Bolting a couple of derailleurs and other small parts to a frame is the easy stage of any bike build. Normally I build in three stages. In the previous post, I did the first stage, the frame prep and fitting the BB and Headset. That means all I have to do next is use a couple of allen keys and spanners to fit a few of the 50th Anniversary Super Record parts. The final stage, hopefully at the weekend, is always the brake cabling, bars and saddle set up and finishing, such as wrapping the bars.
As this is the ‘easy’ part of a build, there isn’t much to write, but there are some pics to look at!
Before I started this middle stage though, I had a little cosmetic work to do.
50th Anniversary Chainset
The paint detail that forms the signature on each crank was ‘patchy’, so a small touch up was required.
A small black touch up pen is handy for this task. Simple cover the area in paint and wipe away the excess.
The results from five minutes work is really quite satisfying.
Don’t fit one of these to a hub unless you have the specific removal tool. Luckily I have, so after prepping the hub thread, I carefully screwed the freewheel into place making sure the thread engaged properly. Always secure a freewheel with a chain whip and some pressure – this will ensure that the freewheel doesn’t initially slip forward when you apply pressure on the pedals for the first time.
The only difference with the 2nd Generation Campagnolo Super Record Titanium bottom bracket is that cranks fasten with a nut rather than a bolt.
This is what I meant earlier, this is the easy part of any build, simply bolting parts onto a frame. So far I’ve screwed on a freewheel, fitted the back wheel, attached the cranks with a nut and washer and now a simple 6mm allen key attaches the rear derailleur.
The front derailleur only has to sit a couple of millimetres above the outer chain ring with the outer cage plate in line with the same chain ring. Again, adjusting and tightening a nut is all that’s required.
Another simple screw thread, another simple spanner and fastening.
At last, something that isn’t just a bolt on item. I’ll post a video soon on the method I use for fitting the chain to the correct length. Although the Regina SL chain has hollow pins, it has a short stretch of standard chain and pins that allow for the length adjustment.
Get the washers in the right order and screw in the fasteners – no spanner or allen keys required!
Nothing complicated here, a couple of allen key fittings and job done. I’ll fit the brake shoes later when I cable the brakes.
This is one of the only new items I’m fitting to SB5422. This is a lovely Superleggera Turbo Saddle.
I wasn’t kidding when I said that this stage of a bike build was the easiest. Just another allen key required to fit the saddle to the seat pin.
50th Anniversary Super Record – The Build Will Continue…
The next blog post will be the 3rd and final stage of my builds that I mentioned earlier. It will include setting the bars, stem, brake levers and saddle to my measurements and preferences. Once those are set I can cable the brakes correctly and finish off the build by wrapping the bars with new tape.
I’ve purposely not done much to change the appearance of this bike apart from the cosmetic paint detailing on the chainset. I don’t like polishing parts that aren’t meant to be polished, I like to keep everything as it should be, with everything as close to the original finish. I’ve not even heavily cleaned any of the 50th Anniversary parts, other than wiping them with a cloth when I’ve needed to.
The only changes I’ve made have been very subtle. All the additional ‘lightweight’ additions I planned to use are now fitted. They include:
- SLG Turbo Saddle
- Campagnolo 2nd Generation Titanium Bottom Bracket
- Campagnolo Freewheel
- Regina SL Chain
- Titanium Seat Pin Fastening Bolt
- Titanium Water Bottle Bolts
- Alloy Cinelli Stem Bolt
I can’t wait to get this finished at the weekend and take it out for an ‘isolation ride’ for exercise!