No time for a full running blog this week, as on Saturday I’m off to Spain for a cycling training camp. However, the summer bike is now finished, so I thought I’d write a brief piece about it.
I wanted to build a bike that was to my specification, that was relatively cheap, and that was as much as possible sourced from components from cycling club members through our 2nd hand buy and sell group, or from pieces from local bike shops, including using them from the build.
My thanks first of all to everyone who helped with parts (even if I bought them and they didn’t end up on the bike) and advice: in particular Simon Skelton for the frame and Woodrups for remaining parts and the build, but also: Vertex Ride, Kirpal Flora, Richard Crawford, Andrew Millington, Nick Ashmore, Dovydas Cipkus, Ove Indergaard, Scott Thwaites, Tom Andrews, Thomas Bullen, Adam Connell, Paul Kirk and Tobyn Horton.
The Frame was the first thing I thought about. I mainly wanted to have internal cabling, and managed to get hold of this BMC SL 01 Roadracer. The frame was very light and stiff, and with the aero seatpost has a very attractive profile. The black and grey colour scheme formed the basis of everything to be built on to it.
I topped off the frame with 3T components, with a 100mm Arx Stem and 44cm Ergonova Pro bars. I went a bit flash with a black aero K-Edge Garmin mount from Wiggle for my tartan blue Edge 510 (the only thing which wasn’t second hand or LBS) and topped off the black/grey/white colour scheme with black Cinelli C ribbon bar tape.
I went for a Scratch Pro T 2.0 from Prologo, in a black and white scheme to match the bike. Prologo have a neat ‘U-Clip’ system to attach a small saddle bag to, and bought one that could fit in a tube, tool and levers.
For the wheels I went for a set of Fulcrum Racing 6s, a wheel that is specially made for some stock Specialized bikes, made of Racing 7 rims with Racing 5 hubs. I got my hands on some Mavic Yskion Comp 700-23c for the tyres.
Drivetrain and brakes
The drivetrain for the bike was a bit of a mish mash. It started off with a 10 speed Ultegra 12-27 cassette and built from there. The 10 speed mechs are Shimano Tiagra, but for the crankset I went to Sram. The front crankset is a 53/39 Sram Force with 172.5mm cranks, with standard grey Shimano SPD-SL pedals on the end. This was topped off with Ultegra 10 speed shifters with the all important under bar cabling to shift the drivetrain, and an Ultegra chain.
The braking is provided by Shimano 105 calipers.
You won’t get far without water – and to hold the all essential bidons the bike was finished off with some Bontrager RXXL carbon cages.
Now it’s built, I can’t wait to get it out for a ride, and use it to take on the Etape Xtrem, Coast to Coast in a day and Etape de Yorkshire!