Four years ago my bad-***** Schwinn Moab 1 MTB was stolen out of my garage while we were out of town. I felt so violated but took it as an omen that it was probably time to move over to the roadie world.
I scoured eBay for bikes, both complete and not, and bought my Interloc Impala (Reynolds 853) frame for $120. I had a great time buying parts, learning about bike building and have been rewarded over the past few years with a unique, reliable and not very flashy bike. Time to move to the next level.
I got the bug to upgrade about a month ago (happens every year in the spring) and knowing that I had most of a 10-speed Ultegra setup just sitting on the workbench, I started looking again for frames. Spotted a '07 TCR frame online and went to a local shop to try the geometry, just to make sure it would fit. It did and I loved the ride (and the lbs offered me a great deal on the complete bike) but I was committed to doing the build myself.
Then one day last week while cruising eBay, I came across this ParkPre frame. If you've been on eBay looking for frames you've probably seen a few come up lately. I still don't know the whole story but apparently ParkPre made some killer MTBs back in the 70's, took time off and are relaunching shortly with two road models and a TT model. In preparation, they've sponsored the "Successful Living" cycling team over the past few years. Here's an article with the owner. Their main site says "They'll be back soon" but if you hit this link you can view what they've got so far.
I ended up buying it for $386 plus shipping then spent most of the past weekend figuring out what else I needed to buy. This week it was like waiting for Christmas to arrive! But it did and now I have everything to build it up...as follows:
- Drive train - Ultegra 10-speed, standard double, 12-25 cassette
- Fork - Ritchey Pro Carbon
- Headset - Ritchey Pro Integrated
- Wheels - Ritchey Deep Section - Bought 3 years ago with my Interloc build but changed over to Open Pros.
- Bars - ITM Lite Luxe
- Stem - Forte 110mm
- Pedals - Shimano 540 SPD-SL
- Saddle - Fizik Aliante
- Seatpost - Thompson Elite
- Water bottle cages - Arundel
- Bartape - TBD...but I'm thinking Red to match the red in the lettering
- Computer - Bought a "second bike" mounting kit for the VDO that's on my Interloc
Just need to get to my LBS tomorrow for a bunch of parts (spacers, ferrules, cable guide bolt, etc.) and will hopefully have it built by the end of the weekend.
My one moment of panic was when, while looking over the frame, I saw a small jaggedy hole behind the BB when the chainstays meet the BB. And another one one the bottom! Then I figured out that's where the Front Derailleur cable routes. Duh!