Friday morning, a month and two days after I had paid for it, and seven years after I started looking for one, I collected the Ritchey frame from NZ Post at Mangere Airport.
It had apparently been there for two weeks, and might have lingered longer had I not availed myself of NZ Post's online Customer Enquiry Form.
Friday evening I set to work.
When building a new bike, I like to get my position sorted first, so I plugged in a dummy headset and fitted a seat and seatpost, and handlebar and stem.
The frame is a 62, 1cm larger than advertised, so with the seat at the correct height there is only a fistful of seatpost showing.
The 56.5cm toptube is extremely short for such a large frame so I didn't have to think twice about using a 15cm Salsa stem that was on standby for the tandem.
A set of 70s Cyclone deraillers came from CTB, the rest is Superbe ranging from 1978 to 83.
I had built a set of Araya 20A clincher rims onto Superbe RH-1000 small flange hubs, but the 122mm rear dropout spacing is narrower than I was expecting so my old faithful 36h tubular wheels were pressed into service.
With Clement Campionato del Mundo tubulars it is impossible to dislike a bike with these wheels.
Saturday morning, I wrapped the bars with white Fizik Microtex tape, soldered the cable ends and set out for a test ride.
Needless to say, it rained.
|Headset||Cane Creek 100 Classic|
|Bottom bracket||Sugino Mighty|
|Crankset||Suntour Superbe Cw-1000 175mm, TA 41 & SR Royal 53|
|Pedals||Suntour Superbe Pro track PL-2000, with Christophe aluminium toeclips|
|Brakes||Suntour Superbe CB-4000 standard reach|
|Brake levers||Suntour Superbe CB-3200|
|Shiftlevers||Suntour Superbe Pro LD-3250 power ratchet|
|Front derailler||Suntour Cyclone FD-1300|
|Rear derailler||Suntour Cyclone RD-1700|
|Hubs||Campagnolo Record, wide flange 36h|
|Front rim||Fiamme Ergal|
|Rear rim||Mavic Monthlery Legere|
|Freewheel||Suntour Ultra 6, 14-24 or 14-26|
|Saddle||Ideale 2002 Titanium|
|Seatpost||SR Royal ESL 27.2mm|
|Handlebars||Nitto 185 44cm|
|Handlebar tape||Fizik Microtex|