Thursday, October 14, 2010

At last, my preciousss

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.

With the ergonomics sorted, I installed a Greatest Hits selection  of 70s and 80s Suntour that I had been fettling while the frame was in transit.

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 bracketSugino Mighty
CranksetSuntour Superbe Cw-1000 175mm, TA 41 & SR Royal 53
PedalsSuntour Superbe Pro track PL-2000, with Christophe aluminium toeclips
BrakesSuntour Superbe CB-4000 standard reach
Brake leversSuntour Superbe CB-3200
ShiftleversSuntour Superbe Pro LD-3250 power ratchet
Front derailler             Suntour Cyclone FD-1300
Rear deraillerSuntour Cyclone RD-1700
Hubs Campagnolo Record, wide flange 36h
Front rimFiamme Ergal
Rear rimMavic Monthlery Legere
FreewheelSuntour Ultra 6, 14-24 or 14-26
SaddleIdeale 2002 Titanium
SeatpostSR Royal ESL 27.2mm
StemSalsa 15cm
Handlebars Nitto 185 44cm
Handlebar tape Fizik Microtex

1 comment:

Rob said...