Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Valley of Hearts Delight, CA
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Torrot: I spent, I assembled, I now ride
So here he is. "Totoro", my first build/first fixie and an absolute dream for me. Apart from some alignment issues and some chatter when I backpressure, the project came together nicely and only took 4 1/2 months to make it happen
Torrot frame as seen in previous posts. Gipiemme Special Pista hubs laced to Velocity Razor rims running Vredestein Fortezza tires. Campy pista cranks(thx again Dollface) running 48x17. Campy pista french H/S & BB. Cinelli stem with Tsunami horns...and, yes, I know some won't approve of going brakeless, but I do have experience with brakeless things and hey, I live in suburbia. I'm also learning to respect the bike and I take it pretty slow mostly. Will probably have brakes at some point when I feel it is appropriate.
I love the buttery way bumps get translated, I almost try to go over rough stuff just to feel the bike soften the blows. The stem and/or fork needs to be changed. Probably the pedals also. Will probably drop the chainring to a 45 or 43 since even though I love the easy speed, it's probably a bit too high for me.
It's amazing how I am relearning how to ride. Where I automatically try and freewheel, brake, stop paying attention...It's all new and much more difficult than those new-fangled things. I'm liking the challenge but I couldn't say it is zen yet, just letting it all get into the muscle memory right now. A friend and I went on a wander out at Stanford last night. Took some stairs, hills, found a neat 3rd story "track" and a bit of grass riding. It's a perfect safe place for learning and playing on wheels.
Special thanks to Adker for the straight deal on the frame, and my LBS, Menlo Velo in Menlo Park for the wheelbuild and the local flavor.