Money. And envy. This combination is fitting, since it isn't exactly cheap making the 1984 Del Rey so droolworthy.
One item received today:
A green Brooks saddle. I haven't bought a new Brooks in factory trim in a while, Brooks has definitely gone uptown with the packaging and accessories:
They included an adjustment wrench, hopefully, this collects dust.
The newsletter was many pages long and actually interesting, not just marketing fluff.
Care and feeding instructions for new baby. And a rain cover, although it doesn't fit as nicely as the one I purchased from wallbike many years ago.
Ok, enough preliminaries, on to the the money shots. I went to fit it up, and the seatpost, whose flutes I so lovingly painted, didn't fit - the rail mounts were far too wide on it. Rats, but I wasn't taking no for an answer, so I scrounged up a seatpost with which I could mount the seat in order to take some pics for color testing. The camera doesn't lie (click on pics for larger view).
Works for me. But I want my flutes, so off to ebay, I guess. From these pics, it does make me think that perhaps gold flutes may work, if combined with black cable housing.
Some dreams just die hard....