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Old 11-06-04, 07:22 PM   #1
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A harmonic convergence of new, used, and spare parts. It consists of a Soma Groove frameset (Reynolds 631 steel), XT/LX components, and Sun rims. It's the first bike I've ever built, and I am very pleased. It fits and rides like a dream. I finished it earlier this week and have ridden it every day since. It was conceived as a general use/city bike so I decided put only a single chainring up front and see how it worked for me. So far, so good. The great thing is, it would be easy for me to convert to a mountain bike or even a touring bike. I have the triple chainrings, front derailleur, and rear rack, and the frame has rack eyelets. Anyway, just thought I'd share my new pride and joy.


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Old 11-06-04, 07:50 PM   #2
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that things sweet. what size is your front ring on there?
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Old 11-06-04, 07:57 PM   #3
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Thanks. It's a 36T single speed ring (no ramps) plus a Spot chainguard. I used these to keep the chain from falling off since there is no front derailleur to keep it in place. It seems to be working.
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Looks like a real hill climber with those combos. Nice.

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Nice work! I can't wait to build up my own bike from scratch someday.
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Old 11-06-04, 10:17 PM   #6
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I like it! That bike looks wonderfull, especially for a first attempt. Most first bike builds come out looking kind of cobbled together. Yours looks very refined and professional. Congradulations.
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Congrats! I, myself, am probably more into the mechanics than riding. Glad to see your completed project.
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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy the ride.

I can see a lot of my urban friends loving that ride. Of course, I would too if I didn't have to deal with hills...
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very nice! Like the look, nice and simple, none of this suspension BS
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Very nice! A great first effort. One wonders what you'll do for a follow up. To steal from an old ad - betcha can't build just one!
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Wow, thanks everybody for the compliments.

I must admit though, I had the shop face the bottom bracket shell and headtube, and also install the headset races, but I did the rest myself. I did hit a couple rough spots along the way, but managed to get through it.

55/Rad, yes it is a good hill climber, and I have some doozies where I live. In fact, the steepest one of all is my driveway! Always a challenge at the end of a ride.

Raiyn, I haven't even thought about a follow-up yet, but now that you mention it...
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Wow, thanks everybody for the compliments.

I must admit though, I had the shop face the bottom bracket shell and headtube, and also install the headset races, but I did the rest myself. I did hit a couple rough spots along the way, but managed to get through it.

55/Rad, yes it is a good hill climber, and I have some doozies where I live. In fact, the steepest one of all is my driveway! Always a challenge at the end of a ride.

Raiyn, I haven't even thought about a follow-up yet, but now that you mention it...
I wouldn't expect a first timer to have facing tools or a headset press.
I await your next work
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