Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Art of the Pro Build


As I mentioned before, the devil is in the details. Nate and I often talk about the art of the pro build, having honed our skills during our time at Bike Pedalers in Lincoln. Many mechanics out there can build a good bike. But what separates a good build from a pro build? For one, it's lining up the print on the cable housing. It's putting it all out there for everyone to see, these aren't generic cables, their genuine parts.

On top of that, standard clear frame protectors won't cut it either. I like to use handlebar finishing tape trimmed down to look like frame protectors. The extremely thin vinyl wraps around complex tube shapes better than the thicker clear ones, and the branding that matches your bar tape is a nice detail.

That's how we Pro Build.

4 comments:

mw said...

you show the word sram and discuss a "pro build" ... eesh ...

MOD 2.0 said...

Yep, I can honestly say it is the smoothest most easily tuned drivetrain and brake system I've ever set up. Pretty impressive stuff so far. Now it's time to test the durability.

mw said...

looks super clean, just had to dish out some shit.

my version of a pro-build is 3 coats of wax followed by clear vinyl tape to protect rock beaten areas, all done before the build up.

erik said...

turning labels in and using top quality parts because you need them: also quite pro.