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My brand new ride!

Old 02-07-09, 06:18 PM
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My brand new ride!



Just back from its first 10 miles.

I've been piecing this together for awhile, just riding my old Schwinn fixie and a Giant MTB, so its very nice having a decent road bike again. The whole build was on a shoestring, mostly Forte and Ebay stuff. The frame is a Scattante XLR, which was their bright red until I decided that wasn't going to work: I steel-wooled the gloss down and sprayed it Hunter Green, in satin.

Scattante Frame, Vuelte XRP wheels w/Forte GT2 tires, Forte seat, seatpost, and bar, Campagnola Centaur brakes w/Cane Creek levers, Specialized Stem, Tiagra front derailleur and hollowtech compact crankset, Ultrega 9 speed rear cassette and derailleur, SRAM 950 chain. At the moment old MTB pedals, and genuine Huffy Roadmaster bar-top shifters.

An odd mix, but I've been broke and it does all function together well (though the shifters will be changed out before spring), and weighs out just under 20 lbs. The total bill was $658.

The first 10 miles were very nice. The frame is comfortable and responsive, a pretty easy fit and I think the bike will work well for fast long-distance rides, which is what I wanted. I still have to decide whether to go with brifters or time-trial add-ons with bar end shifters. The only part of the fit I don't like is the brake levers - I want them down so I can reach them from the drops, but I need them up to ride on the hoods. Perhaps the bar isn't the bend I need...
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Old 02-07-09, 06:21 PM
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no offense, but i think spending 650 in one pop wouldve gotten you something nicer from say, bikesdirect. but if you didnt have it all at once, i understand.
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Old 02-07-09, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by fatallightning
no offense, but i think spending 650 in one pop wouldve gotten you something nicer from say, bikesdirect. but if you didnt have it all at once, i understand.
Probably right...and its true I never did have the money all at once. It will probably still be a couple of months before I figure out something for the shifters. But I have also bought a bunch of bikes over the years and always wanted to build one from scratch. If I just bought a bike, I know a week later I'd be thinking of swapping out some part or other, or upgrading something. Here at least I either got exactly the parts I wanted, or got what was cheap enough that changing it out later is no big deal (the Forte stuff mostly).
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I really hope you're not riding that thing as it's setup. The saddle-bar drop is horrendous, and please fix your bars.
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Old 02-07-09, 06:55 PM
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Sure it was a fun project. Have fun with your new ride and ride it the way you want it to be. After all it is your bike.
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Old 02-07-09, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by kergin
I really hope you're not riding that thing as it's setup. The saddle-bar drop is horrendous, and please fix your bars.

What the heck? Guy builds a bike and is having fun with it....... sounds good enough to me. How do you know the drop is wrong for him?
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Old 02-07-09, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by kyakdiver
What the heck? Guy builds a bike and is having fun with it....... sounds good enough to me. How do you know the drop is wrong for him?
I was wondering that too
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What kind of wussyass drop is that?
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I love the lines....have fun with it!!!!!
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Originally Posted by kergin
I really hope you're not riding that thing as it's setup. The saddle-bar drop is horrendous, and please fix your bars.
...atypical physiology. The saddle height is just right - a little knee-bend left at the downstroke and no wobble in the heels method. I'm 6'3" with long legs, a relatively short torso, and long arms. A bigger frame would set the bar out too far, so I use a 60cm and a 9cm stem, which comes out about right. The bar height feels right. I can relax on the flats, and either rest or hammer in the drops. The hoods feel too far out though, and I think I will rotate the bars and reposition the brakes.

I also noticed the Cane Creek levers have two positions - so I moved one of them to the short reach spot.
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Ok-you made me go measure it.

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What kind of wussyass drop is that?
Now you made me go and measure it: The drop isn't as bad as it looks in the picture - it measures out at 12cm. I also measured my reach: pit-to-tip is 82cm.

I don't think a 12 cm drop is unusual, given a long arm reach. My general rule is the arms should be bent and the back relaxed, though I also use my back a lot on hills and hammering. I've put 3000 miles on another bike set up about the same way, and, being 44 years old, I'd be feeling some pain if it wasn't right for me.
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Is it even possible to ride on those hoods? Eyesore.


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Just don't ride in the hoods you might knock your teeth out.
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Okay, I'm not trying to insult your intelligence, only my own. For years I have set up my bikes' handlebars and brake levers similar to yours because I wanted to be able to reach the brake levers from the drops. I had the tops of the bars angling down, and the levers mounted low. It made it easy to reach the levers from the drops, but it put the bars at a funny angle, and made riding on the hoods virtually impossible. Well, I've recently learned that there is an adjustment screw on my levers so that I can set the reach tighter to the bars. Shazzam! Who'd-a thunk?

So now I'm going to have to try setting things up more "normally", with the tops of the bars level and the hoods an extension of them, so there's a nice level "platform", ending with the hoods, on which to rest my hands. I'll need to take off the bar tape, maybe change the gel pads I put on, and re-tape, so I haven't gotten around to it yet.

I've learned almost everything I know about working on bikes myself. It's amazing how many gaps in my knowledge there still are after all these years. I'll just keep muddling along, trying to learn.
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bhikkhu You did Good, had fun.
Rides Great.
Looks Cool.
Enjoy your project.
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Originally Posted by bhikkhu
I also noticed the Cane Creek levers have two positions - so I moved one of them to the short reach spot.
That button to change "the reach" is not actually a reach adjuster. Its a brake release for campy brakes. Notice how the campy brakes dont have the release lever on them. You are supposed to use the levers in the "short reach" position.
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Well done Bhikkhu You and I pretty much did the same thing re sub-20 lb Ebay self-build with mixed name parts for under $800. Because of budget constraints, I went that way so I could have a bike I knew I'd be happy riding while getting in shape, plus paying down debt in preparation for an even better bike purchase. Because the plan worked out so well, (4K+ road miles and 200K+ feet of climbing later) instead of the moderate upgrade as initially planned, I may go further with a $3K+ purchase. 08 DA, but still...
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Many pics of compact sloping geometry road bikes look like the drop saddle to bars is more extreme than when actually measured. Mine looks like it has a several inch drop but they're actually level.
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Like it.
If I were you I'd just save up $100 or so and get a cheap deal on a used set of STI levers, but that's me.
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