The CrossChunk...

…was one of the first gifts my wife (girlfriend at the time!) gave me for Christmas. It was early December and both of us were seriously considering racing ‘cross. I had put off buying another bike after I sold my Redline Conquest, a boat anchor of a bike more intended for commuting than racing. I would always say, “I’d rather go mountain biking!” when the truth was I didn’t have the extra dough for a complete bike. When Meghan dragged the box in the house, I knew what she’d done. Little did I know, she had convinced Mike B to gift me with the drivetrain from his Project One Madone! Within a week I had a race bike.

Since that time this bike has served duty as a commuter, gravel racer, road bike and mountain bike. The drivetrain has went from Campy 10 to Shimano 11 to singlespeed….and back and forth, to and fro many, many times. I’ve crashed it plenty….and yet it’s still straight.

But it wasn’t clean. The paint began bubbling up a few years back and I have bounced around ideas for years about painting it. The problem with painting (for me) is stripping off the old paint. Back in the 90’s and early 2000’s I owned a small custom paint shop. My LEAST favorite task was sanding. My shoulders still ache when I think about it. Yet….I found myself stripping the CxChunk a couple of weeks back. I’m not sure how many hours I have in getting all the old black enamel off…

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What’s next? Primer. More sanding….then likely more primer. I’m still undecided on a paint scheme but that will depend on what’s available too. Given I am confined to the front driveway in Arizona’s 100+ degree heat (and dust!), I’ll have to plan accordingly….so spray bombs? Likely.

The rest of the drivetrain? It’s going back singlespeed. The Ultegra drivetrain that has been on it for the last few months is going to another project. I’ll swap on the 44 tooth chainring-equipped crankset, space out an 18 tooth cog on the Don Young-built DT/Velocity wheels (….wheels I bought in 2010 when a friend of a friend was selling off a ton of randonneuring gear!) The brakes are the same linear pull TRP’s I used when ‘cross was coming in 2015. The rest is random misfit parts from other teardowns.

More later.