Big components like cranks and derailleurs usually steal the show, but the performance and beauty of a bike depends also on many smaller components. At Compass Bicycles, we recently added three of them to our line.
Numerous customers asked whether they could buy the Grand Bois handlebar plugs separately. We now stock them. They are machined from aluminum and are the final touch for a beautifully wrapped handlebar. The expander tightens with a 3 mm Allen key, so they will not fall out.
For those who prefer simple wine corks for their light weight and natural look, we offer the option of buying Grand Bois leather handlebar tape without handlebar plugs.
We also have some bad news: the maker of the leather tape no longer can supply the one-piece tape without seams. It seems that getting blemish-free strips of leather that are long enough is difficult. Our current stock still is made in one piece, but once that is sold, there won’t be any more until a new supplier’s tape has been tested and approved.
Kool-Stop has been making brake pads to the old Mafac design for a few years now. They are a perfect upgrade for any bike equipped with Mafac brakes. We stock them in the salmon-colored Matthauser compound, which offers by far the best braking performance of any brake pad, both in wet and in dry conditions.
They are available in 4-dot length for standard Mafac pad holders (bottom), and in the longer 5-dot version for the “Tandem” brakes (top).
Grand Bois now offers their hammered fenders for 700C bikes. Made by Honjo, the Grand Bois fenders use a hammered pattern that is even nicer than Honjo’s regular hammered fenders. Grand Bois had special tooling made for the hammered pattern – in fact, they had to go through three sets of tooling until it was “just right.” It’s a minor detail, but the difference is obvious every time you look at your bike.
Hammered fenders not only look lovely, but small dents and scratches are all but invisible. These fenders are 45 mm wide, and perfect for 30 – 35 mm-wide 700C tires.
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