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Old 04-08-18, 07:57 AM
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Finished Steel Build

I got this Waterford frame used a few months ago and have finally finished the build. I had it on the trainer for a few days to get the fit dialed in and got it out on the road last Thursday before snow hit here again.
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Old 04-08-18, 08:25 AM
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Nice. I ride a steel Guru and like it a lot. Your bike has a nice clean look to it. Congrats.
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Looks very nice. Good job.

Just wondering about those cable stops for the shift cables...right at the top of the down tube and head tube. Is that where they were, or did you put them there?

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Old 04-08-18, 11:23 AM
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Very nice.
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
Looks very nice. Good job.

Just wondering about those cable stops for the shift cables...right at the top of the down tube and head tube. Is that where they were, or did you put them there?

Dan
There are brase-ons at that location

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Old 04-08-18, 05:43 PM
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A proper steel bike build. Well done.
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Old 04-10-18, 05:57 AM
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Very nicely thought out build, welcome to the steel club

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Old 04-10-18, 06:45 AM
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Very nice. That new Ultegra group looks pretty wild.
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Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
I got this Waterford frame used a few months ago and have finally finished the build. I had it on the trainer for a few days to get the fit dialed in and got it out on the road last Thursday before snow hit here again.
You should put up some pics of that bike from different angles, it is a stunner.
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Very nicely thought out build, welcome to the steel club

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Thanks, I've been a member of the steel club for over 40 years, I got my first multi-speed bike in "71" and a Raleigh Pro in "73".
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You should put up some pics of that bike from different angles, it is a stunner.
Thanks, I thought is turned out pretty good too. I took it out on a couple rides and it feels real smooth and that goes for the new Ultegra too.
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Thanks, I've been a member of the steel club for over 40 years, I got my first multi-speed bike in "71" and a Raleigh Pro in "73".
Then we began our real cycling journey at the same time, my first "10-speed" as they were called then, came in June 1971. It was a very good year, as old blue eyes frequently crooned.....

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I started a couple years later with a Panasonic DX2000....standard crank w/23 climbing cog. Over weight and out of shape...couldn't understand why I couldn't go up a hill.
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Thanks for posting -- looks great, and I bet you'll love the ride when you finish dialing it in.
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Beautiful !!! Love the full-size frame pump.
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and just my size!
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Beautiful !!! Love the full-size frame pump.
That's the only kind of pump I use, as well. (Same brand and model, apparently -- Zefal XP-X.)
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I got this Waterford frame used a few months ago and have finally finished the build. I had it on the trainer for a few days to get the fit dialed in and got it out on the road last Thursday before snow hit here again.

Beautiful job!

It looks like you replaced most of the components including the wheels. May I ask how much this update cost?

I ask this because I recently did something similar and will admit to having spent more than $900 on all of the pieces and parts. The wheels were almost half of that total even though I built them myself.

Enjoy you new bike and RIDE ON!
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i purchased the frame and it came with a older Campy record headset and Thomsen Seatpost. I got a Ultegra 8000 groupset for under $700. The wheels are one of the strange parts. I had gotten a set of Shimano XT disc hubs last year and Velocity Fusion rims with a braking surface and built some wheels for my touring bike or future touring bike, so I decided to use these wheels on this bike, but the rear wheel OLD is 135mm and the frame is 130mm. I purchased an Ultegra 6800 rear hub and relaced the Fusion rim to that hub. The hubs aren't matched and the front wheel can but used a bike with rim or disc brakes. The XT hubs cost $35 and I think the rims were pretty cheap or I wouldn't have gotten them (I am frugal and willing to wait for a good price for parts). Pedals were about $25 for VP pedals. Handlebars were $9, and the saddle is a Brooks C-17 AWS. Guestimating, I think the wheels cost about $200-250. I normally just get low cost wheels that roll well, I weigh over 200 lbs so the weight doesn't matter too much. I like nice bike on a budget, so I think that this fit well.

I have found that pre-built wheels can be cheaper than me building them. For my Bianchi build I got a set of Campy Khamsin's for under $200. If i built wheels for that bike myself, I would have spent about $500. Those campy wheels have been holding up fine but since I have quite a few road bikes they may only have about 7000 miles on them, hardly a testament to durability.

The fun part is making all the selections and assembling the bike. Then the real fun begins with putting miles on it.

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Cyclist2000 - I think you're on to something by building a wheel using a disc brake rotor and a rim brake hub. By doing so the wheel can be used on either a rim or disc brake bike. I wish I had done that! Maybe next time...

On my project I wanted 650b wheels so I could fit bigger tires on a vintage frame. The rims, tape, spokes, nipples, and hubs totaled around $375 - and I spent about $200 on the truing stand, dish gauge, and spoke tension meter.

You are correct about 700mm wheels - plenty of deals out there for new and used pre-built wheels.

Have fun putting on the miles.
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.....ignore previous - my typing is faster than my thinking.... I meant to say:
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Cyclist2000 - I think you're on to something by building a wheel using a disc brake HUB and a rim brake RIM. By doing so the wheel can be used on either a rim or disc brake bike. I wish I had done that! Maybe next time...

On my project I wanted 650b wheels so I could fit bigger tires on a vintage frame. The rims, tape, spokes, nipples, and hubs totaled around $375 - and I spent about $200 on the truing stand, dish gauge, and spoke tension meter.

You are correct about 700mm wheels - plenty of deals out there for new and used pre-built wheels.

Have fun putting on the miles.
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