Building a better Strida
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: toronto, canada
Bikes: bianchi brava 1988. fuji track 2007, 2006 Bianchi Pista, 1987 Miele and a strida knock off
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mkeller, that thing is sweet!! thats exactly what I was going after - a clean road frame, with fenders a nice leather saddle and a tallish stem to bring the bars up.
I envy your gearing and even more so the trailer!!
A HUGE thank-you for everyone that gave me a few pointers here and there regarding the gearing/chainrings what was posted on tires, moustache bars (not too much on this one), velo-orange fenders, fenders in general and the over-load of info on brooks-saddles and most importantly the well-deserved posts regarding cycling-luggage and those wanting to help me obtain a handlebar bag from Acorn Bags!!
I can honestly say of all the bikes I built up, I learned the MOST from building this one.
It also made it the most rewarding!!
Makes me wonder if I would ever be satisfied with a store-bought or even boutique bought cycle.
Tips I learned:
1. the only handlebar bag that works with moustache bars is the Acorn handlebar bag
2. Brooks Champion Flyers should be punched and stitched at the skirts - they spread like mustard..
3. Using a cork to space the rear fender on the downtube side is a must if you want that tight fenderline, and a winebottle cork works best!
4. 6sp 105 is awesome stuff, from the brake and shift levers - I had some other shimano units but replacing them with 105 reminded me of how good 105 really used to be!! Aero brake levers work great even in the moustache configuration!!
5. 28c tires are great under-inflated to grab the loose stuff
6. great rides CAN be had on gravel paths and hard-pack!!!!
I was so close to taking up the suggestions of going towards a triple but didn't want to incur the cost of a long-cage rd and heavy crankset+rings.. It was hard to ditch a low-mileage and 100% working 6sp 105 drivetrain. I picked up a 34t chainring ($18 shipped, probikekit.com) for my 110bcd crank, then moved the 42t to the outside and voila - working perfectly under load!! i'll see if I ever need the 52t, but with my tiny rear cluster, i don't think i'll be looking at it...
I've been working out the niggles with the bike for things neglected, but recently put on 50kms between 2 days of constant pedalling and out went my bottom bracket and next-day, my pedals started going loose.
Pulled the old cup/cone bb and the drive-side bearing retainer was totally mashed, the cup was a touch loose and the otherside was ok - didn't matter, replaced with a budget UN-26.
The pedals were the Wellgo track units and I decided to take them apart, and low and behold, loose-ball!! yah!!, so i cleaned/regreased and adjusted both sides and im back in business!!