My New Metropolitan

Last Wednesday was a big day as Bicycle Revolutions, our BRevs/ Affinity frames arrived! Thanks to Wilis who drove them down from Affinity as Jason's head was about to pop off.

A special collaboration 9 months in the making, our bastard lovechild. I was very excited to get mine on the road, the anticipation has been killing me. I was up with the sun on Thursday morning, unable to sleep I headed in to the shop to make it happen.

So Here we go...

A few months ago I scored this lovely Campy Tool kit on "the bay" and have been waiting for a special occasion to bust it out. This was the moment I had been waiting for. Just holding the tools in my hand brings me back to my first summer in a shop many years ago. The smell of the old wooden case and cutting oil are unmistakable.

Nothing more important than prepping your new frame to accept all of the goodies you have chosen to build it with. Getting the head tube reamed and faced here for my Chris King No Thread set, which will hopefully soon be replaced by my Superbe Pro threaded head set when I can get that steerer tube threaded. (that's another story for another time, eh Jason)

Time for bottom bracket shell facing, have to make them nice and clean for the lovely Superbe Pro open spindle bottom bracket going in there.

Getting that fixed cup securely anchored, the Campy tools are just amazing. Every detail just so well designed and finished.

King head set installed with the Velo Orange threadless stem, it will do for now...

Superbe Pro Bottom Bracket installed and adjusted, ready for some cranks.

I have been waiting to build these wheels for YEARS! Once upon a time I was building lots of Superbe Pro hubs to either Mavic CXP 30 or CXP 12 rims for many of my fellow Philly messengers. I have been saving these rims for over a decade, and these are the cleanest pair of used Suntour hubs I have found in a long time.

All laced up and ready to be tensioned and trued.

Wheel finished, 165mm Superbe Pro Cranks installed. 47 tooth Superbe Pro ring, 17 tooth Superbe Pro cog, Izumi ESH chain. I didn't have the original Suntour chain ring bolts, so I dug up some Campy bolts, those will do just fine.

I managed to score these Superbe Pro pedals NOS NIB! I finished them off with some leather wrapped MKS clips and WHITE laminated Campy leather straps.

That is a Suntour Superbe Pro seat post, two bolt micro adjustable. And a vintage Selle Italia white Flite saddle I have been saving for at least 6 years.

I finished it up with some lime green Newbaum cloth handle bar tape, and some Panaracer Pasela white 700x28 tires. This is like riding pure BUTTER! I managed to get her out for 40 miles this Sunday in 90f and loved every second of it.

I really think Affinity hit the nail on the head with this frame, it is a modern classic. Thanks to Jason for conning me into this project. As you may or may not know, the last thing I need is another new track bike. But this one is a keeper.

You can check out more info about it HERE, and more pics on the shop FLICKR.