Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Chapter Two – Almost Finished

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Almost complete.

This is the third installment of posts about putting together a touring bike starting with a bare frame. The others can be found under “Rivendell Bicycles

The new 127 mm spindle length bottom bracket from IRD works perfectly with the IRD crankset, and the rest of the build went smoothly.
Here’s a short rundown of the parts we used:
Wheelset; Shimano LX hubs laced with 32 spokes to Velocity Dyad 650b rims. (Velocity and Mavic are the only two brands to consider for rims when buying or building wheels)

Tires; Panaracer Nifty Swifty 650b

Shifters and Derailleurs; Shimano 8 speed bar end shifters operating Shimano Tiagra derailleurs. I really like the Tiagra level derailleurs. Even though they are not on the high end of the Shimano line, they work well and look good and they are made without a lot of plastic pieces.

Drivetrain; IRD Defiant triple crankset with 48, 36 and 24 tooth rings. Sram 8 speed cassette 11,12,14,16,18,21,24 and 28 tooth cogs. Sram 8 speed chain. Shimano PD-A530 dual sided pedals.

Cockpit; Nitto Grand Randonneur handlebars, Nitto Technomic Deluxe stem with shim, Tektro/Soma short reach brake levers, Shimano Ultegra seat post with the Gilles Berthoud Aspin/Marie Blanc saddle

Brakes; IRD Cafam cantilevers with Yokozuna Scott/Matthauser pads.

photo front brake calipers

The IRD Cafam brake calipers

photo of crankset and rear derailleur


I used grey housing on all the cables to give a little bit of a custom look. I will wrap the handlebars after Karen has had a chance to ride the bike a few times and decides if the brake lever and handle bar positions are OK. Stainless steel water bottle cages by King Cage, fenders (probably SKS) will finish the bike, except for whatever racks and bags she uses for touring.

2 comments… add one
  • Herbert Harris January 11, 2016, 10:13 pm

    Question: I’m looking at purchasing these cranks for a vintage build with 126 rear spacing and fairly tight chain stay spacing . What is your chainline to the middle ring with the 127 spindle? The IRD website doesn’t provide much info in that regards. I was thinking 118 would work, but looking at the photo of your bike (which appears to be a standard road bike frame with 130 rear spacing) that may be too short.


    • Bike Hermit® January 18, 2016, 5:41 pm

      I didn’t keep track of the chain line for that build….sorry. The bike is a Rivendell however and I’m pretty sure the rear is 135mm.


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