I thought I'd share some photos of a different kind of bike build I finally finished. I acquired an older Bridgestone 500 a while back. The bike was mostly stock, and was in very good shape. The size fits me pretty well actually, but the narrow, deep, terrible old road bars had to go. The bike's tires we also in need of replacement. Other than that, it's in great shape. The components hardly show any signs of wear, and the paint is quite good.
This bike is meant to be a town bomber. The super swept Bontrager bars put me in a really comfy cruiser position. I love this aesthetic and riding position for cruising around town on hot summer nights. Really good looking Bridgestone brakes allow easy clearance for the big 35c Bontrager slicks. I love these tires, it's a pity they aren't made anymore. They make a 32c tire that's pretty close though. Nice tires for about $20.
The Shimano 600 cranks are some of the most aesthetically pleasing, commonly available cranks I've seen. I just love the lines. There's some rub marks on these, but they are in great shape really. The bike has a full Shimano 600 drivetrain. I swapped the original chain to a modern HG-40, which makes shifting much smoother.
With the aggressive stance, this bike just looks fast. The bars sweep back enough to keep the seating position comfortable, and it handles very well. I can't wait for hot humid nights, good friends, and the dark roads around Northfield. Soon enough.