Monday, January 24, 2011

Building Bikes

My friend Emily has been trying to get one of her bikes on the road, and I offered to help out -- but putting a bike together is never as straightforward as it ought to be!

To complicate things, she's trying to keep the cash outlay reasonably small by swapping as many parts as possible from her damaged frame, onto a new frame, but the old bike has an ultra-modern gee-whiz aerospace-grade Trek composite frame, and the new one is old-school small-diameter classic steel. Therefore, almost nothing from the first bike actually fits on the second bike! It was easier in the "good old days" when all you had to watch out for was French and Italian bottom-bracket threads...

Our mutual friend Dave made a pretty funny animated cartoon of the process:

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