經過了漫長的九個月等待，終於拿到了我的客製化鈦合金旅行車車架。自從2014年去義大利騎單車旅行之後，我就越來越確定自己不會再參與比賽。我想要的是一台能陪我上山下海到處流浪的耐操旅行車，這樣的念頭催生了訂做鈦合金碟煞旅行車的目標。期間曾經survey過Independent Fabrication, Firefly, Hampsten, kualis，但是這些廠商訂做鈦合金旅行車架並不便宜，不包含S&S coupler就要US$3500起跳。這樣的價格我實在是花不下去，且還有其他事情要忙，因此訂做車架的事情也就一直擱著。
After the whole 9-month long waiting, I finally received my customised titanium touring bike frameset. Since I went toruing-cycling in Northern Italy with Bottle in 2014, I am very sure I won’t attend cycling race in the future anymore. I want a reliable and portable touring bike which can be with me around the world. Because of this idea, I want to customise my own titanium touring bike. I’ve surveyed some handmade bike factories e.g: Independent Fabrication, Firefly, Hampsten, and kualis. However, the customised titanium bikes made by these factories are really prohibitive. The price is usually up from USD$3,500, and it’s not including S&S coupler. I cannot afford this price, and meanwhile I was busy on other things, so this idea was pending.
去年年初，瓶子發現了一家價格讓我比較能夠負擔得起的俄羅斯手工車廠，有接受鈦合金跟鋼管車訂製（跟builder全程用英文聯繫，所以不建議英文不好對車架細節又不熟的人自己弄）。但是因為中間要準備搬來紐西蘭，直到去年七月初才開始跟frame builder聯繫，討論車架與零件的細節。八月初確認訂單付訂金，十一月初才收到S&S coupler。而因為外胎與車架間隙不夠，也將BB shell從傳統的BSA改成T47。十二月上旬完成車架初模，四個月就這樣過了，接著又無消無息。
Last January, Bottle found a Russian handmade bike factory, which is located in Moscow. This factory can make customised titanium and steel bike, and its price is affordable for me. Because I would move to New Zealand last May, I started discussing the frameset detail with the frame builder since last July. In the first of August, I confirmed the order and payed the deposit. After the frame builder received the S&S coupler from the United States in the November, he started making my frameset. Meanwhile, he found there was no enough clearance between tyre and chainstay, so he changed the BB shell from the traditional BSA BB shell to the T47 one. Last December, I finally saw the initial frameset.
反正剛搬來紐西蘭有很多事情要忙，我也不急著拿車，就慢慢地等待等待。今年的一月下旬，builder來信說現在在弄cable stop，這時離車架完成的日子不遠了。 🙂
In the beginning of March, the frame builder sent me the final photos. The frameset, Velo Orange fender, front rack and handle bar bag were included in this photo. Then frame builder shipped my frameset on 9th of March from Moscow.
Before the frameset arrived in New Zealand, I didn’t know where my frameset was. I couldn’t use tracking number to track anything. The frame builder and I were afraid that my frameset would be lost. We tried to contact the post office, but got no update regarding my frameset. After the frame builder filed the complaint for the post office, my parcel was arrival in New Zealand custom on 9th of April, and I received my frameset on 15th of April.
Although I got my frameset, I had no suitable tool for installing headset and crown race. Thank Bottle for finding this special long thick screw (it’s originally for timber door) in Bunnings warehouse, so that I could save NZ$29 labour rate. This special screw with two square washers can be the simplest headset installation tool.
However, this DIY tool is too difficult to use. If this kind of DIY tools is useful, Park Tool doesn’t need to make the special tools for bike. I tried to install headset using this DIY tool
shit in many times, but I had no idea how to press it evenly. I lost my patience, then… I used plastic hammer tapping the headset into the head tube. Anyway, after fighting with headset for a while, it was pressed into the head tube.
After installing headset, I had to install crown race into fork. I bought a 32mm PVC tube from Bunnings warehouse, and I thought I could use this for installing crown race. Well… I was really too naive…
林祖媽我又錯了。用這根PVC管敲crown race花了我洪荒之力，連橡膠槌都斷頭。敲了N次之後才把crown race打進去。我之前在車店工作好幾年，從來沒有敲過這麼難敲的crown race！
I was wrong again. In order to install the crown race, I made an all-out effort. As I tapped this PVC tube, my plastic hammer was broken due to this
damn crown race……
I thought I could assemble fork, stem and handle bar with frame after installing headset and crown race. But… I didn’t expect that I couldn’t press the headset cap into the fork!! (the headset cap usually can be pressed into fork by hand) I had to use the PVC tube again… I used to work in the bicycle shop for a couple of years, but I’ve never had this kind of circumstances before..
Finally, I assembled the frame, fork, headset, crown race, stem and handle bar. Although the DIY tools can be used for installing headset and crown race, it’s really a shit. I don’t recommend anyone using this way.
Then installed the fenders, front rack and handle bar bag. I tried to install the rear rack, but it would be affected by the post of rear fender. So I have to find another way for installing rear rack.
Velo Orange的便當袋相當的復古，個人很喜歡，且可以搭配Velo Orange的前貨架固定。
Then installed crankset, chain, front/rear derailleurs, shifters, paddles, wheels and disc brakes. My old KCNC seat post cannot be plugged into the new frame. I had no idea why it happened.. Sigh… There was no problem with my old frame and old KCNC seat post.
The initial installation is finished. The next and final stage well be installing rear rack, star nut, inner/outer cable and adjust brakes/gears (as long as the star nut arrive in New Zealand). Hope I can ride my new bike as soon as possible or the winter is coming soon.