|Sorry for crowding your bed, Martin. It was the only spot with anything resembling decent light.|
|This is Tom at the shop we used to work at.|
-No weirdo proprietary chainring funny business. Ideally 110BCD.
-Not a space crank.
-Must be available from a distributor the shop deals with because cranksets are expensive.
My problem is that the Alpinas are out of stock, or else I'd have probably ordered them a month ago. I should just get the Apex cranks: I like the way they look, they fit all of my criteria, and they have that nifty speed hole through the BB spindle for extra fastness. The one thing holding me back is that somehow I have this weird feeling that people will throw rocks at me for installing a modern GXP crankset on a classically-styled bike. Is this weird? Why would it even matter? This isn't a discussion-piece wall ornament, but rather a functional bike. It is a tool first and foremost, and while tools can be aesthetically pleasing, that should not be the sole consideration in their design.
So I will put these cranks, speed holes and all, on my bike - not in spite of the fear of upsetting its aesthetic consistency, but rather in an intentional effort to do so. Please don't throw rocks at me.