Monday, August 20, 2018

Cresta GT: Reunited and it feels so good..

The plan for this evening was to get the headset installed, its a nice new Velo Orange grand cru with sealed bearings so it takes a fraction of the time doing the original loose bearing unit would have.

New cups in place.

Fork reattached and top cap, washer and nut in place.

And just like that the frame-set is, well, reunited...

That was all I was going to do but I had a stem/bar/brake lever combo already to go so why not?  Pro tip: the bars have a tendency to rotate if you don't secure them so I put a towel on the top tube where they might hit so they don't end up doing any damage.  When I get to the point where I have the front wheel on I will secure it to the frame with a toe strap.

I was going to do the bottom bracket tomorrow but I am on a roll and its a new sealed bearing unit so why not..

Two main bearings down, two to go.

I unfolded my Swift Sand Canyon tires so they could hang and rediscover their round shape.

And finally I took the box o' parts off the upper shelf and put it down where I can get to it so I can start running parts through the sonic bath.  Who knows? next week at this time it could start looking like a bike.

Ride. Use new parts. Smile. Repeat.


  1. This is going to be a beautiful bike. The frame is in very nice shape. I can tell you already love this bike!

  2. Yeah, that's a great old touring frame! You got me into the habit of waxing my older frames, they come up a treat!

    1. Glad to pass along what I have picked up on other blogs, the waxing doesn't disappoint.