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first bike build, saying hi!

Old 07-19-06, 03:18 PM
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first bike build, saying hi!

Hi all,

Just wanted to share a pic of my very first own build. As I am a clyde I went for sensible and sturdy as opposed to crazy light. the bike weighs 8,3 kg, and rides really well. Before this one I had a really light scandium frame coming in at 950 grams, but realy flexy under my 108 kg... I transferred all parts to this frame, that I got on Ebay for just 113 euro! It's about 600 grams heavier, but amazingly stiff and resilient.

here's a pic:

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Old 07-19-06, 07:02 PM
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That's a great looking bike! Is that a full d/a set up? What kind of saddle is that? Beautiful!
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quite sharp. extra nice.

many more pics please.
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Uga,

On this bike I installed Dura Ace parts where they provide a performance advantage, and used Ultegra parts where I could to be easy on the wallet. The parts breakdown is as follows:

Brifters: Dura Ace 7800
Crankset/BB: Dura Ace 7800
FD: Dura Ace 7800
RD: Dura Ace 7700 (got it for free!)
Chain: Ultegra 6610
Cassette: Ultegra 12-23 (major saving compared to DA)
Brake Calipers: Ultegra 6600 (weigh just 40 gr. more than DA)

Seat post, stem and handle bar are all PRO PLT, in Gunmetal color.
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR "Elements", the Earth version.
Wheels: Shimano WH560 prototypes, got them for free as well.

I use the bike to commute to work (23.5 km/15 miles one way) Also I plan to do the Ride for The Roses this year, which is a LiveStrong initiative in the fight against cancer. It's 100 km, and as I never have ridden that long a distance it will be quite an experience. Not to mention there will be about 10.000 people participating...

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grams? euros? speak American!!! Nice bike, though, really.
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Old 07-20-06, 03:45 AM
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Sorry dude, I'm from The Netherlands and proud of it!
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Congrats on a really nice build. It is obvious that you put a lot of thought into the bike. Good Luck on the Livestrong ride. You can do it!
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Ok, I'm not a complete a$$, so here's a site to help you out: www.onlineconversion.com
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108 kgs on that saddle? tjonge jonge. doet pijn, oor?
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Originally Posted by botto
108 kgs on that saddle? tjonge jonge. doet pijn, oor?
Nou dat valt reuze mee, zo'n SLR pas mijn zitbotjes perfect

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Originally Posted by Ostuni
quite sharp. extra nice.

many more pics please.
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I like it.
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Originally Posted by swifty
Sorry dude, I'm from The Netherlands and proud of it!
Sorry about the World Cup. Great looking bike.
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wow...nice
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Thanks for the compliments. I really like the way the gunmetal stem/seatpost combine with the brushed aluminum. I am going to replace the handlebar tape with Cinelli Cork in natural color, to match the saddle. Did a lousy tape job anyway, and the front brake cable is a bit too short, so this tape needs to come off.
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Hi wht help did u hav in building ur sweet bike, lik a website or something. Cus i was thinking of doin a similar project.
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Originally Posted by kingarmstrong
Hi wht help did u hav in building ur sweet bike, lik a website or something. Cus i was thinking of doin a similar project.
Well, I did not have any help with this build, did it all by myself. In case you are looking for more info on the parts I used, PRO has a website: www.pro-bikegear.nl. The rest I used are Shimano parts, so nothing exotic really.

Or do you mean websites with tips on bike building? try parktool's website.
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