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My Custom Bike is Completed and Ready to Ship-->>(16 posts)

My Custom Bike is Completed and Ready to Ship-->>ZenJones
Jan 9, 2004 7:18 AM
from London to the USA next week.

Well it started back in October with a phone call to London and as of today she's done and ready to ship.

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re: My Custom Bike is Completed and Ready to Ship-->>ZenJones
Jan 9, 2004 7:19 AM
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re: My Custom Bike is Completed and Ready to Ship-->>ZenJones
Jan 9, 2004 7:19 AM
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re: My Custom Bike is Completed and Ready to Ship-->>ZenJones
Jan 9, 2004 7:20 AM
The men who built it... standing with my Thorn eXp. From left to right- Andy-Chief Designer/Adrian-Lead Mechanic and Robin Thorn-owner & namesake of the shop and bike.

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re: My Custom Bike is Completed and Ready to Ship--ZenJones
Jan 9, 2004 7:30 AM
Tons of spacers!! I'll be taking my time finding out where I want to cut the steerer!! They will also be sending me a couple additional stems to aid in that process.

Concerning the barends... Robin Thorn did say a lot of his other clients really enjoyed them-center mounted... I hope so because Thorn hand makes them out of carbon fibre and they were quite a bit of money.

So this baby will take me on a 7 year tour around the world starting in 2005 and hopefully she'll hold up. Thorn's have the rep of being the best hardcore touring bikes made that also actually ride and handle comfortably.

Wheels are bombproof... Shimano XT hubs w/48 spoke Sun Rhyno rims and Schwalbe 26x1.9 Marathon XR tires.

Final price $3,595.00

Cha-Ching, my bank account is empty but my heart is excited!!
re: My Custom Bike is Completed and Ready to Ship-->>lyleseven
Jan 9, 2004 7:35 AM
That's an awfully small seat! Just kidding. What is the weight?
WeighsZenJones
Jan 9, 2004 7:43 AM
23 pounds without racks, panniers and gear. Will weigh 125 pounds with racks, panniers and gear not including me and the trailer plus the additional gear in it I'll be pulling.

The saddle already arrived... Brooks B-67 Black.
Screw the bike - tell us about the trip!Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 9, 2004 7:38 AM
A 7 year trip around the world? Holy smokes! Where do you start, where do stop, where in between?

Alex

ps - cool bike
7 years, 7 summits, human powered???B2
Jan 9, 2004 11:14 AM
Go for it Goran Krupp style. This is the guy who rode his bike from Sweden to Mt Everest, climbed the mountain and then rode BACK!

With seven years, you could do the seven summits.
take care: stem police in airports.colker1
Jan 9, 2004 12:31 PM
more than 3 spacers and it doesn't board...
Tons of spacerskai-ming
Jan 9, 2004 4:35 PM
I am also building my titanium touring bike at the moment, trying more up-right position which is likely to end up with 5x1cm spacers to the aluminium steerer. The only things I am concern is the safety issue. Any comment ?
You'll be fine unless-->>ZenJones
Jan 9, 2004 5:24 PM
you're riding it mashing the pedals with your butt off the saddle...

but of course, if you're riding like that you shouldn't be riding a touring bike or at the minimum-

you're not carrying any(or enough)gear!

Seriously though... I know a guy who is 6 feet 5 inches, 265 pounds and has yet to cut his steerer and has zero problems. Of course that's on a Thorn bike not a Ti frame.

Gotta ask this... why build a touring bike out of Ti? Repairs are impossible on the road, won't be as forgiving as steel under loads and frame weight isn't an issue unless you're into Audax.
You'll be fine unless-->>kai-ming
Jan 9, 2004 7:33 PM
Everybody say ti bike is almost non-destructible and will last forever, I will only be riding for a month the most in China where cheap transportation will be available in case of major break down. Expedition is not for me at less in the foreseeable future. This ti MTB frame (from Chinese Aeronau.)+ the alum. fork cost only US$300 is too good to pass. I can throw the bike into a bus to get to my starting point without worrying too much about damage. Food and accomodation are cheap in China,little luggage will be carried. Sometimes I like to get out of the saddle and mash for fun and for chasing interesting subject for photograph, I weigh 125pounds. I suppose I shouldn't be able to break the alum. steerer, should I. Since people in RBR frequently mention there are safey issue of stack of spacer which do make me a little uneasy to do that.
touring bikesFrith
Jan 9, 2004 5:33 PM
I don't get the need to be too upright on a tourer. Of course you don't want too much drop but the further up your handlebars are the more pressure on your ass.
I can see it for riders that are already used to being upright and don't have the strength/flexibility for a more aero position, but us roadies should take advantage of our conditioning and aim for something in the area of 0-3 cm drop. That's just my opinion and not one I would share with a new cyclist looking for a tourer.
touring bikeskai-ming
Jan 9, 2004 8:00 PM
Thanks for your advice. The bar of my training road bike is 8.5cm below my saddle, I have riden over 6000km in the past 9 months on this bike, but I have a neck and shoulder pain problem developed in the past two months, it is not too painful, I can still ride the bike hard for 2-3 hours without much problem. I am trying to fix that but insisting not by rising the bar of my C40 because it would be too ugly you see. The purpose of a tourer is just to get me around, to start with a higher bar would perhaps make my neck and back easier. With 5cm spacer, the mtb straight bar will be about 2cm below saddle. I am still in experimental/fitting stage and have not built the bike yet. I may have to cut the steerer when time go.
Ugly bike, IMO...... { NM }gspot
Jan 9, 2004 6:47 PM