No surprise that things didn't go as I planned. Obviously been a while since I updated this thread so I'll go through my phone pictures and see what might be interesting. Long story short, I got busy working before leaving for my permanent vacation lifestyle in Thailand. Forget rebuilding my bike, I didn't even clean it. Sorry if it turns into a personal blog, here goes:
Following on from the last picture posted, I'm sure I took some pictures of the weights but can't find them. Anyway here are the Bontrager XXX bottle cages I got on sale. Under 20g each
April. Made it to Thailand. Just know that I'm completely focused on riding now which is why there is a lack of weights but I will get back on that soon.
After building my bike up, I wanted to replace the bearings in my rear hub. Sparing the details, it was beyond saving. Bike shop gave me no choice but to use this slightly heavier hub. STILL having similar problems.
But it's all good, love riding here.
May. Finally get round to "fixing" my bike. Not sure if mentioned but I rode my hoods to death. By the end of April they were both completely torn so they could be pulled off quite easily. Replaced hoods, bar tape, cables, chain and chainrings.
Vittoria Corsa Speed Tubeless tyres. Ended up taking them off last year and using whatever clincher tyre I had. So these were reinstalled again. No picture but I'm sure the weight was down to 7.19kg
Before I forget, took a short trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This happened.
Another disaster story. Did not have enough time to measure up the post on my bike, was about 10-20mm too short. My friend kindly exchanged it for the 420mm although didn't receive it until last week. Import tax to Thailand was painful..still worth.
So here are the rest of the disastrous happenings lol.
First ride after having the tubeless set up, get a massive cut on the back tyre. Can't inflate more than 60 psi. Inner tube goes in. Same happens to the front tyre after 1000km. Inner tube goes in. Back tyre gets shredded on a ride and I burn my spare and a mate's spare tube. Put my heavy clincher back on (it's a stock bontrager tyre, pretty bomb proof.)
Next, I reckon the saddle was too far back on the Zipp seat post, I endured hours of creaking, mistakenly ignoring it. Took the seat post out to regrease, torqued to 5 Nm. 5 mins later I notice this. Yes that crack goes all the way around.
Wheels are defo on their way out. Changing the hub must've affected the spokes somehow. This one has broken twice...funnily enough was on the same road both times. Front hub bearings have finally gone as well. So now have done about 40km total on that wheel with a missing spoke.
Honestly considering a silly light carbon tubular wheelset but it is rainy season here so probably not the most sensible idea. Think I will hold out until I return to the UK anyway.
Also to add the bad luck, my stages was not working with my garmin. Thankfully the renown Stages support team sorted me out with a warranty unit. Only a week without a power meter, could've been worse.
So that brings us to the end of June. MCFK seat post in. new seat post collar is KCNC, hated it at first, very bulky compared to Carbon-Ti but I think it's still light and the colours kind of match the frame accents. Rear tyre is now a Michelin Pro 4. With inner tubes and a lighter seat post, the weight must be around 7.2 but at the moment I don't really care. Having too much fun riding.
Girlfriend got a matching bike too, will post some updates on that later. Hopefully that wasn't too much for you guys, kudos if you read it all. Till next time.