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Pake C’Mute Frame Up Bike Build – Road Test

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Part 9 – Road Test and Project Insights

Pake C'Mute Road Bike Frame

Missed last week’s post? Check it out here.

Rubber meeting  the road

I’ve been riding my new whip after work every day this week and have started to feel pretty comfortable with the setup. The riding position is perfect and only required me to raise the seat about a half inch. Steering is precise but not squirrely — I’ve had it up to 40 mph (according to my GPS) with no stability issues. The cantilever brakes provide ample stopping power as I’ve had no issue locking up the rear tire. The bar end shifters worked out really well as I find that I ride in the drops and can easily operate the shifters without much fuss.

Brooks B-17 Saddle

Update (2 months later): As I suspected, my $20 seat is not cutting it on the comfort front. I recently used my REI dividend on a Brooks B-17 saddle in honey brown. Amazing upgrade in comfort even when not totally broken in. I have about 100 miles on the saddle and couldn’t be happier. I added a little theft deterrent to the saddle and superglued 3/16” ball bearings into the allen bolt holes on the seat adjustment and seatpost screws. I tested removing the ball bearings  using acetone (nail polish) before I did all the bolts, and I’m very happy with the solution as it would be very difficult to quickly remove the seat. At least they’ll have to earn it if they want it! I also added a steel water bottle holder to replace the camelbak I was using.

Brooks-Honey-Brown-Saddle

As far as the build process goes, I’m really pleased with the results. I thought I’d need to use my local bike shop for more of the installation (headset, crown race, bottom bracket, ect) – However, the interwebs provided some pretty ingenious substitutes for the high priced specialty tools. I certainly wouldn’t want to use these if I was building bikes all day, but they were great for my purposes. I was also pretty happy with the total cost of the bike. I was very patient and bought all my parts on sale or on closeout and thus ended up with a custom bike that I would have paid much more for if I had altered an off the shelf bike. However, this is not an easy project to say the least. Building a bike from scratch with no reference parts or ride fitment baselines presents a problem that would frustrate most people enough to have them heading over to the bike shop rather than tackling this build. But, for those that just want to see if they can do it, it’s really rewarding.

Let me know what you think of the build or shoot me any questions you have — I’d be happy to help if I can.

Trevor

 

Pake C’Mute Frame Up Bike Build – Road Test