|A bit of a refresh for my 1991 Diamond Back Master TG.|
When I got the Master TG, although initially flat, the tires and tubes held air well when pumped. In fact, they've held air very well for several months now, and have carried me on several shortish rides totaling perhaps 80 to 100 miles. However, I knew the tires were dry and brittle and could become problematic any time, so new tires were in order.
|The old Vittoria 22c clinchers crumbled when I removed them from the rims.|
|New Michelin 25c tire (left) versus old Vittoria 22c tire (right). Who knew an extra 3 mm of width would make the carcass look so fat?|
|There's not a lot of clearance between the new tire and the fork crown, 3 mm or so, but that's enough.|
I also decided to make some alterations to the cockpit, with a new bar and stem. I liked the original black anodized Tioga Prestige road stem, but I felt a bit stretched out along my torso when riding. This could be because I'm not recently accustomed to a traditional road bike riding posture, but I decided to install a somewhat shorter and taller stem. I swapped the original low rise 130 mm extension stem for a Nitto Technomic Deluxe 100 mm extension with a higher rise. I'm not sure that this stem will permanently stick on this bike, but I wanted to give it a try.
For the handlebar, I went with a Nitto Model 177, otherwise known as a "Noodle" bar, in 44 cm width. The original Centurion bar was 41 cm wide and felt a little narrow for me. I haven't owned a Noodle bar before, but based on the feedback of a lot of people who swear by this model, I'm now entering the test phase.
|I like the shape of the Nitto Model 177 (top) better than the original Centurion bar (bottom), at least in theory. Only putting on some miles will let me know for sure.|
If the good weather holds and I continue to regain my health, I'll put my refurbished road bike to the test sooner than later.