I feel pretty damn accomplished right now. Frame Saver has been applied. The King headset and PF30 BB have been pressed in, the Rival 1 crankset has been installed (after a panic search through the parts bin for the drive-side spacer), and the Rear (and only) Derailleur has been installed. AND for the first time ever, I cut my own steer tube, chamfered it, installed the Star Nut, and assembled the front end. That was a big accomplishment for me, and I am stoked to cut down a few of my other steerers that could use some shortening. I installed the Salsa Cowchippers, and the Rival 1 levers.
Then I ran into a problem. The Rival 1 Hydro group, which was procured at a nominal fee, was accompanied by various hydraulic cables, two mismatched hydro calipers, one missing the pads, and the whole system was, of course, dry. No fluid, no shoes, no service. Shit. I mean, I COULD just go NOBR AKES, but it just seems like this might be a ride that would benefit from a little stopping power. Maybe.
I have contacted my go-to hydraulic brake/bike build human about the problem. I was hell bent on completing this project without dragging the unfinished carcass to a shop, and I definitely didn’t want to have to do this during the 30 days before the Brai. I’m waiting on my wheels, they may be a week or two, so there is time. Maybe I’ll watch a few YouTube videos on how to put this whole brake system together. How hard can it be? I await a return message from my problem solver…
I really can’t wait to ride this thing.