2018 FrankenBike Build

2018 – the year of the single-speed, drop bar, go anywhere bike that has only existed in my mind (and Johnny T’s garage) until now…

(I’ll update progress as I go along, in case anyone besides Fast Freddy and me cares.)

September, 2017: Step one: find a cheap frame that’s been spray-painted to look even worse – CHECK! (thanks creepy CraigsList guy!!).Step two; remove unnecessary cantilever bosses. This rig will be all disc, all the time…Bosses trimmed off – filing and sanding comes later:December, 2017: Next, remove all hardware, headset, etc.

Nothing was greased, maybe ever, on this bike – threads, seat post, etc.

Thank God I rescued this rig, it was doomed.

Now a little bead blasting (this takes WWWAAAYYY longer than I thought):The struggle continues… this is the worst, thickest, runniest rattle can paint job in the history of man. And, it was sprayed right over the stickers and clear coat. Call it a hunch, but I’m guessing that this mystery frame-set is a KHS…?This is tedious…Fired up the hillbilly paint booth over Christmas:September – December, 2017: I’ve slowly been collecting all the parts I’ll need via spare parts bins, CraigsList, LBS and eBay.  At this point  I’ve got almost everything I need to assemble.Fast forward to January…and it’s starting to look like a bike…Next – make this bag of bolts function:

Cut down that giraffe’s neck of a  steerer tube.

Bottom bracket is too wide. Cannibalize two separate cranksets to make one useable one…

Install and adjust brakes, cables, chain, etc.

February, 2018

And there you have it! The all new, 2018 Gravel Crusher. I’ll probably flip that stem upside down so I’m not sky high, but other that that…

2018 Adendum:

2018 Barry Roubaix “Psycho Killer 100”

 

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