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My continuing GF bike build project...(8 posts)

My continuing GF bike build project...Velocipedio
Jun 12, 2002 3:48 PM
Okay... So I ordered the 2000 Jake the Snake frame for my GF's bike. She took a 2002 model in her size out for a spin at the LBS today; it took her so long to come back, I thought she'd left me for the bike. Suffice it to say, she's REALLY pumped about having a 'cross bike.

I am planning to move some of the components [105 and Tiagra] on my bike to hers and re-building mine with Campy [yes, she's okay with this]. Does anyone have any good, but not overly-expensive recommendations for things like headset and handlebars? She's not going to race the bike, but I'd like to know if there's anything special I should look for in a headset [considering the abuse it gets].

I know It would probably be cheaper just to buy a whole new bike, but this project suits both our purposes, and I already have wheels for both bikes, so I may end up ahead on this...
re: My continuing GF bike build project...triangleforge
Jun 13, 2002 5:30 AM
I tend to buy King headsets when I'm feeling flush -- and when I'm not, I've had great luck with the Cane Creek C2 headsets on two bikes, including my 'cross bike. They're usually around $50-60, if memory serves, but becoming fairly common in the clearance areas at various websites & brick+mortar bikeshops. The ones I've got have seen hard use and no complaints.

As for handlebars, I'm head-over heels in love with the Salsa Bell Lap bar for cyclocross. The slight flare at the bottom makes it feel very comfortable and in-control in the drops over rough terrain. And though it shouldn't matter (but of course it does) I really like the look of the flared bars on that bike; it's a subtle difference from a road bike that says "Let's get dirty!" Salsa makes the bar in two different grades of aluminum -- the cheaper one sells for around $29 and works great for me.

Good luck, and I hope she appreciates it!
Oh yeah...Velocipedio
Jun 13, 2002 9:55 AM
She's really pumped about it. In act, she's equally pumped about building up her own bike -- looks like I'm going to have a helper! -- as she is about hitting the dirt. God, I love a women who likes to get her hands dirty!
One more Campy reassurance?Velocipedio
Jun 13, 2002 9:53 AM
Just want to be reassured here... I should have no trouble using a Shimano-ish crankset [that is, a crankset designed for Shimano 9-speed] with Campy 9-speed, correct?
should not be a problemweiwentg
Jun 13, 2002 6:43 PM
I used a campy crankset with an otherwise shimano drivetrain for a bit. if you're skeptical, I do still have that crankset + BB (Daytona 9 speed). email me at
should not be a problemVelocipedio
Jun 13, 2002 7:31 PM
I'm planning to either use the Sugino crankset I have now, or put IT on my GF's bike and get myself a new crankset. The principal reason why I'd want a non-Campy crankset is to get 38/48 front gearing.
So I'm thinking...Velocipedio
Jun 14, 2002 5:56 AM
The main issue I have with the crankset is that I'd like to preserve the gearing that I have in the small chainring [right now, I'm running 38/48 12-25]. But there's no reason why I couldn't run a Campy 39/48 with a 13-26 cassette, is there? That would give me just about the same small ring gearing AND it would give me a 39x16 [a gear that I love], with only the sacrifice of 48x12.

Racers... do you EVER use anything bigger than a 48x13? I'm a pretty strong roadie, and I've used 53x12 very occasionally in sprints, and 53x11 on long steep downhills, but I can't imagine I would need or use such a gear, or 48x12 [which is close to 53x13] on a dirt course, even in a sprint.

The advantage of using a campy crank is that I LIKE Campy cranks. The disadvantage is that the BB isn't splined... but I could live with that.
handlebar suggestionJakob
Jun 13, 2002 11:34 AM
I am building up an older surly cross-check for my wife and i found a handlebar that seems to suit her. nashbar has a $9.95 road bar that has no ergo bump and has a fairly shallow drop. it's pretty similar to the deda 305 shallow she has on her road bike. my wife is 5'6" but has smallish hands and hates the ergo bump because of that. she cruised around on my salsa bell lap and felt it was way too wide, especially in the drops. that's more important on her bike, too, because i'm building it with barcons.