Getting the bottom bracket was great because it meant I could heave off the adequate but not really visually suitable FSA cranks and mount my decidedly second hand but still sexy 175mm Campagnolo cranks;
This pleases me quite a lot. The BB is a very narrow one and there is only a couple of mm clearance of the crank to the chainstay, but it means I can run the chainring on the outside of the crank and still get a straight chainline...
The next thing to sort was the stem, as I was unhappy with the visual bulk of the quill stem adaptor and BBB riser stem, I was convinced it would look better with a sleek raw steel number.
|More 4130 goodness from Lianne|
|Some mitered tubes awaiting the balmy warmth of 3500°C|
|My first legit fillet braze - yay|
|I took an incredible amount care making sure the handlebar tube miter held the tube straight and true, there is no joy in a droopy bar.|
|Cutting the hole for the clamp boss - I had made the boss on the Grayson a bit earlier but forgot to take pics|
|Braze in that bad boy|
|Then spend much time filing the fillets to look pretty, and also slit the boss and handlebar tube to form the clamping detail|
|Another view of the results of laborious filing|
|Finally fitted up to the bike after a slapped on layer of clear coat. I also made a new slightly sexier bracket for the Jtek shifter, but this was not very interesting and I forgot to take a pic of it.|
|Much more in keeping I reckon, although I again apologise for the blue electrical tape - I actually went to buy some more and they didn't have any black, so it is not my fault. This will be rectified at the first opportunity, I assure you.|
|The semi finished article|
Soon I think I will get someone who is more competent than me with a camera (ie anyone over the age of five) to take some arty shots for me so I can frame them and send them to my family for Christmas.