New build!

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Well it’s been a few weeks since I last posted and I’m glad to announce that I’m doing my first frame up build! The above picture I posted is a pic I found of the exact frame I purchase at a bike swap in Paso Robles ca last week. My goal is to get mine to look as close as I can to the pic. This is what I have so far

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So far I have the frame, a 55.5cm giant bowery which I picked up for 50$ a set of specialized bull bars which I picked up from a swap meet at my local bike shop Flanders for 2$, thanks to Sean and John for putting it on, a felt stem which was a take off from my felt f75, a pair of campy centaur crank arm which I got new for 10$, and a pair of bar end break levers also for 10$, stock felt seat which was a take off, and a chain also a take off

The direction I want to take this build is pretty similar to the pic, I want it be be a single speed but not fixed, I also have 2 breaks and the rear will most likely be a flip flop hub, every thing else will be fairly similar in looks, my goal is to do this build for as cheaply as possible, so far my biggest expense will be for wheels, so I’ve been searching eBay and Craigslist for a decent set of wheels. Other parts ill need will be a fork, haven’t decided if I want carbon or steel yet, a bottom bracket, seatpost, head set, and a pair of breaks and a set of pedals. This bike is being intended for around town and coffee runs, and leisurely rides prob under 10 miles, this is actually my second frame up build the first being a volume BMX bike that I built about 10+ years ago, this bike being pretty similar to a BMX bike I’m looking forward to getting back to my roots. Well ill post an update when the parts start coming in. Stoked to be doing an awesome build

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Product review!!! Wtb silverado slimline

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Up for review is the wtb silverado slimline saddle. Made for either road bikes or mtb the silverado offers durability, comfort and fairly light all at a reasonable price. Specs are as followed for the chromoly rail version

RAIL: Ni-Cro
COLOR: Black, White
WEIGHT: 245g
DETAILS:
Synthetic Cover, Flex-Tuned shell, Comfort Zone, ABR corners, DNA padding

After riding my stock felt saddle and it not working well on my downstairs parts I decided to look into a new saddle. Not knowing where to start I headed to my local shop to get a few ideas. Normally the guys at my local shop have an answer for just about every question I had. Being a small independent shop and brand new as well their limited to product on hand, and I really had no idea where to start.

So after being loyal to my usual shop my entire cycling experience I ventured out to a larger still independent shop in my area and found out they had a saddle fitment program. For 30$ deposit you can ride as many seats as you want for 30 days and the deposit goes towards the price of the seat.

While not having any idea where to start I explained what I didn’t like about my current stock seat and went from there. This particular shop had 2 different brands to choose from wtb and selle italia, with wtb being the more affordable option.

I started off with the valcon and rode on it for a about 40 miles and it wasnt quite to my likening, it didnt fit me very well. Then I went to the silverado which was way better fit. I put about 50 miles on it and was fairly happy but decided to see if a other one would work better. I went from the silverado to the Vigo, which pretty much was a giant step backwards. So after riding the Vigo for about 40 miles I went back to the silverado. They only had the titanium rail version in stock so they ordered me the chromoly version and it was only about 50 grams more.

So after I ordered it, it took about 10 business days to get there, when it came in I took my bike in to get it put on and didnt ride it for about 3 weeks due to my hectic work schedule. The first real ride I did was the half century grand fondo, and this saddle really proved its worth, kept me comfortable for over 4 1/2 hours of riding. All in all I was pretty Impressed with this saddle in many ways one being when I talked to a wtb rep at the sea otter that they have a program where if you save your receipt and your wtb saddle is damaged during a crash they will give you a discount on a new saddle.

So if your looking for a new saddle check with your local shop and see if they have a fitment program and start there. I chose the wtb silverado based on comfort and price. This particular saddle might or might not work for you ride few different ones and put some miles down on them to really get an idea.

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