Sunday, 13 February 2011

Bike is 99% there

Here is the first look at the final bike now named Edna in honour of my wife's nan. The first ride ended in mild disaster as the chain seperated (hey we were working on this at 12 last night :) so it'll be off the road again until tomorrow.

I'll take so more pictures when it's all operational but here she is.

Dead excited.

Typical that the rain kicked off just as I wanted to go for a ride.

Here with the bastard to fit Surly Nice Front rack.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Everso Slightly Camp

The bike is well and truly on the way now with just the last one or two things to be fitted. We're now on the nitty gritty like cache batteries like Biologic Reecharge or E-Werk.

Which means we're onto lightweight tents, mats, sleeping bags and panniers. I'm not a great camper. I'm 6'2 and overweight. This doesn't make a great campee. I also have mild claustrophobia, but I think that's in confined spaces with other people. Tubes. 2 man tents etc.

Why the fuck do you want to camp then? I hear you ask. Well, I do love it. In fact, I love it so much I started looking at tents the minute I bought the LHT frame. I like all the gear. I love being outdoors. I love being that close to the stars. So I'm going to get into this big time.

So, I have some contenders for tents: Vango Helium Superlite 100  MSR Hubba and Hilleberg Akto.

All of them seem ludicrously expensive so far, so I'm looking for light and cheap alternatives. The quest continues.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Wheely Good

Here's my wheels being built by Ciaran. It was a fun evening of screwing spokes in, truing stands, pizza and Grolsch. Massive thanks to him for showing me the dark arts. Its hardly dark but it certainly is laborious and tedious.

I wouldn't have the patience myself.

First wheel has all the spokes in but its all slack and needs loads of tension. The dynamo hub looks awesome against the Mavic Rim.

I had a cat for company whilst most of the tensioning was done.
Last few spokes adjusted and we're and riding home at 12.30 pm. Cold.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Christmas Bounty

This crazy picture has my bike in there somewhere with some new notable additions. Regular subscribers to this blog (2 of you) will note new brakes, bottles and cages, plus front and rear derailleurs. All lovingly supplied by my wife and mums (in-law and the one who's put up with me since birth) for Christmas. It may have been a cop-out asking for these things for Christmas, but it sure has helped me out. A (nearly) complete drivetrain.

I also got some Dura-Ace bar end shifters from the wife but they're staying in the box until I do the final build.
Shimano XT Rear Shadow medium cage. I'm hoping I don't need the long cage because I couldn't find any evidence to suggest I'd need one on a tourer. It looks pretty sweet.

Awful picture of the XT front, but there it is.

Avid Single Digits. I went against the Shorty's in the end due to reviews of them not being as powerful as V-Brakes. I like my face. And teeth. Stopping when I want to is proven to help them stay nice.
So there you have it. The bottles are Camelbak so thanks Mrs Proud for spending the extra lolly on getting some lush bottles. And managed to squeeze the brake levers in on a sale before the VAT hike here in the UK. I'll get these tomorrow.

Wheels to follow this week I hope.

Nearly at the rideable stage folks. It's looking gorgeous.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Crash Course in Building Wheels

Managed to finally get my rims and hubs now. So next week I'll be learning how to build wheels. This I'm assured is relatively simple and how a low probability for me to fuck up.

Watch this space mind. I could probably break anything.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

MI5 without Bodie and Doyle

After much deliberation (and most of this was cost) I've decided the rear hub will be a MI5 by White Industries. It is the most complimentary to the SON hub in terms of looks and has nothing short of messiah-like praise wherever I've looked.

And so it should have.

It's ludicrously expensive.

However, this is a bike for life and for the most part I'd to have parts that I can point at and say I bought that in 2010 whilst pointing at it with a stick in later life.

It leaves the dilemma of which rims to get for them both. They're both 36h and that has cut the amount of rims I can choose from. I'm hoping for either DT Swiss TK's or Mavic Open Pros, but its proving a bit of a ball ache so far.

In other news...

I've already gone against the Avid Shorty's and gone all V Brake. Despite not quite looking the part, I'd quite like to stop.

Will tell you more about the rims when I make a decision.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

On the way

It's been a little while since new parts have been added to the bike. My other stupidly expensive hobby of playing the bass guitar has sapped money out of me. I make this out to be a chore but actually i'm getting brand new guitar which is very exciting (even if it is already a month late, but this isn't the blog in which to whine about this stuff.)

Anyroad, here's some pictures of where I'm at so far. Not much further, but I'm not scrimping on gear so it's a 'build slow, build strong' mentality. Enjoy.

Here's some jolly headset caps for a nice guy called Fast Freddy located here

Nitto Noodles at 48cm. Probably the last pair on the planet :D

VO Saddle with silver springs. Bad luck Brooks. Also, I've experimented with different types of 'silver' on the headset spacers to make it look a little different. So far I'm pleased with the results.

Already seen these, but thought I'd show them again.

Surly Decals. None in the UK so these came all the way from Niagara Falls. Weirdly, no white LHT decals so the Long Haul Trucker decals has been omitted from the build. Not that fussed really.

SON delux 36h hubs. We'll see if this was worth the investment later.