Fuji Build… O boy!

On with the Build!!!

I have had a busy week but I managed to get an hour or so into the bike and this is what I have gotten done.

I know the rear derailleur is not on there but just a pic of the setup

-Rear wheel. Barely had enough clearance in the frame. It sits real tight but that should not be a problem since it is made for 26ers

-Bottom Bracket. I was lucky enough to have the same 68mm and correct spindle length bottom bracket that it just happened to swap perfectly.

-Cranks. This also goes with the BB but they swapped over just the right length and we are go to go on there. It has a little bit less clearance than on the rockhopper but it is enough!

-Disc Brakes. Both front and rear went on like cake walk. Some minor adjustments had to be made but nothing major. So far so good for cabling transferring over on the right length.

Shot of the rear disc brake

-Rear Derailleur. The Shimano swapped over very easily thanks to a standard bolt.

-Front Derailleur. This caused a bit more of a problem. I had a top-pulling derailleur from the rockhopper and that just wasn’t going to work with the new frame. I needed a traditional derailleur so I went to the LBS to pick up a Shimano Deore for the frame.

Side view of a traditional front derailleur

 

 

 

 

 

-Front Derailleur. This caused a bit more of a problem. I had a top-pulling derailleur from the rockhopper and that just wasn’t going to work with the new frame. I needed a traditional derailleur so I went to the LBS to pick up a Shimano Deore for the frame.

Another view of the Front Derailleur

Here is the makeshift headset in order to bring it to the LBS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Headset. Biggest pain in the butt I could have imagined. When I bought the frame I saw that it was an integrated headset, no problem. I would have to buy a new headset but thats not a big deal. So I get onto Cane Creek and go to the headset finder. So far so good, right? I get to Fuji then model. Adventure comes up but it says 2010 model only. I found out that the “new” Fuji Adventure is a hybrid bike not my full suspension mountain bike. So I call up Cane Creek and they tell me to take some measurements. Of course I don’t have calipers so this is almost impossible to get absolutely accurate when they come within millimeters of each other. After that failed attempt it was off to the LBS to see if they can help. He figured out the headset and ordered one. Wrong! I guess it is a weird looking zerostack because the intergraded for those measurements did not fit. So I had to leave it there overnight while they get the right one in. So I will be picking it up soon!

 

 

I will post more pics of the details once I get the bike back.

Early Mornin’ Ride

There is nothing like an early morning ride to get the heart pumping, blood running through your veins and the sweat dripping down your face. This morning I did a nice 28 miler while my girlfriend went for a long run. I was pretty much her “pace” car which entails mainly just carrying water for her and riding around in loops in the meantime. Even with that I got in a nice ride. I just enjoyed being out in the cool spring air even if it did mean I had to be her sherpa…

 

Along the way I found this sweet flower.

I regret not taking more pictures along the route but I was just trying to locate the other half (girlfriend) most of the time. I wish I could have taken a pic of this hill I conquered. It was ummm steep! I mean steeeeeep! For those of you who also live in the twin cities, it is the hill off Summit Ave that goes into Downtown St. Paul. It is rather steep. I will have to give it another go again soon (and take some pics this time…). Great training hill but I wouldn’t want to climb that too often.

First Road Ride

I went out for my First road ride of the year. Being in Minnesota make it a short riding season but I will take advantage of the warm weather so early in the year. I went out for a ride to downtown St. Paul (east side) from school on Summit Ave in St. Paul (west side). The trail goes right along the mighty Mississippi river the whole way making for a scenic ride. I went up to the U of M first to lengthen and enjoy my ride. Nothing like having people look at you like you are crazy when it is 48 degrees out and you are on a bike with bike shorts and a jersey.

Summary:

27 miles

16.8 mph pace

Here are some photos that I took while on a quick break on the path by downtown.

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