Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Bikes: 1983 685mm Specialized Expedition

It occurs to me I haven't shown what I'm working with so I'll copy and paste part of an email I had sent to the MiyataSpecTour group after finishing this build.

Well todays the big day!  All the boxes have been checked, parts installed, and components have been dialed!  After a 2 years of looking for a frame my size, 1.5 years of finding the parts, and over 50 hours of polishing (since i was doing it on a budget most of my parts came pretty pitted and oxidized)/installing/tuning/modifying my build is officially complete!

Before I drop the link for pictures here's a run down of the bike:
  • 1983 Specialized Expedition 68cm (thanks cliff!)
  • Mavic A719 36 hole rims, Sapim(?) spokes (rear tied and soldered), Shimano XT M760 hubs (thanks paul)
  • 2010 700x32c Gumwall Panaracer Pasela TG 
  • 2008 SRAM 990 Cassette 11-34t
  • ~1985 Shimano XT 50-45-28t 170mm Crankset (FC-6206)
  • 2010 128x68mm Shimano UN-54 bottom bracket
  • 2010 Dura-Ace 10 speed bar end shifters
  • Campagnolo (not sure of the model) Brake Levers
  • 1981 46cm Nitto Randoneer handlebars
  • 1987 ~100mm Nitto Technomic Stem
  • Dura-Ace Headset (not sure of the year)
  • ~1992 Dura-Ace AX 26.6mm seatpost shimmed to 26.8 (thank you Pabst!)
  • Shimano XT canti's upfront, new Tektro CR720's in the rear (actually a really decent brakeset with good looks)
  • 2008 Green B17 w/ Hammered Copper Rivets
  • New Dura-Ace cabling throughout
  • 2009 Nitto Nice Rack (front)
  • 2010 Axiom Streamliner DLX Rack (rear)
  • 1979 and 1981 Kirtland TourPak panniers (I have a matching handlebar pack and mount but not sure if I'm going to use it just yet)
  • MKS Pedals w/ NOS Cages, Christophe leather straps

Yep, I love my bike

And yep, I'm 6'6" w/ long legs.

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