Tuesday, April 22, 2008


I got a lot of work done on the cross/commuter bike last night. I'm pirating parts for it from the Pinarello, and Im in a quandry in that since its a commuter bike, i dont want to use stuff thats too nice, (theft, crashing, inclement weather) but at the same time, I want stuff thats going to work, and work well.

So I have a Chorus Rear Derailleur (cheap on ebay), Centaur front, Centaur Shifters, FSA crank, (I'll change that out for an aluminum compact most likely, since the front derailleur I got supports CT and Centaur/Veloce CT cranks are dirt cheap). I have cane creek canti's, and a nice cheap but well made Bontrager cross fork. With those items in place, I can finally take her for a spin. I'm dying to know how she rides, and Im dying to have a bike to commute on that Im not worried about every hole and rut on the road with. Commuting on a $3500 bicycle is an exercise in stress every ride. I'll have maybe 500.00 in the Jake when all is said and done.

Once I'm happy with the way she works, and my component selection, I'm going to take her back apart and have the frame powdercoated flat black. Then I plan to have a few pinstripes worked over the top tube, and down tube, (think classic hot rod) in orange and blue. Should make for a pretty cool bicycle.

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