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    saturday 2-11

    Whew,  it's been a long strange build.

    With nothing in the queue but some serious tire kicking I've had time to get my new race bike just the way I wanted it.  I've plugged happily away at it. content not to rush or settle for less than 'just right'.

    There's a couple hours left to do on it which I plan to do this morning after cleaning the shop.

    One of those things is a hose guide near the front of the bike.  I think I should have moved the insertion point for the rear brake forward a bit but it's no a big deal and way too much work to re-do.  I'll solve the routing issue on a similar bike in the shed and add what I need.

    It should go to powder next week,  my guy is shooting me a test  to look at when I drop it off.  If that's a no go then it will just be white.

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    Reader Comments (4)

    Hey Jake, nice looking bike as always. Curious about why you run that extra arc in your front triangle? From a non frame builders perspective, it seems like extra weight. I am sure I am missing something. I thought it was to give you some flex in the rear, but I don't think that is it. Help me understand!

    Hope you are well!

    J

    February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Standish

    Yo Jeff, good to hear from you.
    The extra tubes are only there for looks and styling. I dig the retro feel of it all.
    I did actually like the way it looked without it as well but needed to keep it in the program to route the rear brake hose thru.

    Curious myself about how much weight it added, I weighed the two small pieces before I brazed them in and the total was 210 grams or about 25 grams less than a rear MTB derailuer (which im not running) The bike is also lighter the weight of the shifters, cables and cassette.

    I'll probabaly leave them out of the next build for myself, I think i'm going to build an aluminum version of this same bike but with an EBB instead of slider and without the swoopy tubes. We'll see how that goes :-)

    I'm hoping to make it to echo, see you there?

    February 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjake

    Obviously the weight is not an issue!

    It reminds me of the old Sting Ray from Shwinn.

    I will be at Echo. Tomorrow I am taking a day off and then riding the "new" TOE course with Ripley. Long day...

    J

    February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Standish

    Oh man, I'm dying to hear about the new course! Take notes and expect to be fully grilled about small details. Gear selection is going to be crucial for that race.
    Have a great ride and say hi to Ripley for me.

    February 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjake

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