Sometimes I sell a bike, and I have a hard time getting started on building it. This was one of those bikes. First, I put it off in order to go to Fruita. Then, I was tired from the Fruita trip, all week, and I managed to never start the build until yesterday, even though I planned to every night last week.
Plus, I knew it was going to be a challenging build. The Voyager II frameset is a mountain bike frameset, even though it harkens back to the curvy cruisers of old. It lacked the upper mounting point for the rear fender; the clearance between the seatstays was tight; I was working in a budget that precluded fixing problems with fit by buying different parts; I had to make what I had work. That always adds up to extra time and effort on a bike build.
But, I always enjoy these builds and I am always proud of the results.
I spent a total of about 7 hours working on the bike. I ended up buying a new saddle for it, because I just didn't like the looks of what I had in the shop. Luckily, the Easy Rider
cruiser seat was on sale, today.
I think it turned out sweet, though; well worth the effort of building it. The bike has a cool mix of old (block pedals, 1960's cruiser bars, 6-speed alloy mountain wheels, 6-speed thumb shifters) and new (saddle, seat post, tires, Wald fenders, v-brakes and levers) that really appeals to the hot-rodder in me.
I don't think that the bike is intended as a Mother's Day gift (it was built for a work-buddy's wife) but, since I finished it today, I think of it as the "Mother's Day Cruiser".