September 11th, 2011

The bike is finished.

I’m quite happy with the result. There’s a bigger picture with more details here.

Over the course of the project I took hundreds of pictures – here’s a selection.

  1. Patrick
    September 12th, 2011 at 14:39 | #1

    Beautiful!! Well done lad!
    “Slade” could also be your tip o’ the hat to that stellar band after whom you used to model your hair…;-)
    One question: where is the slack in the chain taken up if you adjust the overall bike length to suit a shorter rider?

  2. adrian
    September 12th, 2011 at 15:16 | #2


    The rear derailleur can take up quite a bit of slack, so moving the cranks back a few inches is easy. More than that would require shortening the chain. I used almost 3 full regular chains, and they’re joined with KMC Missing Links, currently spaced randomly along the 14′ length.

    If I move them closer to each other, say clustered over a 10″ span, shortening the chain in chunks to suit the max, med, and min positions would be trivial.

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