Heron Owners Gallery - Todd Kuzma

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Well, I did the ultralight thing with a steel Heron Road frame, so I decided to build one up with mostly older components. The result is a bike that, so far, rides like a dream to me. Total weight is around 21.4 pounds (retro is not heavy!). Pictures to be up on the website soon. Here is a list of the components:

Challenge Paris-Roubaix Tubular Tires, New
Brooks Swift Saddle, New
Nitto B115 Bars, New
Nitto Pearl Stem, Used
MKS Nuevo Keirin Pedals, New
Campagnolo Record Alloy Toe Clips, NOS
Dimension Leather Toe Straps, New
Campagnolo NR Seatpost, Used
Gipiemme Sprint BB, NOS
Ambrosio Montreal Rims 36H, NOS
OMAS Hubs 36H, NOS
Campagnolo Chorus Headset, New
Campagnolo NR Brakes, Used
SunTour Superbe Brake Levers, NOS
Campagnolo NR Front Derailleur, Used
SunTour Superbe Pro Rear Derailleur, NOS
SRAM PC41 Chain, New
Sachs 7-speed Freewheel, Used
Campagnolo NR Crank, Used
profile Cork Tape, New
Campagnolo SR DT Shifters, NOS

Most of these older components have a sheen to them that modern components can't seem to match. It makes the whole package look great. BTW, the MKS Nuevo Keirin pedals are possibly the finest pedals I've seen anywhere, and they are still made and available in the US! They are a bit spendy at $125 retail but worth every penny.

I have to admit to stealing the color scheme from Ed Braley. The frame is Rockwell Red. The Swift saddle is honey. The Superbe levers are gum-hooded. The Profile tape is "natural" tan. I also filled in the lug and crown windows with a cream paint just to see how hard it was to do myself. It wasn't very difficult, but if I did it again, I'd use a finer brush.

Some folks asked me before for a review of the fat P-R tires. As some have reported, they did mount a little lumpy, but I think that if I spent more time fiddling with them, I could have gotten them smoother before the glue cured. I don't notice any lumps or bumps while riding. Even at 110 PSI, these tires are SMOOOOTH! I normally ride the slightly narrower Roll-y Pol-ys at around 90 PSI, and the P-Rs are much plusher. A VERY nice ride indeed!

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