My FM028 project turned out much much better than I had ever hoped.
It has become my daily commuter, its been crashed, twice and even “Chavs” stop and ask me “Eeeeer mate, is that a f*****g Trek Madone, or wot” ……It really is a stunning bike and a real pleasure to ride.
and because its been such a joy, I decided that I wanted, no, NEEDED N+1 in the CCCB stakes, well, that and a little bit of compensation helped from last years accident too.
I got the following parts:
Shimano 105 2011 Groupset £350
58CM FM 015 Frame, Fork, Seat Post £250
Bars, saddle, cables, tyres etc £50
Total £ 630
I went with a FM015 because I like the sheer aggression, its very much like the CAAD9
Now, I wanted, no, needed to keep the cost as low as I could on this build, so I wasn’t really up for giving Crown Point Cycles £160 to bodge another build, so with the advice of some good friends and the amazing place that is the internet, I set about building this myself, now, I’m a total idiot, this would be a HUGE HUGE achievement for me to actually be able to finish.
On the Crown Point Cycles note, before I started, I put right, the (what I hope is) final mistake:
With that sorted I set about the FM015 build.
First off, an uneducated Neanderthal like myself needed to get properly equipped
There was going to be 2 potential “Show Stoppers” they were the BB and Cranks and the Headset.
Within a few days of getting the frame, I had the right tools for the BB and, like a car bonnet, I was, on it.
Major hurdle one, overcome.
Next came the headset and in fairness, with the help of the “Internets” I had it sorted superquick.
Now the Work Stand and Ice Toolz were to come into there own.
within an hour I was at this stage.
So that’s the wheels, front and rear mech, shifters and brakes all installed.
I needed that Steerer cut tho, as mentioned last week, I got that done at A6 Cycles.
I flipped the stem, then installed a shorter one.
Next was the cable installations and gear indexing, something that im REALLY poor at but again, with the “Net” and YouTube, I got it sorted.
With that done, it was just a case of adding my SPD’s and bar tape and having a test ride.
I am going to make a few minor changes in the coming week and a few Major additions too 🙂
But for less than a middle of the road hybrid, I now have a Carbon road bike with Shimano 105 AND what I have learnt while building it has been/will be invaluable in the future, although at times I got a little stressed I REALLY enjoyed this and am actually a little sad its finished, tho I still need to finish off my SS project (Nothing like this tho)
I would encourage any serious cyclist to build a bike, it gives you a real appreciation of your machines.
Anyway, here she is, note the TdF Yellow :).
Now, where did I put those Radioshack decals ? 🙂