Been a while since I revisited my build thread - I'm afraid I don't have the patience to turn out something as slick as Marks...
As I also have a habit of having more than one project on the go at the same time I tend to flit between them as first one then another takes priority in my imagination!
My 853 Explosif has stalled because first; I couldn't make up my mind which fork to put on it; then a bargain Mavic wheelset came up on here I just had to have; THEN I bought some Z1 Bams because the frame has an add-on rear disk mount; NOW I've bought a stonking Grimeca disk kit - to go on the Z1's - depending which bike I fit them to?
After that my e-stay project developed a life of its own and DID
just need cabling, until I came by a mint Logic crankset that I want to strip the black ano off the big ring before fitting but haven't got round to yet;
Then my Kili project got off the ground because the decals are the same('ish) as my e-stay and I wanted to see what they looked like in place, then I wanted to see what the tyres would look like, then the seatpost arrived so I tried the Flite for good measure...
...and as that's the bike that's hogging the workstand at the mo it'll probably be finished next!
But I digress!
After collecting a few bits'n'bobs for HC's ex cro-mega...
It now looked less like this...
(Resto '91 cro-mega spec.)
...and more like this...
(150mm Zoom stem; LX chain/crankset; FliteMax seat on silver cro-mega post - and V's!)
...before morphing into THIS...
(160mm stem; stainless chainset/LX cranks; Zoom seatpost and canti's - and not forgetting the neon mudguards of course!)
...which I can confidently say is THE
definitive final build
En route to a suitably rural
...where I took this...
...plus the obligatory close-up shot
BITD I had a pearl-white Falcon with neon-green cable outers and neon-pink mudguards so when the identical mudguards in neon-green came up on eBay I couldn't resist the temptation!
They may not be to many
peoples' taste but they are a very
period correct accessory and I like 'em (...as in "I liked them BITD so why shouldn't I now?")
and it makes my cro-mega more 'individual.'
The biggest expense after the initial purchase of the bike from HC has been the chainrings; they are all stainless steel - the mid and outer are current items from Surly and the granny is a NOS Onza Buzzsaw; a tad self-indulgent (and not a little expensive!)
but they are VERY
I was a bit stuck for a front canti-hanger (they all
tend to flex too much for my liking) after dumping the V's until I remembered that one of the manufacturers BITD fitted a bellcrank-style booster for their canti's (can't remember which though?) - I'd seen a NOS set on eBay some time ago but luckily SJS stock the modern Tektro equivalent...
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tektro-tektr ... prod14032/
...so a couple were duly purchased. It makes for a very neat set-up and the canti's performance is phenomenol
compared to the usual hanger and straddle cable.
All in all I'm pretty happy with the way this bike has turned out; I'll most likely change the tyres for something slightly less rad than the Panaracers it's wearing at the moment, but other than that it's just about finished.
I say 'just about...'
because I've just
remembered I have an LX front mech. to replace the Exage 500LX that's currently doing the job...
...and there was I thinking this was finally