So after deciding early this year that I wanted to build my own SSCX bike, spending months collecting parts, and dealing with my terrible fear of not getting something right the first time, I have finally started my first ever bike build.
My goals are:
Learn more about how bikes work
Put together something decent on a budget by keeping an eye on deals and being selective on where to spend more
Have a useful commuter bike for the flattish run to work, following the southern part of the Capital City Trail
Meet people and talk crap.
So here goes… I’ll post something for each chunk of the build.
Day 1: Saturday August 22.
I bought a slightly second hand On-One Pompino v4 from Angry in February or so, already fitted with an On-One Smoothie headset.
AL9000 kindly gave me a used BB (FSA Ultimax Cr-Mo 68 x 103) to get me going, which I fitted at my friend’s place and torqued up appropriately.
Question: How do you torque up a left hand thread to spec? Are there special kinds of torque wrenches for this?
Brake Levers: Tektro RL340 (new), specifically chosen to match the mini-v brakes I bought
Handlebars: Scott Road Pilot (used)
Stem: Deda Zero 2 Stem Black 80mm (used)
Spacers: Ebay China crabon (is that what you call it around these parts?)
I am a little concerned that the stem will be too short, but will see once I have fitted it all up. Sorry for the crap photo quality!
My OCD side wanted me to get the label about half way between where it says HALO and AERORAGE on the wheel, but after the agony I encountered fitting the bloody thing it can stay right where it is for now.
I assume your reasons for this are either aesthetics, or for puncture-hunting. Correct?
Noted. Will save the change for when I’m feeling masochistic, and will also ensure I do it on the front wheel the first time around. For now I am currently content staring at the thing lovingly in its current shapely state, before I head to the pub via some kind of functional Melbourne PT…