The Ocean Air Cycles Rambler arrived Thursday afternoon, and I finally had a chance to start on the build. I thought I might have everything I need to at least get it rolling, but recognized the possibility that some of my parts might not work as well as anticipated. It didn’t take long for things to go awry.
The first thing I tried to do didn’t work. My bottom bracket tool is missing. It could be in several logical places that my parts or tools usually end up, but it isn’t in any one of them. No idea. I was able to thread the bottom bracket in most of the way by hand (thanks to Rob’s wonderful frame prep), but I’ll need to go buy another tool before I install cranks.
The next thing I tried took two attempts. I found my old SON dyno hub front wheel, and added a new tube and tire. Within minutes, the tube “sprung a leak” near the reinforced area around the valve stem. Weird. So I removed the offending tube (to be hopefully patched later) and tried another. Holding for now.
Thirdly, my lack of attention to detail bit me hard. The rear wheel that I had assumed was 650b is actually 700c. That doesn’t work at all, but I had a back-up plan. Since my Hilsen came home from my last S24O with two flats (another story for another day), I figured I’d borrow its rear wheel for the Rambler build and get another wheel for the Hilsen later. But that didn’t work either.
As I started cleaning the layers of Texas gravel dust and C&O Trail mud off (the Rambler should at least start reasonably clean, right?), a crack at one of the eyelets became evident. Amazing. I’m only moments into a new build, and have already discovered I need two new rear wheels.
I tried to remain calm. Determined to show some progress, I found my seatpost and new Brooks Cambium saddle, and installed them successfully. Even I could get that right. The new stem, cable hanger, and parts bin bars went on to the fork steerer tube to allow for a semi-mock-up look-see. Just enough done to remind me of my limitations and fuel the anticipation fire simultaneously. It wasn’t a great start.