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Working with the Rapha team over the Sun Tour was a fantastic experience.  Aside from getting some great blogging material and meeting heaps of new friends, it also scored me a few freebies.  First and foremost I’m now the proud owner of over 100 new waterbottles (sorry, not the cool Rapha biddons).   This is a dream come true for me.  I’m very particular about my bottles and I’m also too cheap to spend $10 on a new one.   These are perfect.  Never will I need to buy another waterbottle again.

The other piece of swag I received for all my lackie work was Ben Greenwood’s broken team frame (as shown above).   The carbon frame is fixable so I thought this would be a great opportunity to do something special with a bike that represents an amazing week of memorable experiences.  I love the understated nature of this frame and think it has some huge potential to be something very unique once we heal it’s wounds.

I’m not aiming to make this the lightest and most schmick bike on the planet – I want it to have character.  I’m thinking that a “classic” theme with a modern flare to build around is my desired approach.  Things like:

Selle San Marco Regal or Brooks saddle

Ambrosio tublular wheelset

Camy, Shimano or SRAM?

Fyxomatosis chainrings

– It also needs a new paintjob.  I’d like it to have some nice detail added but all of the decals kept the same.

I think you get the picture.  These are just suggestions to get my head around the style of bike I’ll be building.

So what I’m looking for are suggestions from you guys on how to build this bike up in the stated theme as well as offers from local Distributors and/or Bike Shops to help me out with some components and product for this rig (email me here if interested).  Of course I’ll be documenting this whole process and everyone who helps will be getting full props.

My plans for this bike are simple.  This will be the CT Community Bike. If you’re visiting to Melbourne and need a bike to ride I’d be happy to lend it to you and show you around.  Or if you live in Melbourne and just want to go for a ride with it and me that’s cool too.

Cool? Cool.

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