Its bike build time. Probably the best thing about owning a bike store for me is building my bikes. The ones Im going to ride. Don’t get me wrong, getting a super fancy expensive bike in a box is great too, but nothing touches the custom build and I have a great time doing it.
I get to pick everything. Right down to the spoke nipples. First, I sit down and do what I call mapping the bike. Every part I need I write down and how many. Including hubs and all wheel parts, driveline and cockpit. Every part.
This list gets changed a lot. Some parts are not in stock and that’s frustrating. But as the project is ongoing I start ordering the parts I need one by one. I’ll need to use maybe four distributors to get all the stuff just the way I want it. Shipping costs are high but I don’t care. Sometimes I’ll spend 9 dollars to ship a 5 dollar part. It’s just part of the game. I need, they have.
Here’s part number one. This crank is on the stock Farley 9.8 and it’s really the top of the food chain for cranks so I’ll get another. However, I added the red chainring to match the Farley. It seems like a little change right now but you add up 10 little changes and you end up with a pretty cool, one of a kind bike.
I have two and a half weeks to get this bike up and running as I have sold the bike Im riding today. Tick tock. Clock is running.
Tonite is the Tuesday nite ride and its going to be a doozy. Near zero temps. Single digits on a sunny day is easy. But at nite its not. I’ll show up but it might be a shorter ride.
And should be a small group. As I get older this stuff is harder to do but still doing it keep me young. If that’s possible.