I'm glad to announce that after four hours of fiddling, tightening, loosening, screwing, unscrewing, threading, hammering and tightening my new Transition Covert now lives!
I was a bit like a rubbish Dr Frankenstein on Friday night. I'm not suggesting that building your own bike is like crafting together a zombified monster then breathing artificial life into it only to have it murder you in a windmill, but you know what I mean... You get pretty into it.
Some decent tunes on the stereo, a few beers and a break halfway through for chicken hotpot and the job was a good 'un. As far as problems went it was mercifully straightforward too. Here were the night's biggest low points:
- Internal cabling. Getting the rear mech cable threaded through the chainstay had me reaching for the cable ties a few times. I'd nearly given up on it before a breakthrough moment when I lobbed the end off an old spoke, rammed it in the end of the cable and threaded her through like a gent!
- Plastic headset spacers. Not only were the supplied spacers plastic but they were slotted on one side to secure them on top of each other. This ended up leaving a thin plastic ridge on the top of the stack. Once I tightened everything up, one of them snapped with a bang and shot across the room, narrowly missing the telly.
Anyway, Saturday saw some quiet rolling around Bath for 'shake-down' testing. This mainly involved stopping a lot to tighten stuff up and fiddle with air in the shocks. Sunday was unexpectedly warm though, and saw me and the Transition hit the trails for our first all-day ride together.
How'd we get on? Stay tuned for a more thorough report later in the week...