparison with the Stinson! First, the San Rafael, by itself:
I've tried to orient the photo so that it's roughly aligned to the horizontal as it would be in service. My wild guess is that the center of the support section from seat tube to down tube is supposed to be about horizontal, so that's my target. Just looking at the frame this way, in person, one can easily see that I was wrong about the head-tube; it's not parallel with the seat tube but rather is inclined more than the seat tube - the top being more toward the seat tube. (I'm not sure in which direction this angle is usually measured - IIRC, Sheldon indicates either nomenclature has been in use. -shrug- ) Other differences and curiosities show up when laying the one frame over the other, though unfortunately, much of the detail one can see in person is hard to capture in images without elaborate setup to align the frames for photography of each specific detail. ... My narration and a few not-too-terrible photos will have to do!
OK, first something that really surprised me: The seat tube for the San Rafael is more highly inclined than the Stinson! At least, using a centered bottom bracket (even if it is here in this image rotated a few degrees because the rear forks prevent it from sitting flat), and aligning the chain stays, the San Rafael seat tube is perhaps two degrees more inclined, though installing wheels could help confirm this.
Another surprise was that the San Rafael frame is at least one, and perhaps as much as two inches longer than the Stinson:
You can also clearly see that the Stinson's head tube is much longer and rises above the downtube considerably, whereas in other image you can clearly see that the San Rafael's head tube's top is much closer to the down tube - symmetrically mounted.
Further, even more surprising was that when aligned in this way, it's clear that the San Rafael's head tube has the greater angle to increase caster (I think some call this "slack?") - that is, the top is more toward the rider. Check out this image:
Finally, ... I think I'm going to have to alter the front fender's attach point to use the caliper's mount instead! Whenever I mount a caliper, I'll have to re-do this, of course!
...Today I hope to get the "cups" (races) mounted into the frame, at which point the whole bike will just fall together!