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Old 07-21-16, 09:44 PM   #1
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Second bike build in the books!

I finely finished my second bike build today. My first was a hard tail mountain bike, and now my gravel/ adventure/ whatever bike is complete. I'll have to say that I'm finding that building a bike is a lot of fun, so much so that would be hard pressed to buy a complete bike again. This build was a Niner RLT Steel frame, with full Shimano Ultegra drive train, with hydro disc brakes. Also, I used a Wolf Tooth Roadlink which let me go with an old guy, hill climbing friendly 11-36 cassette matched to my 50/34 compact crank. The first shakedown ride included a nice short steep climb which made me glad to have bigger gears out back.

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In the cold winter months of snow and ice, I ride an old mountain bike to stay in shape but especially enjoy shopping for a nice C&V frame to build on.
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Old 07-22-16, 07:51 AM   #3
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Very pretty and fun-looking.
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Old 07-22-16, 08:47 AM   #5
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Looks great!
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In the cold winter months of snow and ice, I ride an old mountain bike to stay in shape but especially enjoy shopping for a nice C&V frame to build on.
Building on a nice C&V frame is indeed rewarding.

Frameset: 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo, Vienna, Austria (capo.at), plain gauge Reynolds 531, sloping fork crown
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Old 07-22-16, 10:42 AM   #7
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Building on a nice C&V frame is indeed rewarding.

Frameset: 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo, Vienna, Austria (capo.at), plain gauge Reynolds 531, sloping fork crown
Saddle: 1973 Brooks Pro, since replaced with a 2016 maroon(!) Brooks Team Pro, which looks even sharper
Seatpost: 26.4mm Campag. microadjust
Brakes: original Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centerpulls
Shifters: original Campagnolo
Rear derailleur: 1980 Campag. 980
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Wheelset: 1981 Ofmega (pseudo-Campag.) low flange 36 hole hubs, Nisi rims, 13-23 Regina America 6-speed freewheel
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Nice job!
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Old 07-22-16, 12:46 PM   #8
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I'm Off to the LBS to take some apart, I Box and ship other tourist's bikes
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I finely finished my second bike build today. My first was a hard tail mountain bike, and now my gravel/ adventure/ whatever bike is complete. I'll have to say that I'm finding that building a bike is a lot of fun, so much so that would be hard pressed to buy a complete bike again. This build was a Niner RLT Steel frame, with full Shimano Ultegra drive train, with hydro disc brakes. Also, I used a Wolf Tooth Roadlink which let me go with an old guy, hill climbing friendly 11-36 cassette matched to my 50/34 compact crank. The first shakedown ride included a nice short steep climb which made me glad to have bigger gears out back.

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Nice build, Hill-Pumper! I know what you mean about the joys of doing a custom build up from a frame. I've been doing that on most of my bikes for a long time. Even when I buy a complete bike, I invariably make changes to get things just the way I want them. Sometimes the custom spec is for comfort, sometimes for gearing range, sometimes for make the bike suit a specific type of riding and sometimes just for the fun of trying something different.
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Old 07-24-16, 04:57 AM   #11
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Great bike! I hope you get a lot of fun miles on it.

I built my first bike last year, and will never buy anything but a frame again. Also, building wheels is the most meditative thing you can do. I loved the process.
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Old 07-24-16, 06:00 AM   #12
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That is a very nice looking bike.
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Old 07-24-16, 12:46 PM   #13
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So, if I've stripped my old Team Fuji down to it's bearings, does putting it all back together count as a bike build?

Congrats on the build, looks like fun.
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So, if I've stripped my old Team Fuji down to it's bearings, does putting it all back together count as a bike build?

Congrats on the build, looks like fun.
If you customize it by changing at least a few of the components to create a new and unique combination, then it would. In the early to mid 1970s many of us did custom bike builds to achieve that sweet spot of a European frame with a Japanese transmission. One could start with a lowly Peugeot UO-8 or equivalent, switch to aluminum rims and SunTour derailleurs, and end up with a surprisingly capable road bike.
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Such a beautiful bike that I had to quote the photo again. Great job!
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