Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Banshee Viento Build: 2x9 to 1x? = SS [Week 08]

Since 2008 I have been riding on a 9 speed drive-train. And to keep myself up to date with the recent technology in cycling I have decided to upgrade to a 1x10 drive-train.

I still do have my ole' trusty Shimano M665 2x9 crankset with 36/22t chainrings on hand, so it won't get pricey doing this upgrade. And so I dropped by Raven Cycles, a shop owned by my friend, Ben Bartolome, a man who has inspired a lot of individuals in my area to cycling since the mid-to-late 1990's. 

So I purchased from him a 34-tooth Narrow Wide Chainring by the brand, "Van Zane".

Van Zane 34 Tooth Narrow Wide Chainring

Monday, November 10, 2014

Banshee Viento Build: Wheelset Rebuild [Week 07]

When I sold the Shawn H-3 a few quarters ago, I made sure that the wheelset and other important components didn't get sold. Reason was to make sure that I will still get to build another bike just in case the urge went back.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Weekly Cleaning and Maintenance....

Its another week, with rarely a saddle time to spend. And to vent out frustrations and stress, weekly bike cleaning and maintenance. is one of the outlets I enjoy doing.

Under our roof are 4 1/2 bikes (with the Viento half-ly built), and all of them are subject to weekly maintenance and general cleaning... from Dad's Brompton, On-One Scandal, Ibis Tranny and our oldschool retro Diamondback Ascent.

By doing this it narrow downs the faults and possible parts failure during future rides.

So far this week, I serviced the Ascent EX's front hub and repacked most of its BBs... while the Tranny's freehub is nearing its end of life, soon we'll have to get replacement freehub tooths for bettet engagement.
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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Banshee Viento Build: Installing Brake Calipers [Week 05]

Last time I didnt get a chance to install the brake calipers due to broken bolts, and mismatched caliper adapters. And so I went around to find me some Titanium Bolts and IS to Post Mount adapters.

Luckily Ti-Bolts were easy to source out nowadays compared to how it was some four to five years ago. When you had to source it out from foreign shops. With the cycling boom happening, parts where easier to find. Got some titanium M6x20mm from a local online seller, Mr. Jam Santiano who delivered the bolts immediately after I deposited my payment.

I chose to run equipped with an older generation SRSuntour Epicon as it proved to be easier to maintain and relube often. But it also proved to be a problem, as the fork's brake mounts were still IS (international standard). A lot of the modern bike forks nowadays run on post mounts. Luckily Baradine still carries IS to Post Mount Adapters... so I gave a LBS a buzz and ordered the adapters from them.

Next Phase will be finding a suitable bottom bracket for my old SLX M665 crankset to mount on, or possibly mount my old wheelset on this rig.



For those in the Philippines look for Titanium Bolts, you can contact Bike Parts PH through their mobile number: 0928-551-2347
or visit their online store at: 

For those in the Philippines and is looking for Baradine IS to Post Mount adapters, you can get them from Movill Cycle Shop. They are located along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City or drop them a call @ 0922 885 1967
or visit their online store at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Movill-CYCLE-SHOP/149675781829680?fref=ts
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