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┬áDerailleur. 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┬áDerailleur. 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.

Fuji Full Suspension FrameFrame

So I went into my Local Bike Store (LBS) that just opened and was looking around and they were selling a full suspension bike frame for cheap. I looked into it more and decided that I should go ahead and buy it. I figured since I bought a hardtail (’06 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Frame) frame to do a swap, I might as well just get a full suspension frame and not swap onto the hardtail frame. It is a 2005 Fuji Adventure Hi Full Suspension mountain bike frame (21″). So here we go… I am just about to start swapping parts (posts to come!)


The start…

I am just about to start on a bunch of projects…

-Homemade bike repair stand

-swapping frames from an ’10 to ’06 Rockhopper (’10 frame is too big for me, I found out)

-Finishing my Fixie

-Making a beer bottle cap table

-DIY fairing for a roof rack (proving to be quite a bit of thinking going into planning for this one)

I will be slowly but surely knocking them off the list…. so stay tuned

Evening Ride

Yesterday I went out for a nice evening ride along the Mississippi River then around to Lake Nakomis and back. It was a little on the windy side but nothing terrible. I almost ran into some people with the strong wind gusts but luckily no crashes!

I was out on my Allez and was loving every mile…

15 mile ride = pure bliss after a hard day studying

The Bikes… of course!

I almost forgot to show off the bike…

Being as that I have just found my passion and just started collecting and working on my own bikes, I only have a couple but better than nothing.



2010 Specialized Rockhopper M4 Comp Disc

2007 Specialized Allez Elite Triple

1973 Fuji Special Road converted to a Single Speed/Fixie (I will post some of the conversion later, just finished it this past week!)

19_ _ Raleigh Skyline Custom- this is the beater bike that I use to get around campus and around town for small items (will post pics soon)

199_ Schwinn Mesa- Inherited bike from the girlfriend as a commuter after my Hardrock got stolen… (will post pics soon for this one too)


Stolen: Use to have a 2005 Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc but it was stolen from under my dorm last year ­čśŽ

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