Thursday, April 19, 2012

It Rolls

Still building and tweaking, but couldn't wait any longer to get a feel for the new ride. Not enough time in the saddle yet to analyze and report back. For now I'll just say a lot of grinning was going on.

12 comments:

  1. Now, that is a good-looking bike. If it rides as nicely as it looks, you have a difinite winner there!

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  2. Ooh! Shiny! Tell us about the parts that are on it and the parts you're gonna put on it.

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  3. You are a bad influence on me!

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  4. Your new bike looks to be both elegant and utilitarian; I'm pleased for you. Now, the details?

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  5. Looks much nicer in this light. Beautiful frame, beautiful bend in that fork.

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  6. So, what method do you use to get the labeling off the rear derailleur? I've been wanting to remove the "Ultegra" from my Ellis derailleur. Wasn't sure how to do it.

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  7. Thanks all, for the encouragement.

    GravelDoc, still working through a few build details, but will elaborate in a future post.

    Doug, I used some kind polishing product, can't remember the name. I'll look it up and get back to you.

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  8. Like you, I have a number of nice bikes including a dedicated randonneuring bike and a Hilsen (and an LHT and Cross Check). I recently parted with my Quickbeam and that's fine. While I'd like to trim down the quiver even further due to overlap with my bikes, I can't bring myself to part with any of them yet. I've had the CC a long time. The LHT is the most utilitarian and handles loads best of the bunch, the Hilsen is a sentimental favorite and the rando bike is great but I'm having some issues with the parts on it. I would strongly caution you about parting with the Hilsen. Like you, my Hilsen has recently been canabalized to get my CC on the road and for a brief second I thought about parting with it but just can't do it. It's a beautiful bike that has served me well. Since I've got so many bikes I've thought of setting the Hilsen up with Albatross bars as a townie/dirt road rambler. I think if you parted with the Hilsen you might regret it.

    That MAP is a beautiful bike. Happy for you that it came your way. Jan Heine gushed about the MAP bikes in BQ so you clearly have a winner of a bike on your hands. Looking forward to seeing where it takes you.

    --Leaf S.

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  9. Leaf, alas, the AHH frame/fork was sold. I took the parts off, stared at its bareness, like the day it arrived, and was flooded with flashbacks. Bittersweet moment. Simplicity is not easy.

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  10. "Simplicity is not easy." No, it's not, but does seem to be worth it. I can't help but wonder if you just made room for another bike. ; )

    The MAP is beautiful. I live in Portland so I've seen a few around town. A friend is about to take delivery of one in May/June and is very excited.

    --Leaf S.

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  11. Nice! That crankset looks awesome!

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