Hi, my name's Jonah. I'm brand new to these forums as a member, but I've been coming here for information for quite a while. I got into long distance bicycling last summer when a friend and I did a ride from San Francisco to San Diego in ten days. It was perhaps the single most incredible, enlightening, empowering and awe inspiring experience I've ever been subject to. My whole life changed after that ride. Before then I wasn't particularly into bikes; I simply didn't know anything about them. I was an avid runner and hiker and into outdoor activities, but I just hadn't made the plunge into the realm of bicycling. Well, my coastal ride last summer, and the two month long period when I lived in San Diego, riding a road bike everywhere, finally got me into riding.
Now, the same friend and I are planning a trip in six weeks to ride from Tacoma, WA to Portland, OR and I'm without a bicycle. So, I went to a co-op downtown (chicago) and planned to buy this Dawes Galaxy I saw pictured on the co-op's site. Unfortunately it wasn't there. And then I saw it. I saw the Peugeot Iseran navy blue with retro white, yellow, orange and red striping frame and I dropped dead. It was beautiful. And so, on a whim, I started collecting parts from around the store in an effort to build a vintage racing bike from scratch....with ZERO knowledge on how to do so. I mean, ZERO. I know how to change out a tube and a tire, replace brake pads, remove the pedals, pump air into my tire aaand that's about it. So, basically after doing some research I discovered that I already wasted money on the wrong front and back derailleurs by buying a long cage mountain bike derailleur (sram x-4) and shimano altus c10. Realizing I am now far in over my head with less than six weeks left to learn how to build my own bike from the ground up that will be reliable on the road in the Cascade range with DIY style panniers full of extra weight, well, thus my new membership to this informative board that I am now in so desperate need of.
Though kind of an anxiety ridden circumstance, I'm actually really excited. Friends of mine have thought about building their own bikes, but just never take that plunge. Well, I took that plunge and I really can't sit on the project for a year. I have a 300 mile ride in about 40 days. I have to build a dependable bike, but I also want to build a beautiful bike that will last me a lifetime. I'm in love with the frame I have and I've taken a liking to the Peugeot bikes and their particular history dating back to the 18th century and their involvement in the early Tour de France. Actually, the bike I wanted to do the SF to SD ride with was a 60's Peugeot that my girlfriend's dad owns, but hasn't used in decades, but after thinking it over he decided he couldn't part with it. Maybe his attachment to it subconsciously reinforced my Peugeot romanticism.
Anyways, thanks for anyone who actually read all that. You're a really patient, nice, and empathetic person probably. I hope you guys will help me out, thanks!