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A Velo Orange steer tube Decaleur holds a Berthoud handlebar bag and a Crane brass bell in the cockpit. I really like that I can upload the data and see where I’ve ridden on a map, along with all the other stats that it provides.
It’s also nice not having a wire running down from the computer.
I looked at a lot of custom builders, but kept coming back to the Pelican because of its traditional style, features, cost, availability, and colour amongst other pluses.
I called Gabe Ehlert at BDB in San Francisco about the availability of a 56cm frame.
The seat and head tube angles are both 73 degrees respectively, making for great ride characteristics.
From the ground up, I have 700x35mm Panaracer Pasela TG tires.
Lighting consists of a Schmidt Edelux headlight and a B&M Seculite Plus on the rear fender.
Ehlert made a front light arm from a brake part that attaches to the Nitto M-12 front rack (supporting a Gilles Berthoud 2886 bag).
I saw reference to a Box Dog Bikes (BDB) Pelican on the Internet and it really caught my eye.I have a ’93 Rocky Mountain Blizzard [See Raymond Parker’s ’93 Blizzard here] that has over 120,000kms on a Chris King headset without problems, so I went with a Chris King threaded headset again.The quill stem is a Nitto Technomic holding Grand Bois Randonneur handlebars wrapped with Brooks leather handlebar tape.In the near future I hope to get a low rider front rack and some panniers, maybe a Yak trailer, and do some touring with it.It’s very comfortable, handles beautifully and is quite quick to boot!