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Windsor Clockwork

After my Schwinn Passage developed a crack through the fork and other numerous issues on top of that, it was time for retirement, since repairing would cost more than purchasing a new foul-weather beater. I made some immediate changes once I received this bike, including swapping the mudguards from the Passage. I think it turned out rather classy. Perhaps a bit too much for a beater.

Frame:
Windsor Clockwork / 61cm

Fork/Headset:
Stock / Stock

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
IRD Defiant / IRD QB-55

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Dicta 18t / 49t Origin 8 Classic / KMC Z510HX

Handlebars/Stem:
Stock / Stock

Saddle/Seatpost:
Nashbar Vintage / Kalloy

Brakes:
Tektro 510A Calipers

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Alex R500 / Formula / Vittoria Zaffiro Pro SE

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Alex R500 / Formula / Vittoria Zaffiro Pro SE

Accessories:
SKS P45 Fenders

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Parts Swap
  3. Better Commuting
  4. Passed along.

Current Stage Info:

Having improved my commute with a Cross Check, this no longer had purpose in my stable, so I gave it to my nephew who really wanted a road bike for around the city.

Added by m_sobie. Last updated over 3 years ago.

As of over 3 years ago, m_sobie has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

14 Comments

scruffyandroid

scruffyandroid says:

Beautiful, classy bike. I actually was gonna copy you but I couldn't find this type of clockwork anywhere near me or online. Ended up doing something similar with a newer Windsor the hour in yellow. Thank you so much for the inspiration

Posted about 2 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Thanks man. Enjoy the ride!

Posted about 2 years ago

Najib_Rahim

Najib_Rahim says:

Hey man, sweet ride you have there. Love it!
Just wondering what is your height?

Posted about 3 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Thanks! I'm 6 ft 3 in.

Posted about 3 years ago

pedalpete

pedalpete says:

Sobie - I have the same bike and want to install fenders. Did you have any issues with getting the SKS 45's to fit correctly or have to make any manual adjustments? Thanks.

Posted over 4 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Hi there. The eyelets on this bike sold me, thinking I'd be able to throw on some fenders fairly easily. I was wrong and had to make several modifications in order to fit them.

For the rear, everything was fairly easy with the exception of the mount between the chainstays. Since there was no bridge to attach the fender to, I re-purposed an old rear blinky light mount, drilled a hole through it, and mounted it right above the bottom bracket (as you can see it one of the pictures). Remember to leave extra clearance at the far back so you can remove the rear wheel from the horizontal dropouts.

As for the front, this required a bit more work. Since the fork crown was much narrower than the fender, I had to cut out slots on each side in order to mount the fender flush to the crown. I carefully measured where I needed to trim and sliced out notches with a saw. Since this weakens the fender (I had broken one after one year's use because of this), I used the remaining length of the stays I had trimmed off the rear fender and glued them right above the cutouts to reinforce it (I'm really not sure how much this actually helps, but I'm hoping it prolongs the life of the fender this time around).

Hope this helps!

Posted over 4 years ago

pedalpete

pedalpete says:

gracious

Posted over 4 years ago

mktng

mktng says:

wow this is super nice!
classy build.
look into the TRP RRL SR brake levers. Cherry on top of this wonderful build

Posted over 6 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Thanks!
those levers would look right at home on this bike, however, the cost is about 1/3 of what I paid for the complete bike. It may be a bit overkill, haha!

Posted over 6 years ago

mktng

mktng says:

haha i just checked it . bikes direct. 270$ and some change for this bike. what a fking deal and a half. yea levers are 100$ hahah. :P

Posted over 6 years ago

thisisbenji

thisisbenji says:

I really like these bikes. Solid, cheap, and fun.

Posted almost 7 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Still waiting to ride other than the basement. The packed snow and ice were finally starting to melt off the roads today, but as I look out my window it's beginning to snow all over again..

Posted almost 7 years ago

thisisbenji

thisisbenji says:

I'm actually jealous. We haven't got any snow yet this year (Central Illinois), I'm bummed.

Posted almost 7 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining either. I just got some studded tires for my MTB the other week and it's made commuting such a blast during these snowfalls.

Posted almost 7 years ago