All the paint work is done and I figure the paint was dry enough so lets start putting this thing back together.
Assembly was pretty straight forward. The brake cables were reversed so that took a little modification but otherwise everything else went on exactly how it came off.
One thing I realized right away is that the paint was still soft so I buggered it in quite a few places putting it together. Best case would have been to let it dry two more days but that was not in the schedule if I wanted to make a Sunday ride in less than 24 hours. I have leftover paint so I can always come back and do some touch ups.
Brakes and gear shifters took some time to adjust but nothing too difficult. A jig would come in real handy here.
Handle bar wrap was a breeze. I was scared to mess that one up.
Now for the results:
- Carbon fork from ebay: $20
- 90mm neck from Nashbar: $15
- Aerobar from Nashbar: $15
- Handle bar tape from local shop: $15
- Head gear spacer from local shop: $5
- Spray paint (3 cans): $13
- Reusable tools from local shop $40
- Hours in labor: ~40 hours
So out of pocket $83 in parts and $40 in tools that I consider an investment for future projects. Also, time well spent getting to know the ins and outs of my bike and honing a few techniques that can be applied on other projects.
I am very pleased with the final results. The bike feels pounds lighter and It feels more responsive. I like the way the paint came out even though it is far from perfect. It would have taken an additional week on the paint alone to get a near perfect results. I cannot wait to get this thing out on the road and yes I would do it all over again.
I was dared to name the bike and so I did… Vigilante is born!