1) build an audax/touring capable bike, for use on my summer holidays this year on a tour of Scottish Islands
2) minimise the cost base, using components from my parts bin or donor bike
3) learn from it and try not to have a sense-of-humour-failure in the process.
I'll also be recording it here https://cruzbike.com/forum/threads/s40-build.12226/
So lets start with what's in the box and the basic frame assembly.
Main frame - looks very good, colour schemes and detail looking very good in the flesh, lots of bosses to attach things to, and the welds look nice and neat.
Great detail and quality of welds
Disc tabs won't get used for now, long reach calipers for the initial build
Boom, slider and front legs (can't think what else to call them)
I gather I may need to fiddle around with the pulley for optimal cable routing. Luggage tag courtesy of BA whi had the privilege of getting it to the UK undamaged. A great transit box and packing from Cruzbike by the way.
Forks, plenty of space there for the 28mm tyres I'll be running. Only detail issue I've had so far is the disc brake tab - with the mounting holes painted over, but again not an issue for now.
I love that the seat is pre-drilled, and velcro'd, seating position was a major head scratcher on the build of my M5, and I'm still not convinced I have it quite right.
The extras - touch up paint (nice to have), bar tape which will go into my spares box as will become evident later. 2 x headrest clamps, not sure why, and various spacers and fixings. Notice anything missing? Headrest cushion and cover - a couple of e-mails to Cruzbike and it'll be in the post - can't fault the customer service.
Next chapter - Frame Assembly
Oh, adn I ran today, only 7.5km-ish, and in an icy, biting easterly wind. Not fun, HR way too high, and as a result the adrenalien caused a spike in blood glucose to WAY TOO HIGH, which I've had to correct afterwards. Probably a combination of a few things - fatigue from the week in Houston and travel back yesterday, lack of recent running, and the weather conditions.