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Old 04-06-2017, 11:40 AM
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Carl Strong Ti: And so it begins...

Here's the start of my new bike.

I've been looking at build photos of other bikes for a while and they've never seemed terribly exciting, so I hope I don't bore you with mine. This one fills me with anticipation!

Astute viewers will notice the lack of a head tube. It's coming, I promise!
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:38 PM
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Who is building your new bike?
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:50 PM
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Obvious question. I was sort of teasing.

Carl Strong is building it.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:26 AM
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Welding is done

Carl tells me the welding is finished and it's off to Loretta for media blasting. Build Log photos here: http://www.strongframes.com/build-lo...ke/2017/04/21/

I'm just giving you a link because there are several photos and I don't want to disturb those who aren't really interested in looking at ANOTHER frame welding sequence.

Color me excited!
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:30 PM
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:00 PM
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Excellent--you must be ready to get riding!

You may share this later, but in terms of context to go with the pics, what kind of ride are you looking for from the frame?

Love the building shots, especially the welding. I'm at the end of a great TIG welding course, which means I can do some of the basics. Which really means I'm in awe of what these builders can do.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:45 PM
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Ah, excellent question. I raced a Cannondale SR600 back in college and just got back into riding last year when I rode in Bike MS: Colorado. I had forgotten how much being on a bike brings me joy. (Almost as much as skiing!) I love the long rides we can have here in Colorado, both with climbing and riding up and down the front range, but I know I don't want to do them much longer on my cavity-jarring aluminum frame.

So I asked Carl for a bike that would descend confidently, be comfortable for long rides (Ultimate goal is to ride the Death Ride in southwest Colorado) and have room for wider tires - without discs (self-proclaimed retro-grouch here!) - so that my road surface didn't have to always be paved. I won't ever race. The Hampsten Strada Bianca would be a good choice for me, too.

I also knew I didn't want carbon and I wanted this to be a forever bike that could be put away wet, thus the choice of Ti over steel.

At the time I didn't understand the attraction of lugged frames, so TIG Ti was the obvious choice. Now, after looking at the work that Darrell McCulloch and Dave Kirk do, I'm questioning my choice! But I'm sure Ti is the right choice for this one, and if I ever scrape together the funds for another, well, THEN I'll have some real choosing to do!

Numbers for contact points: 802 mm BB-saddle, 70 mm saddle nose to BB, 64 mm saddle-to-bar drop, and 583 mm saddle nose to bar reach.
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:51 PM
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Well it sounds like you've got a great frame together for the riding you want to do. I would think Ti is the way to go, let alone from Strong. I hear you on the other possibilities though. Enjoy building it up!

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Old 04-22-2017, 07:34 AM
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Numbers for contact points: -saddle, 70 mm saddle nose to BB,
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Ti is great, enjoy.

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Old 04-22-2017, 10:48 AM
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Old 04-22-2017, 08:12 PM
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Nice

Can't wait to see it completed. What finish? Paint or bare Ti? Think you made an excellent choice going with Ti, and Strong of course!
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Old 04-22-2017, 09:12 PM
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I REALLY wanted to do a nice paint job, but painting Ti is more expensive than my budget would allow. So it will be media blasted. I waffled back and forth on etched graphics versus straight decals and ended up with decals. We'll see how it looks...
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