build kit

with this frame's completion coming into view, i've been collecting the last of the parts i need to build it up into a bike. not surprisingly, i spend a fair amount of time thinking about this.

most of the build kit arrived back in January from Universal Cycles in

Portland, OR. they were good to deal with and had a couple good

specials running.

the kit is designed to function with the frame to make a comfortable, city-proof, century-proof, commute-proof bike.

now on hand:


rear: Salsa

Delgado Cross 700C 36h rim, DT Alpine III 292 mm spokes, Shimano Deore

XT hub, Shimano 9-speed cassette 32-28-24-21-18-16-14-12-11t

front: Sun CR-18 700C 36h rim, DT Alpine III 300 mm spokes, Shimano Deore LX hub

both: Michelin green rim band, Michelin Airstop tube, Panaracer T-Serv

Messenger 700 x 32c tires, Delta axlerodz allen key skewers


cranks: Sugino XD300 175mm triple square-taper, 26-36-46

bottom bracket: Shimano UN 68

mm cartridge, TBD 110 mm or 113 mm

rear derailer: Shimano Deore

front derailer: TBD...i have an Arabesque 600 clamp-on, a newer Ultegra-ish 600 clamp-on (both doubles), and a 105 triple braze-on (i've been convinced of the merits of clamp-ons by a Rivendell article)

shifters: Suntour Power Ratchets. gorgeous shifters. crown jewels. i've been ratcheting them for the past few minutes, and it's sooo satisfying.

headset: Stronglight Delta


pedals: Shimano A520 SPD sport-touring

stem: Nitto Technomic 70 mm x 26.0 mm

fenders: SKS P45 silver

brakes: Dia-Compe 750 centerpulls, brazed on

brake levers: used Shimano 105 with white hoods

brake pads: Kool-stop Dual Compound

still to get

chain: 9-spd KMC

handlebars: Salsa Bell Lap 46 cm

bar covers: Velo-Orange white elkhide

saddle: Brooks B-17 honey

seatpost: Kalloy Uno 27.2 x 350 or Kalloy Radiussed Top (seriously, that's the name in the QBP catalog.)

lighting: S6 generator, B headlight/taillight from V-O

in a lot of cases, holding one of these parts was the first time i'd seen

one off a bike, or the first time i'd seen that particular part ever.

it's been fun playing with them over the last year, watching the

collection grow.

i've been boxing up all this stuff in preparation

for moving it down to the Corcoran shop. the plan is to try to build

the bike around the parts as much as possible. i just had the front

wheel trued earlier tonight, so i'll soon be able to check the fork's


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