Eddy waits for his Jaegher

How Soon Is Now?

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Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.

It was with this mantra in the back of my mind that I made the instant decision to build my dream bike. The rationale went something like this: ooh that’s nice, I’ll have one of those. Before I knew it I was increasing my credit card limit and damned with the consequences. Actually, there was some rational thinking behind such a rash decision, but thinking that came after the decision. I think that’s called justification.

I’d had enough of talking about the dream bike in a manner which suggested that said dream would in most likelihood never come true. “When I build my dream bike” had a date set sometime in, well, fucking never. How long should one wait to do something that would presumably make one complete, or bring one joy? Simple answer, my friends, is now. If I waited another ten years, or even five, would I still get the same satisfaction? Why be an old guy riding around on a nice bike when you can be a slightly less old guy riding around on a stunning bike?

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The waiting doesn’t seem so bad now. Hell, I’m even keeping the master who will be creating my steel fantasy waiting. But it’s all part of the process. This has to be right. And having the patience, knowledge and experience that my co-conspirator Steven has is a boon. From the very first excited email, to god knows how many hundreds later, every step of the journey has been carefully considered, over and over and then once more to be safe.

First, the thing that maybe should have been last was discussed, debated and dilly-dallied over until we (yes, I feel this is a team decision) settled on close to what you see in the above photo (with a colour-matched fork for my build). The gruppo was of course a no-brainer and a box full of Super Record gorgeousness stares at me from my desk. Already in Belgium await other boxes with the best of the rest; fi'zi:k for the cockpit, Chris King to make the steering sing, and cages from their namesake, beautiful bits of bent titanium.

The artisan’s hand of Diel now awaits the numbers game, before he lets any tube join another. All part of the process. The waiting is turning out to be an unexpected pleasure, but April still can’t come soon enough.

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  1. @brett

    @brett

    @Barracuda

    @brett

    Wheel of choice ?

    Campagnolo. Which ones, well not sure just yet, but I’ll definitely be rolling on something Italian.

    There are also some really nice handbuilt options here in Welly from my mate Tristan at Wheelworks… check out Cycling Tips’ impressions of his fine work here… he’s also built some sweet, fat mtb hoops for us at Spoke…

    Yes, I have been on the Wheelworks case for a while. Even gone to the next step of sending emails and corresponded with Tristan re a set of 34’s with white ind hubs and twin red spokes at the valve to match SST paint.

    Sadly, a busted oven, then hotplates, then fridge all within a fortnight screwed that little plan up.

    But will be back in contact with him hopefully 2015

  2. How cool is it that Roy Orbison was there on the same day checking out Eddy’s new bike as well. Must of been pre dark shades though.

  3. @Barracuda

    How cool is it that Roy Orbison was there on the same day checking out Eddy’s new bike as well. Must have been pre dark shades though.

    Fixed your post.

  4. @brett

    @Barracuda

    How cool is it that Roy Orbison was there on the same day checking out Eddy’s new bike as well. Must have been pre dark shades though.

    Fixed your post.

    I see what you did there, clever.

    In other news, Love your new bike !

  5. Very … Very good choice. It is amazing that as a modern cyclist you try carbon bikes of this or that company .. but in the end when you have settled in your mind that this is gonna actually be the “last Bike”, the forever companion, you sum up all your experience and knowledge, all the reading you have done … and you go with custom steel. When aerodynamics are out of the equation and what you ask is the joy for the ride … and the joy of looking the little custom details of a custom frame … King Steel enters the room.

    Excellent choice.

  6. I second Bianchi Denti’s (and Homer Simpson’s) sentiments: * drool *

    @Willburrox and @Kupepe: very well put.

  7. I know I’m gonna get hung out to dry for this but the pic of Eddy just reminds me of Alan Partridge.

  8. @minion mine has a similar build – Athena silver alloy gruppo, Record hubs (silver) on open pro rims, Ritchey Classic cockpit and post, white tape and saddle. It’s a neo-classic and I love it.

    Will never trade the Super Acciaio but have decided to go for the Condor Baracchi for my next N+1. NEED the carbon magic carpet :-)

  9. @eightace

    I met with my sensei this morning and have been put back on the straight and narrow. Come hell or high water I am landing the carbon frame and gruppo in Q1.

    I can then pull the rest of the package together in time for events in May / June. May have to use existing set of wheels temporarily but by end of 2015 the build will be complete.

  10. @minion

    I know I’m gonna get hung out to dry for this but the pic of Eddy just reminds me of Alan Partridge.

    I get where you’re coming from but there are two things in Eddy’s favor: He’s not a twat and has more than likely never been to Norfolk. The latter makes him a lucky, lucky man.

    However, I think it is, in fact, David Coleman bending down in front of the Prophet – that comb-over is unmistakable!

  11. @Nate

    @Rob

    @razmaspaz

    Is it Axel going through that awkward pre adolescent chubby stage? Or a sister we never have heard of because she has gone into a nunnery due to the fact that women can not race the tour?

    There is another Merckx. Axel has a sister.

    Ha! Fuck’in KILLED me, Mate! Totally read it in Yoda’s voice. Thanks for that!

  12. @Barracuda

    How cool is it that Roy Orbison was there on the same day checking out Eddy’s new bike as well. Must of been pre dark shades though.

    Holy SHIT! I did not even see his floating head there until you commented about it!

  13. @wiscot

    However, I think it is, in fact, David Coleman bending down in front of the Prophet – that comb-over is unmistakable!

    Phew, thanks for clearing that up. I was thinking it was a younger Prince Charles.

  14. @Teocalli

    @wiscot

    However, I think it is, in fact, David Coleman bending down in front of the Prophet – that comb-over is unmistakable!

    Phew, thanks for clearing that up. I was thinking it was a younger Prince Charles.

    If it was Charlie boy, he’d be in the right position – on his knees in front of REAL royalty. Either that or he’s sniffing Camilla’s saddle.

  15. @Jaegher

    @VeloVita FYI we do make cx frames. In fact every type of frame we build (Phantom, Interceptor, Ascender) can be ordered as a road, track or cx version.

    Oh I (or at least my wallet) really wish you hadn’t have said that…

  16. @Buck Rogers

    @Nate

    @Rob

    @razmaspaz

    Is it Axel going through that awkward pre adolescent chubby stage? Or a sister we never have heard of because she has gone into a nunnery due to the fact that women can not race the tour?

    There is another Merckx. Axel has a sister.

    Ha! Fuck’in KILLED me, Mate! Totally read it in Yoda’s voice. Thanks for that!

    Glad the reference came thru!

  17. @Nate

    @Buck Rogers

    @Nate

    @Rob

    @razmaspaz

    Is it Axel going through that awkward pre adolescent chubby stage? Or a sister we never have heard of because she has gone into a nunnery due to the fact that women can not race the tour?

    There is another Merckx. Axel has a sister.

    Ha! Fuck’in KILLED me, Mate! Totally read it in Yoda’s voice. Thanks for that!

    Glad the reference came thru!

    Damn I’m working too hard, I only just got that. Hangs head in shame.

  18. Our friend at Campagnolo, Joshua, just casually dropped into the converstaion that he too is building a Jaegher… I’d seen his colour choice online and almost changed my bike to it… stunner.

  19. Sorry, wrong thread. Still can’t believe no-one posted this on THIS thread. Great band, awesome song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnpILIIo9ek

  20. @wiscot You just couldn’t resist it.

  21. The link for Super Record gorgeousness takes me to Campag page where I find the text

    “There’s no room for mistakes in Triathlons and Time Trials”

    Please explain.

    Follow up questions is, Steel bike, mechanical or electronic?

  22. @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s?

  23. @brett

    Our friend at Campagnolo, Joshua, just casually dropped into the converstaion that he too is building a Jaegher… I’d seen his colour choice online and almost changed my bike to it… stunner.

    Attaching the photo might help…

  24. @piwakawaka

    @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s?

    No, see where it says I’m getting Shamal Milles? I’m getting Shamal Milles…

  25. @markpa

    The link for Super Record gorgeousness takes me to Campag page where I find the text

    “There’s no room for mistakes in Triathlons and Time Trials”

    Please explain.

    Follow up questions is, Steel bike, mechanical or electronic?

    Mechanical.

  26. @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s?

    No, see where it says I’m getting Shamal Milles? I’m getting Shamal Milles…

    The only Campy that I really, really want…but it would be so, so wrong.

  27. @brett

    @brett

    Our friend at Campagnolo, Joshua, just casually dropped into the converstaion that he too is building a Jaegher… I’d seen his colour choice online and almost changed my bike to it… stunner.

    Attaching the photo might help…

    STOP IT !

    Yep, that works

  28. @markpa

    The link for Super Record gorgeousness takes me to Campag page where I find the text

    “There’s no room for mistakes in Triathlons and Time Trials”

    Please explain.

    Follow up questions is, Steel bike, mechanical or electronic?

    Mech. Absolutely. And this is coming from a guy with Di2 on two bikes and loves it. When I build up a modern steel framed bike it will be mechanical. Aesthetic reasons. Steel frame bikes have the classic look. Little servo motors, junction boxes, and skinny wires? Not particularly classic. My opinion.

    Honestly, I suspect that asking that question here is kinda like asking, Wheels? Round or square?

  29. @piwakawaka

    @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s?

    No, see where it says I’m getting Shamal Milles? I’m getting Shamal Milles…

    The only Campy that I really, really want…but it would be so, so wrong.

    But so, so right… (just requires changing the rest of your groupset. Easy.)

  30. @Barracuda

    @brett

    @brett

    Our friend at Campagnolo, Joshua, just casually dropped into the converstaion that he too is building a Jaegher… I’d seen his colour choice online and almost changed my bike to it… stunner.

    Attaching the photo might help…

    STOP IT !

    Yep, that works

    nah, it’d clash with the orange in the V-kitte

  31. @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s?

    No, see where it says I’m getting Shamal Milles? I’m getting Shamal Milles…

    The only Campy that I really, really want…but it would be so, so wrong.

    But so, so right… (just requires changing the rest of your groupset. Easy.)

    well after this happened,

    might have a look at the Italian gear, hell only had 8500km on the block, snapped like a spoke up Ironside road not so ‘dura’ – ace. Still have a brand spanking new one for racing on the weekend.

  32. @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s?

    No, see where it says I’m getting Shamal Milles? I’m getting Shamal Milles…

    Fuck yeah. That grey finish? Not only does is look good – but if it’s anythink like similar treated braking surfaces (HED’s new Black Series, Mavic’s Exalith) it’s going to brake amazing in any weather. I’ve ridden Exalith wheels and they’re mind-blowingly good.

  33. @piwakawaka

    @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s?

    No, see where it says I’m getting Shamal Milles? I’m getting Shamal Milles…

    The only Campy that I really, really want…but it would be so, so wrong.

    Campagnolo hears ya, that’s why they made Fulcrum. The Shamal Mille is also sold under the Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite label.

  34. @brett

    @brett

    Our friend at Campagnolo, Joshua, just casually dropped into the converstaion that he too is building a Jaegher… I’d seen his colour choice online and almost changed my bike to it… stunner.

    Attaching the photo might help…

    As they say, no accounting for taste and each to their own but I HATE that fucking seat tube.

    I love yours soooo, so much more (esp if you went Full Orange-tard on the forks!)!!!

  35. @unversio

    @wiscot You just couldn’t resist it.

    Nope. As soon as I saw the title of the piece I heard Johnny Marr”s shimmering guitar in my head!

  36. You know what, that checkered seat tube makes me think of fuckin Jonathon Vaughters in his dumbass argyle shit and hipster glasses. Fugly motherfucker.

    (not that I have a strong opinion about it or anything)

  37. @Buck Rogers

    You know what, that checkered seat tube makes me think of fuckin Jonathon Vaughters in his dumbass argyle shit and hipster glasses. Fugly motherfucker.

    (not that I have a strong opinion about it or anything)

    I was thinking more the base colour with orange instead of red. And without the seat tube details. I still think it looks great though, but my colour is staying grey/V.

  38. The latest bit of Jaegher porn almost has me reconsidering my paint choice! Holy Toledo that’s nice…

  39. @piwakawaka

    @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s?

    No, see where it says I’m getting Shamal Milles? I’m getting Shamal Milles…

    The only Campy that I really, really want…but it would be so, so wrong.

    But so, so right… (just requires changing the rest of your groupset. Easy.)

    well after this happened,

    might have a look at the Italian gear, hell only had 8500km on the block, snapped like a spoke up Ironside road not so ‘dura’ – ace. Still have a brand spanking new one for racing on the weekend.

    Seems you’re not the only one with DuraAce cassette issues…

  40. @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s?

    No, see where it says I’m getting Shamal Milles? I’m getting Shamal Milles…

    The only Campy that I really, really want…but it would be so, so wrong.

    But so, so right… (just requires changing the rest of your groupset. Easy.)

    well after this happened,

    might have a look at the Italian gear, hell only had 8500km on the block, snapped like a spoke up Ironside road not so ‘dura’ – ace. Still have a brand spanking new one for racing on the weekend.

    Seems you’re not the only one with DuraAce cassette issues…

    To my eye that looks like a cassette that was well worn past replacement anyway?

  41. @Teocalli

    @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett

    @piwakawaka

    @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s?

    No, see where it says I’m getting Shamal Milles? I’m getting Shamal Milles…

    The only Campy that I really, really want…but it would be so, so wrong.

    But so, so right… (just requires changing the rest of your groupset. Easy.)

    well after this happened,

    might have a look at the Italian gear, hell only had 8500km on the block, snapped like a spoke up Ironside road not so ‘dura’ – ace. Still have a brand spanking new one for racing on the weekend.

    Seems you’re not the only one with DuraAce cassette issues…

    To my eye that looks like a cassette that was well worn past replacement anyway?

    Don’t know about Pippo’s but mine had 8500km on it, 1 year old and 1 week over warranty…

  42. @brett

    The latest bit of Jaegher porn almost has me reconsidering my paint choice! Holy Toledo that’s nice…

    Oh FUCK me gently with a chainsaw that is FUCK’IN gorgeous!!!

  43. @brett

    The latest bit of Jaegher porn almost has me reconsidering my paint choice! Holy Toledo that’s nice…

    Nah, stick with yours. Those gunmetal and titanium colours are a bit dull – doesn’t do it for me.

  44. @piwakawaka that’s the kind of built-in obsolescence that apple could only dream about!

  45. @ChrisO

    @brett

    The latest bit of Jaegher porn almost has me reconsidering my paint choice! Holy Toledo that’s nice…

    Nah, stick with yours. Those gunmetal and titanium colours are a bit dull – doesn’t do it for me.

    I’m sticking with my choice, but I do like that colour…

  46. More eye sex.

  47. @brett

    More eye sex.

    I hope that you are getting kickbacks for this shit!!! God DAMN! If I start saving now, maybe by next Christmas ….

  48. Is there ever really ‘the one bike’? I think not. There will always be something more to capture the mind. That said… Nice choice!

  49. @brett I know a guy that can fix ya up some hoops for that baby! Gorgeous!

  50. @brett

    Dammit, I’m starting to sympathise with how impatient you must have been feeling.

    Waiting to get the green light from the insurers to go about replacing my crash damaged R3…3 weeks without any decent riding & the likelyhood of a tasty new R5 has me on the verge of a meltdown!

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