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Old 12-22-01, 05:14 PM   #1
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Got my bike put together!!

All except the chain right now! Going to head down to my LBS to put on the campy chain. Prelimary results so far I love it!!!!! I pedal but it does not go anywhere yet though.. It is so much lighter then my old bike, I had to check the weight on a scale (okie is bathroom scale but measurse up to .5 pounds).. came out to 17 pounds. I'm just so excited had to tell everyone!!!
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Congrats, Kev. Ride it in joy!
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Way to go! Is this the first one you have put together?

BTW, that no chain thing really lets you work on a really high-rpm cadence.
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Old 12-22-01, 08:18 PM   #4
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Congrats!

Post a pic if possible.

P.S. Campy chains weigh 20 pounds.
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yeah this is the first one I have ever put together, all I have to do now is adjust the rear de-railer and I will be ready to go. I definately need to redo the handlebars, I was sort of hurrying to make sure I would make it to LBS in time. I took a quick spin it is great! Was alot of fun to put together was not near as much work as I thought it would be. Made a couple stupid mistakes, put the crank arms on the wrong side the first time.. (never should have worked on the bike upside down). Thank god I bought a crankpuller already. I will try to get pic's my brother is getting a digital camera for christmas. The most time consuming part was the ErgoBrian and Levers, just because so many wires. It is so amazing a bike I built I can turn the pedals and the rear wheels turn.. it is truly a amazing thing
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Here you go a pic! A really bad pic, used my web cam..got part of my head and hand in it.. but gives you a idea. Did a short ride this morning need to fine tune the rear de-railer any advice, seems like I can't quite get it perfect yet..
Oh yeah ignore the messy living room in the pic.
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Way to go Kev! Pretty cool. Did you figure (and will you post) what it finally cost you?

There are many sites - try this one for a start: https://www.ussbike.com/ultimate/rml.asp?

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Final cost.. ugh.. it's a scary thought.. spread the cost out a bit.. I bought the fork stem and handlebar together.. which ran if I remember correctly around $400.. the wheels where $460.. the the campy parts.. all record except made mistake ordering BB which I accidently ordered a chorus one.. but figured it would cost to much to ship back to ireland to exchange it, and the frame was $399. Originaly I was going to try to keep the cost down, but then figured might as well do it right the first time.
Full breakdown is all Campy record except bottom bracket.. ErgoBrian 10 computer, Mavic Krysium SSC Wheels, Continental Gatorskin tires, Easton EC-90 handlebar EC-90 Fork (red carbon handlebar just looked kewl, and was one of the few carbon handlebars), EM-90 Stem magnesium.
I mail ordered most parts, from companies ranging from florida to Ireland..
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Nice one Greg!

17 lbs sounds great! Nice bike! Isn't it satisfying to built a bike, especially one with top quality components?!

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Here you go a pic! need to fine tune the rear de-railer any advice, seems like I can't quite get it perfect yet..
Oh yeah ignore the messy living room in the pic.

You have two little adjustment screws on the derailler. One adjusts the distance the chain will travel over the top of the biggest gear (proper adjustment here will keep the chain out of your spokes). The other adjuster screw keeps the chain from coming off on the bottom. Shift so the chain is on the smallest gear. Shift so the chain is also on the the big ring up front. Now adjust the specific adjuster screw so the smallest gear is centered with the derrailler rollers. Shift it a couple of times to make sure the chain doesn't come off. Do the same for the upper adjustment, making sure the chain doesn't come off and into the spokes (upper adjustment should be accomplished while the chain is in the small ring).

Now shift the chain to the next to the last (next to the smallest gear) gear in the back. Leave the chain on the small ring up front. Then adjust the barrel nut until the derailleur wants to shift up to the next gear. Back it off (as you pedal) until the shifting noise goes away.

Shift it up and down in both big and small rings to make sure it all works well. Then try it outside with some normal riding pressure on it.

All this should get you into the ballpark.

This usually works well with Shimano, not sure if it will work with Campy.
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Gus has the right algorithm: set up the two limit screws on the derailleur, then adjust the cable housing length to make the indexing line up properly. (We friction-shifting retrogrouches don't need that second step.)

Enjoy the new bike! My wife still has the Peugeot I built from the frame up in 1973. I like being able to select the components and to make sure everything is prepared, lubed, and assembled properly.
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Try Simple Green to get that red fuzzy stuff off the front wheel.
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Kev -

Looking more closely at the (beautiful) bike, is that a Team Lotto replica frame?

And, it is a tad difficult to see, but is that the "S"-word I see on the seat stay?

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Yeah it is a team lotto GT ar 1.0 frame. Words on teh seat post are Easton SHimano and DT SWISS. Seat itself is a Trico Split rail whatever. I just realized the coloration is a bit off on parts of the picture.. hehee like my hair is actualy blondish brown.. looks red there hehehehehehehe
Merry Christmas!
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