After countless hours of research, part hunting and ignoring my girlfriend; Orochimaru has finally been realized. This go around I'm proud to say that I built this bike piece by piece from the ground up. And perhaps the only thing more gratifying than educating yourself about the intricacies of each moving part is watching them work harmoniously beneath you as turn the city streets into a blur.
Another thing I learned from this endeavor (not bike related) is the importance of putting your visions/goals down on paper and setting a deadline. You've probably heard this one before but so had I and really, it works. In late September I posted the picture below on a previous blog post here and it helped me to stay on track as I inevitably started to draw inspiration from various bike porn sites. As you may know, when you immerse yourself in a project it's easy to get side-tracked or settle for something that's easier or 'good enough' at the time and for as much trouble as it has caused me to get it 'just right' when I could have taken countless different paths, in the end, it was absolutely worth it.
- Sparton frame
- Gold Velocity Deep V w/ bladed spokes (back)
- White Aerospoke (front)
- Sugino Messenger cranks 46t
- Dura Ace track cog 15t (black)
- Selle Italia Flite saddle w/ titanium rails (white perforated leather)
- Nitto Jaguar 90mm stem (black anodized)
- Chopped FUNN bars
- MKS pedals w/ Soma cages
- Gold Izumi track chain
*note: on 4/12/09 the Sparton frame in these pictures broke