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Old 02-03-2010, 12:57 AM
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I'm going to be in Phoenix for 3 weeks starting at the end of the month.......

I'm almost tempted to phone them ( like I need another bike ....... ).....
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:41 PM
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It was a good day at the mailbox...




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Old 02-06-2010, 04:22 PM
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Paint looks like regular glossy black indoors or in cloudy outdoor light, but the pearl tinted clear should look something special in bright sunlight. Can’t wait for a sunny day…

Enjoy the pics!

Nice touch—small decal right under the down tube at the head tube junction, can’t see it unless you look carefully:



From the rear:



I like my welds plump:







Red, white & blue decal contrast looks great against the black frame:



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Non-drive side:



Front view:



Rear H20 bottle boss will be where the fender mounts:


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Old 02-06-2010, 07:15 PM
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Now for some shiny bits: Velo-Orange Grand Cru long reach brakes (allows for fender clearance). These brakes are really something else in terms of looks. Machined aluminum, no clear or anodized coating. That means a lifetime of Simichrome, elbow grease (or Dremel assistance!), and mirror-like shine. Hope they perform as good as they look.





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Old 02-07-2010, 02:15 PM
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Here’s my $0.02 for the day: support your local framebuilder, and support your local family-owned hardware store! Because the location of the rear fender mount (the seat tube H20 boss), it creates a noticeable gap between fender edge and tire. I’ve been trying to think of something handy (and decent looking) that would “push” the fender closer to the tire and close the gap, basically a thick (1/4” or so) pliable washer of sorts.

After scouring the local hardware store (a family-owned biz, chock full of randomness), I came upon a 5/8” (diameter) gripping leg tip for furniture that would work to fill the gap, and a plumbing item called a “high hat” rubber washer. The latter is a thick & pliable (but not too squishy) rubber washer with a conical end. Think of the way the tip of a trumpet looks, and that’s the idea. I trimmed the conical end off of a few of them in order to have thick but smooth-edged rubber washers for various uses with the fender mounting (such as on the outer edge).

The leg gripper (which would be used, for example, to stick on the end of the legs of wooden bar stool) was just the right softness and firmness. I cut it to fit the width needed (about 1/2”), and used a rasp to shave a bevel in the middle in order to “wrap” around the seat tube and get a good seal. Then I drilled out a hole so the 5mm screw (that goes into the H20 bottle boss) will go in easy, got a 3/16 washer that by dumb luck fit exactly inside a raised ridge on the end of the gripper, and presto! Done.

After that was done, I got to attaching the brackets (Park Tool cable cutter snips ‘em nice & clean, by the way), and fiddling with trimming and adjusting until it was spot on. It took some time, but I’m happy with the result. Next stop will be the front fender…

Pictures will do the rest of the talkin’.







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Old 02-07-2010, 03:05 PM
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Voila! All fenders mounted. Front one took a little finessing with some creative use of rubber & metal washers, but it came out nice & aligned.







Well that’s enough for the day…it’s time for beer!
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Old 02-07-2010, 05:13 PM
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What ? No mudflap with a big ole reflector at the top? Come on --- a bike with fenders has have the mudflap and reflector.

Very nice work --- can't wait to see the completed photos. Lp
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:26 PM
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Those fenders look *really* nice. Great job on the alignment and spacing, can't wait to see the final build.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:15 AM
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it always makes me sad when people sell tsunamis... it's custom made for ONE person
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:26 PM
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I believe this one was made custom for this poster, brand new bike.
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:26 PM
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yep, it's a new one for me. hopefully will finish the build next weekend or so.

got some goodies arriving in the mail this week that'll make things look & work better, particularly for the fenders. this is 1st time i've ever done this (fender mounts). now i know some of the tricks as well as pitfalls.

one of the "duh" moments i experienced after taking it all in is that yes, everything's set up nice & perfect in terms of alignment & so forth. however, that's for the way the wheels are set up now. guess what tires are on there? 23's. woops...forgot about that minor detail....

i will need some more clearance for the 25's. not much, but a little. the woops factor is i trimmed & aligned everything to fit just at the margin for the 23's, no room for expansion.

the paint in the sunlight looks absolutely killer, by the way. impossible to see in pics, but in reality:
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Old 02-11-2010, 03:51 PM
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swank barrel adjusters courtesy of kirk frameworks.

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Old 02-18-2010, 09:00 AM
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parts arrived!

the machining on new 7800 cranks is always a pleasure to look at.



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Old 02-18-2010, 11:14 AM
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Yer killin' me! Finish the dang thing already!

It's coming together beautifully. You've selected some killer parts for the build. I too love the 7800 cranks... which is funny, since I hated them 7-ish years ago when they debuted. Maybe the arrival of those 7900 monstrosities changed my mind
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:21 AM
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updated build pics!

i swapped out the previously "homemade" rubber washers used on the front & rear fender mounts for some swank velo orange leather washers. classy touch, eh?

changed both fender brackets to fatter (5mm hollow vs. 4mm solid), but lighter alu. ones, courtesy of velo orange. hey, weight savings!

also changed out the front fender bracket (at the sheldon brake nut) to a much nicer & cleaner setup vs. prior (new bracket also from velo orange). there's a trimmed slab of cork ribbon underneath as a washer/cushion.

by the way, yes that's a zip tie on the front brake which compresses the calipers, so they don't crush the fender prior to installing cables & adjusting, etc.

almost there...






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