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Old 10-13-2016, 10:46 AM
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Waterford ST-14 rain bike

New Bike Day for me this week! Took delivery of this lovely Waterford road bike. Heres the quick build from the day it arrived. it was so well packed, and very nearly ready to rock. tuneup was quick. i set the seat to 747mm and it felt great right off!
[IMG]new waterford by Matt.zilliox, on Flickr[/IMG]

There were a few reasons i was keen to try this bike.
First, i wanted to try the famed Waterford sculpted tubing.
Second, the seat tube is 56cm, the top tube an ETT of 54.9. im coming from a Serotta thats 54cm square. This bike just fits me better in every way!
And that color scheme, the moss green just speaks to me.

So now I'm trying to get it dialed in and fit to me. From how it arrived, i decided to lower and lengthen the stem which required changing bars.
Also, most of my bikes have a classic look, silvery bits, etc etc. and i like that, but i want to build something in black. This bike almost looks washed out in silver IMO so... i have some black parts around and I'm gonna give it a shot. Rock lobsters, and Speedvagens that are green get the blackout treatment, why not this bike?
As some had speculated on the FS thread, the Chainstays are longer than the geo chart that was provided. they are approx 425mm and the overall wheelbase right around 101cm. It looks like 32s will fit sans fenders, maybe even 35s?
heres where i am so far:
[IMG]rain bike by Matt.zilliox, on Flickr[/IMG]

After the first ride i wanted to take the fender off. it was making too much noise and i wanted to experience the bike with that noise free sensation we all love. But thats not fair, this is a rain bike, it needs to run fenders, so we needed a noise fix. enter old bar tape:
[IMG]fender fix by Matt.zilliox, on Flickr[/IMG]

this fender attachment is real cool and easy, but man its noisy as the fender rattles in that clip. one piece of old bar tape slipped between the 2 and the ride is dead silent. wouldn't know the fenders were on!

So next up is pulling that crank in favor of a black one, and maybe just maybe switching from silver to black brakes. if that doesn't look right, ill go back to silver, otherwise these silver bits will upgrade my wife's 9 speed Mercian.

what else am i missing other than the front fender?

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Old 10-13-2016, 10:52 AM
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Gorgeous bike. I think it will look slick with the black crank/brakes.

Will have to try that bar tape trick on my PDW fenders.
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:07 AM
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Matt -- Beautiful frame! I kinda like it with the chrome. But I'm sure it will rock in black.
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Old 10-13-2016, 12:22 PM
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Really nice looking frame. I think it'll look pretty boss with black components all over.
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Old 10-13-2016, 01:15 PM
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Nice bike!

Just a quick note on the chainstays: we've found here with the longer front derailer arms from DA and Campy that we needed to lengthen the chainstays by 5mm or so, otherwise the fenders will interfere with the front shifting. There were some soiled shorts here the first time that happened...
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Old 10-13-2016, 01:20 PM
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Nice bike!

Just a quick note on the chainstays: we've found here with the longer front derailer arms from DA and Campy that we needed to lengthen the chainstays by 5mm or so, otherwise the fenders will interfere with the front shifting. There were some soiled shorts here the first time that happened...
thanks guys! frame design is so interesting. How is it the front mech is influenced by the chainstay length and fenders? I'm interested in knowing a bit more... Is it a physical touching of the fender to the mech thats the problem? or a chain line issue?
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I hope my next frame is one of yours! always looking.

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Old 10-13-2016, 02:15 PM
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Great color
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Old 10-13-2016, 03:17 PM
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That's a great bike. Cool that you picked this one up.
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Old 10-13-2016, 03:21 PM
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what a beauty,
richtheroadie will be wanting this one
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Old 10-13-2016, 04:35 PM
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What a beaut. Love the color. Enjoy.
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Old 10-13-2016, 04:37 PM
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thats a very nice rain bike
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Old 10-13-2016, 05:38 PM
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This is a great lookin bike!

Glad you found something that works for you. I'm actually going to be bidding on a Waterford S&S bike on ebay in the next few days to replace the Riv, which is amazing but like I told you a bit too small for me. Would love to hear your feedback on that tubing

Cheers

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Old 10-13-2016, 07:38 PM
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great bike!

a pacnw staple is a rain bike i suppose!

do you choose any specific hubs for heavy duty rain riding? i always feel that when i ride in drenching rain that my hubs are going to eat the bearings. that hasnt actually happened, but i'm curious if you northwesterners have a preference for better sealed hubs?

i also suppose the most vulnerable bearing set on the bike is at the bottom bracket, curious on your thoughts about that too.

love the bike.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:13 PM
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Looks fantastic Matt! Ride the heck out of it.

Don't forget, the cables and housing are brand spankin' new, so you shouldn't need to replace them for a while!
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:20 PM
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Looks fantastic Matt! Ride the heck out of it.

Don't forget, the cables and housing are brand spankin' new, so you shouldn't need to replace them for a while!
thanks again, everything was in great shape, no need to replace a thing other than preference.
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