Hi. I've been a member for a couple of months, and before joining I was browsing the forum for a while, so I thought I should at last get round to putting up a post. I cycle for commuting and (non-competitive) leisure, and in the last few years I've got interested in putting better (or, at least, different) components on bikes to improve the ergonomics etc; and then the idea of 'building' a bike.
This is / was my first such effort, based on an old Schwinn Fastback Comp which was going quite cheap in a used bike shop in Hackney. It came with some 105 components which I kept, but pretty much everything else except the frame got discarded and replaced with various bits & pieces that took my eye, from the web or at a jumble sale. These were mainly 2nd hand but included a few luxuries eg Tune skewers and a ti BB from TA. Very helpful LBS did the difficult bits, like swapping out the BB.
Total weight of this bike including toestraps, bottle cage, bell and light fittings is 8.22 kg. OK, not exactly WW but it does make me think that with a more focussed approach I can put together a bike that will come in at under 7.5 kg while also running nicely and suiting me ergonomically and aesthetically. For this (prospective) bike so far I have acquired a Scott CR1 Team frame and EC 90 forks. The Extralite / Stans Alpha wheels (which I was very lucky to find 2nd hand at a bargain price) will be re-spoked with CX-rays and included in this project. I'm thinking of SRAM Red 2012 for the drivetrain etc.
I'm also currently working on two other projects, one based on a Lynskey Sportive frame, for light touring & wet weather; and the other for my girlfriend, using a lovely Chas Roberts steel frame and handbuilt wheels with Halo Retro rims, Novatec / Ambrosio hubs and DT Rev spokes. While obviously weight is not the
main thing with these builds, I am looking to bring them in as light as possible given the other factors.
OK, so now I'm no longer merely a 'lurker' here
. BTW, appreciation to all involved for the invaluable information in this forum.