Finished My First Serious Build!

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Total votes: 55

Awfully-Caj
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Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Awfully-Caj » Tue Sep 25, 2012 16:08 pm

Well the Winter Months are fast approaching and I have finally come across all the components to finish my Custom Build. Pictures of this bike half completed have already been posted on bikeradar so to cut a long story short...

This bike started life as a used Carrera TDF that I purchased from a friend back in 2011. I bought it for about £120 and he threw in a free New Boardman Road Helmet and carry case (Whilst not a great fan of its looks its relatively light and I still use it today).

Originally I had no intention of building the bike up, I just meant to clean it and give it a fair bit of TLC as it was in a bit of a sorry state. If your like me however, once you start a project, its easy to get carried away. In total now (after selling all the parts that came on the bike and just keeping the frame) it has cost around £650 (£800 spent before selling the old parts). I have saved quite a lot of money waiting for sales and swapping between CRC and Ribble (which seem to have the best prices).

The only original part on the bike is the frame, which I stripped and Hand Polished (endlessly it seems). The rest of the components were picked after much deliberation such as reading reviews etc. and have been chosen as they combine (in my opinion) the best aesthetics, performance and value for money. The total weight comes in at around 8.4kg which is not too bad in my opinion as the wheels could be upgraded in the future to bring the weight quite easily below 8kg for the sake of a few hundred pounds.

The only other thing worth noting is the fact that my bike is built up as a compact (frame geometry, handlebars, drivetrain) and whilst not being favorable to everyone it suits me fine as I am relatively short (5ft10) and prefer the sportive style of riding position. Hope you enjoy the pictures and let me know what you think, I'm open to criticism! Below the pictures I have included a list of all the components in case any one is interested..

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Frame: Aluminium w/FSA no.57e Headset
Forks: Controltech Lightning Full Carbon
Compression Plug: M Part Carbon
Stem: PZ Racing CR5.2
Seatpost: CSN Carbon / Alloy
Handlebars: Easton EA70 Aero Bars 2012
Bar Tape: SRAM Supersport
Saddle: Bontrager Affinity RL

Brakeset: Shimano 105 5700 (Black)
Front Der: Shimano 105 5700 (Black)
Rear Der: Shimano 105 5700 (Black)
Chainset w/BB: SRAM Apex White 34/50 170mm / GXP Team BB
Chain: KMC X10 SL Ti N Gold
Shifters: Shimano 105 5700 (Silver)
Pedals: Shimano 105 5700 (Silver)
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 6700 11-23t

Wheelset: Shimano WH-R500
Tyres: Schwalbe Ultremo ZX HD Black 23c
Tubes: Michelin A1 Airstop Butyl
Skewers: Halo Hex Key (Black)

Oh, and I just stumbled across this picture of when I first bought it!

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Last edited by Awfully-Caj on Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:44 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby greasedscotsman » Tue Sep 25, 2012 16:21 pm

Did you put the "Dream Build Ride" sticker on it? :shock:

Awfully-Caj
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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Awfully-Caj » Tue Sep 25, 2012 16:28 pm

greasedscotsman wrote:Did you put the "Dream Build Ride" sticker on it? :shock:


Yep, thought it was quite fitting (came free with an MTB magazine my younger brother bought) :D
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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Russyh » Tue Sep 25, 2012 16:31 pm

What a lovely Job, i think it looks great. How long did it take you to polish the fram up like that? And did you get it clear coated after the polishing?

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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby greasedscotsman » Tue Sep 25, 2012 16:35 pm

Awfully-Caj wrote:
greasedscotsman wrote:Did you put the "Dream Build Ride" sticker on it? :shock:


Yep, thought it was quite fitting (came free with an MTB magazine my younger brother bought) :D


Well, it's very shiny! Do you need one of these for riding on a sunny day? :wink:

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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Awfully-Caj » Tue Sep 25, 2012 16:44 pm

Russyh wrote:What a lovely Job, i think it looks great. How long did it take you to polish the fram up like that? And did you get it clear coated after the polishing?


Thank you, feels like it was all worth it now that it is finished! The longest part of polishing the frame was actually stripping it using a combination of 120 grit wet n dry and Nitromors. After that it was just ensuring that I wet n' dried it down using finer and finer grades of paper (about 6 grades I think). It was then just a simple task of using some soft cloths and Autosol Metal polish. I decided not to clear coat it but instead seal it with some Autoglym Super Resin Polish and then some Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection. All the pictures from when I did it are here http://awfully-caj.pinkbike.com/album/Raw--polish-of-old-road-frame/

The finish has stayed pretty awesome if I'm honest, I only touch it up every now and then with more Autoglym which works a charm on it.
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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Awfully-Caj » Tue Sep 25, 2012 16:50 pm

greasedscotsman wrote:
Awfully-Caj wrote:
greasedscotsman wrote:Did you put the "Dream Build Ride" sticker on it? :shock:


Yep, thought it was quite fitting (came free with an MTB magazine my younger brother bought) :D


Well, it's very shiny! Do you need one of these for riding on a sunny day? :wink:

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Haha, not quite, I'm sure a few other people might though! I have to admit, it is a bit "bling" but I thought it would give a more personal touch to the bike considering how much time I spent on it rather than just re spraying the frame like I normally do. I'm a bit worried about taking it out in the sandy / wet / windy conditions of Swansea though. I'm afraid my frame will just disintegrate as its blasted by gale 10 sandy winds :P

Hence the reason I have just purchased some Elite Parabolic rollers, So I may ride and ride until my heart is content :P
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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby hairyleg » Tue Sep 25, 2012 17:05 pm

Very nice well done :D
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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby dodgy » Tue Sep 25, 2012 17:43 pm

I have a terrible feeling that your frame is going to badly be affected by corrosion. Honestly hope I'm wrong, keep an eye on it, but it does look great.

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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby declan1 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 17:48 pm

I'm sorry, but that can't be a Carrera. You must be lying. You just bought a titanium bike that had the same geometry as the TDF :P

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I have no idea what's going on here.

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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Awfully-Caj » Tue Sep 25, 2012 17:50 pm

dodgy wrote:I have a terrible feeling that your frame is going to badly be affected by corrosion. Honestly hope I'm wrong, keep an eye on it, but it does look great.


I never really considered that.. thanks for the heads up though! I keep the bike clean (almost after every ride) and I tend to go out when conditions are calm (i.e. not in wind / rain) which should help a fair bit. I would imagine by the time the frame is beginning to degrade I will have upgraded to something made of carbon fibre. By that time it will probably be dirt cheap as well!

The tubes must be relatively thick as well considering the frame weight is near enough 1800g?
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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Ed J » Tue Sep 25, 2012 17:51 pm

So awesome. I love alloy but polished just looks even... awesomer. It's like the old CAADs

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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Awfully-Caj » Tue Sep 25, 2012 17:53 pm

declan1 wrote:I'm sorry, but that can't be a Carrera. You must be lying. You just bought a titanium bike that had the same geometry as the TDF :P


You'd be surprised how often people ask me whether or not it's titanium... but alas... it's not :(

Maybe one day though! :D
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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Awfully-Caj » Tue Sep 25, 2012 17:56 pm

Ed J wrote:So awesome. I love alloy but polished just looks even... awesomer. It's like the old CAADs


Thanks, it feels even better riding it around knowing that I did it myself!
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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Awfully-Caj » Tue Sep 25, 2012 18:02 pm

The frame halfway through polishing - shows a nice transition from before to after!

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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby Paul 8v » Wed Sep 26, 2012 18:23 pm

Got to be ten out of ten for effort!

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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby seige » Thu Sep 27, 2012 19:53 pm

unbelievable jeff!

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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby ascurrell » Thu Sep 27, 2012 21:51 pm

That is a stunning looking bike and a great build.
I will be honest though and tell you I have voted the build an 8.

Great components for budget but you mentioned about the weight, speaking of which the most stand out part of the bike is the frame, alas that is also the most weight adding part.

The bike does look lovely, Control Tech forks aren't cheap. If I didn't know the frame was a Carrera TDF it visually looks like a bike double what it cost to build if not more, a labour of love and an absolute one off.

What's your next project?

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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby bigdaveskinnytyre » Thu Sep 27, 2012 22:19 pm

When did 5'10" become short? I thought that was average height for a UK male?

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Re: Finished My First Serious Build!

Postby thecycleclinic » Thu Sep 27, 2012 22:38 pm

I think you have the nicest and lightest TDF in the world. 8.4kg is not bad for any bike and it goes to show ithe TDF may actually be a decent frame. shame about the paint halford put on it.

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