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Thursday, April 2

No April Fool's, frame actually came

Everything finally came together... well almost everything.

Will Bolt arrived with a handful of happy around 7:00PM last night, and the tools started turning. I did some turning, Will did some turning, and after I put the non-drive side crank on the drive side of my frame I did some more turning and was kept under closer adult supervision.

It all came together pretty smooth. Billy D Williams woulda been impressed.

I don't think there are enough MOOTS decals on it though...


Sliders....

This is my first single speed with sliders. I've had horizontal drops (track ends for the picky bitches), split shell EBB (Spicer), set screw EBB (Dean and Zion), and Bushnell EBB (Thylacine). I can see the benefits of the sliders just as easily as I saw the benefits of EBB's. With my local gear of 32X18 the sliders are about halfway back, but with a chain measuring about .75-1.0 on my Park chain checker. After this weekend's race I'll throw a new chain on and see where it sits. Iffin I wanna change it up and have a more forward position I'm gonna try a half link or go with a 34T ring up front. There's always options, eh?

Build weight? After seeing Fatty's 18.65lb build and Big George's 17.76lb jobber one might be surprised at the weight of my ti bike built for a guy who is less... ummm... fleshy than either of those two. The final build weight (which will go down slightly when I get my MOOTSbar and MOOTSpost today UPS and God willing) was right around 21lbs. Keep in mind I run a steel fork while those guys opted for carbon forks. I went with an aluminum ISIS compatible Middleburn while they chose snoot zoot carbon XBB's. There's also a lot of trickery on Geroge's bike and some light tires all around that I just don't wanna trust at a hundie or a stage race, so I'll settle for my "heavy" 21lb bike.

No full monty shots yet. Today woulda been special bike day at work, but with thundershowers rolling through I don't think I wanna bother. As soon as I get a chance to get outdoors in the daylight I'll get the photos I know every true bike lusting Merican male wants to see.

14 comments:

raposuvagamundos said...

not only mericans Dicky, some europecans waiting too

Boots said...

Did you use ti-prep as the "grease" on your threads and seatpost? Just checkin. Congrats Dicky!!!

Haley said...

Congrats Dicky! The MOOTS looks sweet. Certainly on my list, but I'm afraid I'd have to save for about five years to afford one. Ah well.

Tech question: Steel and not carbon...how come? I just had this conundrum and ended up going with a WB Rock Solid on my Rig. Why didn't you stick with the WB fork?

My only concern with the carbon is durability.

dicky said...

BOOTS;
Liberal amounts of ti prep all around.

Haley:

Carbon VS Steel???

I know carbon is strong and compliant. I also know I wanted a rigid fork that had a similar A-C as my Fox, and there's no carbon fork more than 473 (I think). Carbon is strong, but when I'm dragging my bike over rocks at a stage race, or my bike is being tossed into the back of a truck (ala La Ruta) I feel much better about my steel.

Cost also became a concern. I have two steel Niner forks as of right now. Total cost was under $130 combined. I would love to try the new Niner carbon rigid fork, but I am not ready to throw down $350 for one (essentially the entry fee for a couple hundies).

Anonymous said...

My bike arrived last night too!!!!!
Cakes and Pies, Cakes and Pies!!!!

But, alas, I saw neither hide nor hair of Will Bolt.

Looking forward to seeing your Moots, Dicky!

I think you should consider putting streamers on it though.....

Blair

springer said...

congrats man, looking forward to drooling on my keyboard in the morning.

Peter Keiller said...

Are my eyes deceiving me or is mr bolt sporting an ironic mullet for april fools or is he truly a business up front, party in the back kinda guy?

dicky said...

That is in fact a very sweet mullet accompanied by a stellar stache.

Anonymous said...

Working on the Mullet big time this summer.

Pedal Circles said...

That's a pretty bike!!

doug said...

geometry specs? email me if you don't want to post.


looks nice. you should be stoked! congrats!

Adirondack said...

Sweet bike. I'll settle for "heavy" and reliable over full carbon any day.

allan said...

Nice looking ride. You gotta be stoked.

Todd got more details up about the stage race. Can go solo or as a duo. Yes, I've been clicking on it like a psycho ever since I first saw it.

Tim said...

Your bike looks super rad. Can't wait to see it in action.
TimmyD