Rich Aitch wrote:
Sort of finished now, it's "Good enough", the rest can be done later. I've had a quick shake down ride on it and the bodged front cable routing works way better than I thought it would, although the Shimano UN54 BB, STX cranks and Record OR shifter don't seem to be a good combination for getting onto the big ring. Mr Lee's telephone advice and Antfox's posting helped me sort out the wierd cable routing for the rear shifter, which goes through a brake boss.
First impressions are that it feels like a smaller bike than it looks but with nice road manners. The 3D fork offset can't be changed without buggering up the brake position and I can't work out how you change the angle on the flip-flop stem but I'm not sure I'd need to as the position feels fine like this. Looking forward to riding it this weekend.
this is the lad you you bought the frame from. I am cleaning up my "wrenching dungeon" or "mancave" these days. I am confident that I will find what you are looking for, a front derailleur cable routing and potentially a matching GT front cable hanger. If not in my boxes then at a local bikeshop that sold GT for a long time. But be assured that the cable routing with a piece of outer housing does work well.
And get rid of that STX crankset, the rings are a royal pain in the ...... , I used them on two bikes for my boys but not for long. When it comes to bad shifting STX sets the landmark. A good old DX gruppo would be most suitable for the frame.
edit: Changing the stems angle. Well, it is called flip-flop. The mechanism for securing the stem to the steerer exists twice, one on each and of that tube.
Step 1: remove stem
Step 2: loosen the central screw a bit more
Step 3: use a hammer mildly (!) to drive out the top cone and you will have a tube with two sliding elements that secure everything and of course the "kind of ahead stem" part. Flip the stem and love the pain while riding.
Hope that explains it, cannot provide pictures as you have the last flip-flop stem that I owned.
By the way: How was your ride yesterday?
Final remark: The frame was not used as singlespeed bike, I was glad when I had my first bike with a gears after the inevitable childrens' bikes. No desire to get back to these dark times. I had an 8-speed Alfine gearhub in that frame.