1 2
8valve
8valve New Reader
1/30/18 11:29 a.m.

Nice.  Should be fun trying fixed, never tried it either.  Cheap 80's 90's roadbikes are the best.  I too have a 93-ish 2.8 in my stash... 

Would dual brakes defeat the purpose of this? I think I'd run dual brakes anyway..

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
1/30/18 11:47 a.m.

In reply to 8valve :

As a SS, it will absolutely have brakes--both f/r.  Many FG riders ride w/out brakes...that's not my vibe!

8valve
8valve New Reader
1/30/18 12:20 p.m.

Ah I thought the common FG wisdom was front friction brakes, rear leg brakes.  But yea even FG I'd want rear brakes also.

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
1/30/18 12:49 p.m.

In reply to 8valve :

That's how the smart ones do it (IMHO)--but I've seen plenty of "brakeless" FG builds.

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
2/2/18 9:39 a.m.

Decals and clear.  I was unable to source any authentic "Takara" decals, so I had some made.  I also struggled with the font--nothing was quite right.  So I figured that if we were going to do a font change--we were really going to do a font change.  The  font I chose is actually a "Porsche" font that was a free download online.  I figured it was appropriate given the livery.

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
2/2/18 10:38 p.m.

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
2/7/18 8:54 p.m.

 

A few little details and tweaks to go...

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair UltimaDork
2/7/18 10:22 p.m.

Nice!  And holy crap, you're one tall mofo!

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
2/8/18 6:24 a.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair :

I'm 5'18".

The post came down about an inch from the photo...

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UltraDork
2/8/18 7:57 a.m.

That's slot of slope and foreward positioning of that seat!

 

Don't your wrists or hands get numb?

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
2/8/18 8:20 a.m.
wvumtnbkr said:

That's slot of slope and foreward positioning of that seat!

 

Don't your wrists or hands get numb?

I have not ridden it yet--but I have *really* long arms too--7' wingspan. 

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair UltimaDork
2/8/18 8:44 p.m.

Tell us about the wheelset!  I dig the tall cross-section aero rims.

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
2/8/18 10:23 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair :

They are Retrospec brand.  $99 on Amazon, including Kenda 25C tires.  They have a sealed hubs, where most at that price did not. And most did not come with tires either.  They had a number of decent reviews on Amazon, as well as several other online sources.  Anyone else that sold Retrospec wheelsets was at $150-160+...so I felt like I got a deal.  They are heavy, but they spin nicely and were pretty true right out of the box.  Mostly, they gave me the look I was going for.

Here is the breakdown of costs:

Frame/fork: $50

Handlebars: Nitto $36
Stem: OE SR
Brakes: Tektro 559 $45
Levers: LBS parts bin--Weinmann $25
Wheelset: Retrospec w/ included Kenda 25C $99
Crankset: IRO 70mm 46T $38
Pedals: LBS parts bin Pista-style with Christophe cages $10
Seatpost: Cyclist Choice SP243 $10
Saddle: OE

 

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
4/6/18 7:04 a.m.

I'm getting close on my 2nd build.  A 66cm 4130 framed Ross...looks like a '77 as well.  It was a $75 shipped eBay find and was a very ugly and a little rusty in spots.

This one will fit better than the Takara and is lighter.

As before,  the paint is Rustoleum.

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
4/16/18 11:43 a.m.

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
4/16/18 11:44 a.m.

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
4/16/18 11:46 a.m.

So this is my 2nd effort--getting close to being done.  Its a Cr-Mo 66cm Ross frame.  Its coming in a shade over 20 pounds, which for its size seems pretty good.  Needs a freewheel, chain, brake cables (will be white), and bar tape...

FSP_ZX2
FSP_ZX2 Dork
4/18/18 1:03 p.m.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
4/21/18 8:21 p.m.

Very nice!

1 2
Our Preferred Partners
wcpSheT7DgYQwRCqojebWaVn0haWjEojjoGMhXIo4Kk3WqOxwVGijWMstJN6X6i5