Readers’ Rides: Sam’s 1990s Novara Corsa Road Rambler


Readers’ Rides: Sam’s 1990s Novara Corsa Road Rambler

Sam sent in his 1990s Novara Corsa road bike for this week’s Readers’ Rides, built with a 1×8 drivetrain and plenty of beausage. Let’s check it out below!

Thanks so much for giving us readers a chance to share our rides. My photography skills don’t match my love for this bike but I figured I’d send it in anyway.

The Corsa started life as a frame that my dad found for me at the Boise Bicycle Project. Throughout college it evolved through many forms, spending most of its time as a rack-n’-pannier touring bike that I used for island-hopping in the San Juans. In recent years it’s settled into (I think) its final form as a country road rambler/lite gravel/coffee ride bike.

I’ve never been able to find much info on the frame, but it’s lugged Tange construction with white paint that I can never keep clean and graphics that remind me of a pizza box.

The drivetrain is a 1×8 setup- the cranks are old 105 that came off of a bike that was ditched in our college garage, spinning on a Phil Wood bottom bracket that came on a Craigslist frame. A Shimano bar-end friction shifts a Claris derailleur, with a Wolf Tooth Roadlink letting it clear the Sunrace 11-40 8 speed cassette. The Problem Solvers chain guide was a recent addition after a particularly bad dropped chain and crash.

The cockpit (minus the Soma bars) was scrounged from dad’s parts bin. I especially dig the fluted seatpost. The wheels are my buddy’s old trainer wheels. Cheap Tektro cantis work great year after year. It’s a bit of a hodgepodge but it fits like a glove.

Hope you like it!

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