Sunday, January 8, 2012

Weekly featured part

I'm going to try (read: let's see how long I can keep this going) to have a cool or unusual part or bike featured every week.

This weeks feature is an American Breezer stem.  This part was somewhat of a surprise find on a 88/89 Klein Pinnacle I recently acquired.  The stem is probably in better shape and worth more than the entire bike it came on.

This is a very nice example of an early all Aluminum, American made stem.  The welds are thick and crude and I'm sure it would have looked as much out of place on fillet brazed steel frame as it did on the smoothly welded Klein frame.  Either way it's a very nice piece of work and just needs a little bit of refinishing to make it like new.

Fortunately I will soon have a parts tumbler and will be able to restore the stem to it's original luster.

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