I must be running out of changes to make to my bicycles. I got pretty excited this week about the success of a truly tiny project.
Some time ago, I bought stainless steel frame pumps from Sunlite. The pumps very nicely approximate the original pumps that came on Raleigh Superbes and Sports and make a handsome addition to other bikes as well. Besides, with these in place, I don't have to stuff a pump into a saddle bag or try to remember which bike has the pump mounted on it before I set off to the office.
For the Raleigh's, attaching the pump is too simple. There are brazed-on pump pegs on the down tubes and that's that. For the Schwinns and the 10-speeds, however, there are no pegs. The pumps come with black plastic straps that have a peg fitting, and these do the job pretty well. They are not, however, terribly pretty.
So, I picked up a pair of cast-off clamp-style pegs from Mike at Vintage Bicycle Supply. In a moment of inspiration, I painted them metallic gold first. This took them from dingy steel to sparkly gold, which matches the details of the Corsaro perfectly. It also made the tiny "made in France" engraving vivid and readable.
Don't try to read it here... my photography will give you a migraine. But it's there and it's clear and it's cool.
Like I said, sometimes it's the small things that provide a bit of excitement in a quiet week.