*Warning: This post is about my bicycle, and some viewers may find it incredibly boring.*
Many months ago, while sitting at the Shanghai Brewery, Angela and I were discussing our life goals. I decided that one of mine, as silly as it sounds, was to build a bicycle from scratch. So I started. Now, many months later, I have actually made some progress.
I had purchased several parts, but I did not realize that building a bicycle would require so many unique tools that most people did not own. I bought a few that I knew I would use later in life, but I needed to do several things to prepare my fork and was not willing to purchase the right tools. So I decided to find a bike shop. I found Factory Five. Factory Five specializes in fixed gear bicycles, but it was soon apparent that these guys were experts for all things bicycle. I brought in my fork and had the crown race installed, the steerer tube cut down to size and the expansion nut installed. I also bought two tires and two inner tubes. All of that cost me 190 RMB, or around $30. I could not believe it. What a steal!
As you can see above, the fork, headset and handlebars went together nicely. When I move the fork and handlebars in opposing directions, I can feel a very small shift that concerns me a little bit. I am hopeful that this can be fixed by loosening the stem and trying to get everything a little bit ‘tighter’. My only major frustration was popping one of my two inner tubes on the first installation. I became a little impatient trying to get the tire on, and when I get impatient usually things break. At least I am a step closer to riding this thing! All for now.
3 thoughts on “The Bicycle Project”
Brilliant! Your disclaimer actually made me want to read on!
Good to hear you are making progress on the bike Jason. Not boring at all. Dan
Definitely not boring. Fun to see the link to the bike shop, too. Are you tempted to try their Tuesday night ride when the bike is completed?