A spicy Salsa Casseroll, size 57 cm, that is dreaming of rolling suburban byways and city alleys with a fix on. First impressions are that this is a well-constructed, well-finished frame. I believe it's about a pound lighter than my Cross-Check (both 4130 chromoly)not much of a weight savings, but at $280 for frame and fork, I couldn't pass it up. Ginger Beer is the color. Stainless-steel, semi-horizontal dropouts. Elegant. Hell, I'd even go so far as to say "classy", though in a meretricious way: a versatile strumpet with a sense of fashion, not yet jaded by nights spent trolling the seedy streets of DC.
I installed the headset the other night using my homemade headset press (HHP), aka "the warranty voider". Both cups went in like a dream, straight and smooth and...transposed. Zounds! Seems that in a single-beer induced fog, I'd installed the bottom cup in the top of the head tube and the top cup in the bottom. Nice.
When I mentioned this oversight to Butch, he suggested I leave it for style points, citing as a precedent the ofttimes flamboyent rickyd's deliberate such transposition some time ago. But anyone who knows me would see right through that ruse. Butch then turned me on to a homemade headset remover (HHR) constructed from a foot-and-a-half section of 3/8" diameter copper plumbing pipe, quartered on the business end with a hacksaw to form flaring tines, and capped on the other end where the pounding takes place.
A quick trip to the LHS (Local Hardware Store), a little handyman action, and I soon had a new tool on the cheap to add to the arsenal. Like the HHP, the HHR tackled the task with pugilistic aplomb, wresting each cup from its steely burrow with a few quick taps of a stout hammer. Double-checked that I had the cups properly placed, and back in they went. I drove the fork race home using a section of PVC tubing as a slide-hammer, and viola!the job was done.
Without further adieu, I include a list of ingredients:
- Phil Wood front and rear high-flange track hubs, 32 hole (polished silver)
- Velocity Aerohead rims (silver)
- DT Swiss Competition Double Butted (14/15 guage) spokes (silver)
- Vittoria Randonneur tires, 700c x 28mm
- Surly track cog, 17T
- Sugino 75 cranks, 49T (silver)
- Crank Brothers Eggbeaters Quattro SL pedals (silver/black)
- Chris King headset (silver)
- Soma Fabrications "Major Taylor" track bar w/ (black) track grips
- Thomson Elite stem and seatpost (silver)
- Salsa Lip-Lock seatpost collar (black)
- Selle Italia (dick-friendly) SLK saddle
- Phil Wood bottom bracket (108.5)
- Tektro R538 Long Reach front brake caliper (silver)
- Paul Component Engineering E-Lever front brake lever (silver/black)
- KMC Kool chain
"Warranty Voiders" I and II...
1. La petite reine ("the little queen") is a French term of endearment for the magical, mystical transportation-device-cum-carnival-ride object most commonly referred to in English as "bicycle".