After nearly buying an MTB from Kaushik, had sat on the fence for a long time deciding between a Road bike or a Hybrid. As I was going nowhere, thought about a small investment till the clarity issues are resolved.
March 28th 2010
Mach was mine, Sardar cycle at Mahim was the place where wheels started rolling finally. The stock bike was a very straight forward affair.
Typical hybrid handle bar
Shimano Revoshift shifters
In a month of riding it was established that I am not a Hybrid person.
Lack of compassion for fellow cyclists.
Insatiable need for speed.
Utter contempt for rickshawallahs.
Ridiculous straight handle bar.
Rajesh Nair, Vandit Kalia & Kaushik Iyer. & their (Ohhhh.. so orgasmic) workouts.
Drop bar was the first nail. Metro cycles at Kalbadevi became my second home thereafter. Their welcoming nature and endless History of components lecture was my usual Saturday affair. I had decided a very classic look for the drop bar look. Simply adore those long brake cables rising over the hoods. Wrapping bar tape was something I was dreading in the whole process. http://bicycletutor.com/
to the rescue. The video is so detailed, that my first wrap was over in just an hour. I re wrapped it to sort out a few mm discrepancies. But the whole experience was and still is satisfying. Only eye sore was the Suntour shifter on the flats eating the premium real estate.
This avatar was decommissioned in next 9 months. The stem had to be replaced... Due to consistent riding my flexibility increased in leaps and bounds. Longer stem was calling. This was also the beginning of Weight weenie metamorphosis. After a long phone call with Metro guys and comprehensive list of "Needs" I was off to Kalbadevi.
What was in the box?
110mm alloy Quill stem.
Zoom ergo drop handle bar.
Simplex stem mounted friction shifters. ( small history lesson : http://sportifbicycle.blogspot.in/2011/01/simplex-retro-friction-shifters-part-1.html
Black bar tape.
Duro, nylon 27-1/4" tyres.
Boy!!! threading and aligning, an Ergo dropbar through a Quill stem is a matter of infinite patience. Thanks my year old son (then), I had loads of them. The setup was tested, tweaked and is still enjoyed. Friction shifting is oh so awesome. I honestly think they should provide friction shifting to all entry level bikes.
Within a week alloy Brake levers and Seat was also procured from Fomas.
I was deeply satisfied that I have shelved some weight of the bike and that would help me go faster. Physics is such a bitch. Concept of angular velocity rained my party pretty prematurely. The need for speed was ever increasing. The calculator was summoned and numbers were crunched. The study ultimately followed. On the other side came a wicked laughter and a pearl of wisdom "A pound off the wheels = 2 pounds off the frame." Read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_performance
This is basically true for all rotating components of the bike. That included Wheels, Cranks, Pedals, Chainring, Cassete, Chain(?).
The wheels came in December 2011 and were accompanied with Sturmey Archer Track hubs. The rims are generic Taiwan. I had a choice of Brushed Al Kinlin and the ones I have. I chose the latter on base note of colour and leap of faith on Metro cycles. I am told, that the manufacturer also produces for Mavic.
The alloy seat post and seat were not available then but got a call on 8th of March for the same. The alloy seat post was of 27.3Ø and required is 28Ø In sheer frustration the seat is now clamped to same MS stock seat post. Will be changed on first signal.
Now the only change that remains is Bottom bracket and double chain ring with new cranks.
After this sojourn of DIY I am certain of fixing my roadie ride (whenever that comes) all by myself. DIY is my way of meditation... and it works wonders for me.
No one gives it to you. You have to take it.