Sunday, October 25, 2009

And so it begins...

Last week I wanted to include a post just to stay in the habit; the only pic I would have posted--the only one to really document what was done (nothing but "parts are in")--is this one.

This week, I got to the shop late and I was wondering if there would be any time to add anything to the frame or not. The headset is now ordered but still not in, so I even debated putting anything on yet or not. Ed, though, said "why not?" so I went forward.
From this point I got all CT geeky and took pictures all the way through.

I like cassettes...there is something intriguing to me about this naked transmission of gears. The old and new photo shows the 8 spd 11-23 that WAS on the wheel next to the 10 spd 11-25 that is now on the wheel.

How about the 10-speed spred out? The change of colors indicates the change of material: titanium. Lots of holes and grouped as 3, 2, and 5 singles. The Dura Ace lock ring is the cherry on top!

And then the corncob went is a little fatter than the old one, but oh, the places we'll go.

From there I continued with the drivetrain. To the non-cyclist, the rear derailleur would seem a mystery. To me it looks like the alien-to-be curled up in its pod awating Sigourney Weaver's laser blaster to shoot it to hell. Nonetheless, it is an intricate piece of machinery with coils and pulleys that manages the micro-shifting of any bike. With this whole group the coolness comes in its two-toned quality of slate gray and polish!

Here's the last photo of a naked frame.

Even on the bike, the derailleur still looks fetal...coiled and waiting to spread out and churn away.

A lot of newer crank shafts at going to a hollow unit. So I may have mistakenly referred to this as the bottom bracket (which, technically, it is) these are actually the two sides' cups that hold the crankset. The sealed bearings are in the fat ends of this unit.

Shimano is a smart company that with their highest-end stuff, they are still going to put a labels on these parts to indicate which wat to tighten--I appreciated that. I don't know how many times I've tried to discern the direction of the threads to confirm the credo of tighten to the rear with BBs.

The crowning jewel of any drivetrain is the crankset; it is the biggest part of the drivetrain, and the higher you go, the prettier it gets. On my Gunnar, the carbon Chorus crankset is the prettiest part of it. Dura Ace isn't carbon, in fact, it looks bulky.

En contrare--the backside of the chainring arm is hollowed out! It is super light. It is standing up on its own since the hollow spindle is attached to the crankarm itself.

What's good for the front is good for the rear.

The front derailleur is such a simple piece that does so much. The main control of the macro-shifting mechanism has an elegance to it as it shifts from ring to ring.

The last thing that could be done--since there is no headset yet--was the rear brake.

The greatest challenge was to determine the appropriate shoulder bolt to use. From Kestrel and Shimano, I had two longer bolts; however, when I first put one in the frame, it didn't reach the brake bolt. So I found the longer shoulder bolt designated for the front, but with that was used, it bottomed out before it tightened.

So I went back to one of the other longer shoulder bolts and it worked just fine once I pushed it in all the way...duh.

Finally, the rear wheel with new cassette was put in. Before I hung it up for good, I had to weight it one more time. The frame weighs 3.4 lbs; at this ponit, with a lot of parts to go, it is right at 11 lbs.

Now the build is on hold for a couple of weeks.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Getting ready...

There are days to set aside on the calendar and today is one of those! Schnoctobeerfest! A one-day bike and beer fest with a group of the greatest guys ever. Plenty of photo ops out there.

Check out the pics when we get back and on the CiTyBiLLy Rides blogspot.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Not much new to report...

My Achilles' heels in the past with journals has been being disciplined enough to keep it going. With a blog, I feel the same pressure. So, though there isn't much to report, I must report to maintain the habit.

Went to the shop yesterday. All parts were ordered, but none in yet. Despite the fact that the special from Giant had expired on October 1, we still got the sale prices...including the killer discount on the crankset.

Ran inside on a treadmill today, and felt really good. I had intended to pyramid four miles at 6.5, 7, 7.5, and 7 mph; but felt good enough (and probably started too low) to go to 8 mph for the last mile. Finished the 4 miles in 33:20...not bad for not having run since the Omaha Marathon 10k.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Making the big step...

So I went into the shop yesterday...tired and wanting to get away. For the most part, I am anxious about making a handlebar decision that I want to get a headset and the fork in and some cranks on so we can figure out which length bars to get.

So all I went in to order was a headset.

Then Ed says, "Hey, Giant has components on sale." So we compared with the group price from the Quality catalog and Giant's pricing was huge savings...especially if they honor the crankset price, which may have very well been a mistake (but we hope they honor it). So save upwards of $400 on the cost price of most of the Dura Ace components.

All along I had decided to keep a spreadsheet of what I paid versus the cost price versus the retail price. Needless to say, I'm saving a lot of money. Sure, it helps having the bike shop connection, but it also helps having the knowledge to know what to look for if shopping on ebay.

So the basics are ordered, a few things to go yet, based on measurements and such.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Not much progress, but...

The only thing I did this weekend was put new rubber on the deep-v wheels--they're blue.

Been doing a lot of looking around ebay for a set of handlebars. Really looking hard at the Vision by FSA TT/Tri bars, but I am finding more and more info by just looking at the varieties out there. Still considering those bars, but THERE ARE DIFFERENT SIZES, and the Quality catalog isn't really clear on that. I have determined that I need the medium size which are 42 cm wide and about 36cm long.

Found a set for $130, but also found another set (from the same seller) for $160--the difference is the latter have lower side bars, so they would have a similar feel to drops...on the rare occasion one would be out that wide. Still deciding, but I think I'm safe with the 360mm length. I also feel that I have time with this particular seller on ebay...if it doesn't sell, should be back up for sale soon; they also had a lot of Campy stuff.

Next Saturday, not at the shop--wedding to go to. Need to get a lot done next Sunday.