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Monday, December 21, 2009

Bike! Bike! A New Bike!

This is just a brief note to highlight that my new bike, a custom green Ridley Noah, which i've been waiting on for nine months, has finally arrived!!!

Finished building it up tonight, here's how it's looking:

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Click for a slightly larger image - apologies in advance for the front tire, it's all i had laying around, it'll get swapped for a black one soon. I'm actually *very* happy with the orange Lizard Skins bar tape, it suits it perfectly (and feels really nice! =)

It's a small size, oddly (i'm 5'10). I prefer a shorter top tube, and the Medium was up around 56cm - them Belgiums must be huge - waaay too long for me. It was a pretty easy build. Didn't have to cut the seat mast, i just popped the biggest spacer in the seat mast mount, and it was actually the height i was looking for!

It's built up mainly with the Campy Chorus that i had on the Blue, and the SRAM Red cranks as well (165mm, same as my track bike.) It's actually a very similar set-up to my Argon 18 Electron track bike, maybe 1/2" longer wheelbase, and the saddle is a bit lower on the Noah, but that's due to the lower BB. Seat and bars seem nearly in the same location otherwise...so hopefully will be an easy transition between the two (assuming i ever get back on the track..)

I took it for a brief spin up the street - it feels SOLID. Rock solid. No flex anywhere (except the wheels!) I'm very much looking forward to getting it up to speed. Maybe tomorrow, if it remains dry!!

Last thing i need to do is install the wiring for the PowerTap... Not crazy about that (visually speaking), but it'll be a while before i can afford a wireless unit........next big upgrade. ;)

Special thanks to the kind people at Oak Bay Bikes, as well as Norco, for making this all come together!

Got my regular training updates to catch up on, more soon!


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    At Wednesday, December 23, 2009 9:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Looks awesome! Really really awesome. One spin on that and I would probably feel like my steel bike was made of wet noodle.

    I'm happy your perfectly coordinated colour scheme will continue in future race photos/reports. Looks so snappy!


    At Wednesday, December 23, 2009 11:00:00 PM, Blogger Dave Shishkoff said...

    Thanks Emily!

    Yeah, it's freaking STIFF, but actually still very comfy!

    More pics to come, thanks! Always nice to hear from readers. =)

    At Saturday, February 20, 2010 3:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice setup. Love the orange bar tape!
    I'm just building up one myself (red-gray color scheme, L frame, chorus 11).
    Did you have any problems with internal cable routing? Seems to me that I need some extra cable guides or something, especially in the BB area?

    At Saturday, February 20, 2010 3:41:00 PM, Blogger Dave Shishkoff said...

    Hey there Jackie - congrats, you're going to LOVE it!! Nice setup too! The new SRAM wheels look really good on there too... (There's a Dean at the shop here with them...)

    Internal routing is simple. The brake housing is just one piece, it goes all the way through.

    For the shiftering, i *really* recommend installing the cables before installing the BB.

    However, i installed the BB first, and was lazy, and still managed to route the cables through. (It took a while, i just put on a show and poked away for a few mins and eventually hit the jackpot. ;)

    Other than that, nothing else is needed. You'll need to cross the cables internally, btw.

    There should be a plastic piece mounted on the BB that directs the cable to the F and R derailleurs, and if it isn't there, it should have come with your Campy stuff - and the cables that come with it are perfect, i think i trimmed the rear brake housing a wee bit, and that was about it.

    The one thing that i'm not sure about is where the cables from the shifter go 'in'. You need to use housing ends, and they just 'sit' on top of the holes... One has 'popped' into the hole, and seems to look much more appropriate. The cable for the front shifter is still sitting 'on top'. I've been meaning to email Ridley to confirm this... Works either way, but i have a feeling it's supposed to 'pop'..

    When you get it built up, post a pic! =)

    Have fun,

    - Dave

    At Monday, February 22, 2010 3:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thx Dave!
    I'm still a bit confused about rear brake housing (which you say is just one piece and goes all the way through). I've checked and there *is* already a piece of housing inside the top tube (here is video of a guy showing how to replace it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f8JijECXzc )
    Should I remove it and run full length housing or just use two short pieces of housing (lever to top-tube and top-tube to caliper)?

    I see your problem with cable housing caps. Campagnolo supplied metal caps with their cables, I'm not sure I should use these with a CF frame.

    Regarding F and R der cables, you are right, there is a plastic cable guide on the BB. The problem is - it doesn't go all the way to the hole where F-der cable goes back 'in' the BB. I'm sure the cable must rub on the frame there. Here is a picture of this area: http://tinyurl.com/yd4xybn
    See how plastic guide is very near the hole to the left, and not so near to the hole on the right side.

    I've emailed Ridley with all this, let's see if we get any answers ;-)


    At Sunday, April 04, 2010 2:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Here's a pic:



    At Tuesday, April 06, 2010 11:10:00 AM, Blogger Dave Shishkoff said...

    Wow - that looks HOT Jackie, NICE!

    How do you like the ride??

    Did you hear back on how the shifter cables are supposed to engage with the frame? Do they 'pop' into place?

    I've been SUPER happy with my Noah. First crit last weekend, and handled superbly.



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