Last fall, I found a Kuwahara Pulsar at a second-hand shop in Butler, Indiana. For $20, I figured if nothing else, I could get some use out of the components, and it would be worth at least that amount.
After I did minimal work to get the bike working again, I found that the bike pulled severely to the left when I rode it. I straightened the fork in my own crude way, but it seems to ride straight, even without hands. These are the old levers from my Trek. I bought some new red cable housing from Velo Orange.
If you try to straighten your own fork with the above method, be sure to align the dropouts so they are parallel and aligned with one-another.
By the way, I had a 20 year-old roll of cotton tape in my tool box. I forgot it takes two rolls to do 1 handlebar. The handlebars above remind me of the Star Trek episode with Frank Gorshin as the half-black, half-white man who can't get along with another guy who is half-white and half-black (on opposing sides). But, I digress.
The bike is now a sweet ride.
The frame is huge, and I have the seat up a little too high. I do have to be careful when I stop as the top tube is dangerously close to making me a candidate for the Vienna Boys Choir. I read somewhere that a good randonneuring frame is larger than what you might buy in your local bike shop. But as big as the bike is, it seems to fit me really well in the riding position.
Also, note the kickstand. I'm going to leave it one the bike. It's nice to be able to stop somewhere and park the bike without finding something to lean it on.
The fork has two sets of eyelets - one set for a front rack, and the other set for fender stays.
The rear dropouts have the same. How can I not put fenders on this bike?
The Sugino double that came with the bike cleaned up very nicely. It looks good on this old bike. Someday I'll get polished aluminum rims for some bling. For the meantime, I'm sharing the wheel set from my Trek so I can just get out and ride it.
Another lovely sunset.