I'm going to use this thread as an update on the progress of my Fuji Monterey. Over the last several months I've been slowly acquiring materials for the bike and finally I'm in the process of building it. I could have started earlier on a few items, but some things were waiting on other things, now the dominos are falling into place and anticipation is in the air.
First, the Fuji as it was this last Sunday:
Next the array of collected parts:
It feels like a community effort when you stop to consider where things came from:
Handlebars - XR2
Brake Calipers and Levers - Bianchi Girl
Down tube Shifters - Khatfull
Rim Strips - 3speed (BOC Pass Around Game)
Cranks - My friend Scott
Alloy Rims - Donor Bike
Quill Pedals - Donor Bike
Shorter reach stem - Donor Bike
Fizik Saddle - local craigslist
Fizik Bar tape - Bikewagon on Ebay (really fast shipping)
Continental tires - LBS
Cheap cables - Wallyworld
So far I've got the stem cleaned up and the bars and aero levers test-mounted and the cockpit feels like a world of difference. I also mounted the Fizik saddle, but truth be told I think I like the Fuji saddle better.
Last night I cleaned up the new crank, but I'm having some reservations about using it. Essentially this bike will be my backup to my Nishiki except when I ride with the club. The Saris bones rack I have on my beetle tends to bang up the bikes in transport, so I'll probably keep using this for club rides until I build up the Special Road racer. Back to the cranks, the thrifty part of me is rebelling because the cranks on the bike are perfectly fine and serviceable, the bike is low-end, there's little reason other than vanity to change them out, so should I?
There's a long way to go. I'll post update photos as it progresses.