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.