Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I've always wanted an FBM Night Train. I was very close to buying one when they first came out, early in the decade, but circumstances dictated otherwise and it never happened. Sean Newton worked some magic and I am now the proud owner of a seven pound baby Night Train. I wanted to make the build special and I'm happy with how it came out. The Night Train has 3/8 dropouts so that presented a bit of a problem. A little hustling on my part and some bartering with Matt at Profile and I have a 13T, super-dialed cassette hub. If you saw the grinding pic a week or so ago, I was just cleaning the dropouts up a bit. Other key components are a 39T FBM race sprocket that Crandall gave me a few years ago. I shit you not, he was naked in a hotel room bed with a bunch of dudes around, casually talking, when he gave it to me. The bars are early FBM Apehangers in chrome, also a gift from Crandall on an awesome trip a couple years ago. The stem is an S&M Redneck that I did some handywork on and the forks are some insanely heavy Odyssey forks I've had for a long time. This bike is really heavy by today's standards. Even with the light wheels, this thing is an easy 30+. I rode Birdland with it today, for the first time since getting sick (and my subsequent muscle issues) and despite being a little sluggish when I tried to whip it around, it rode great. Low BB, semi-long rear end and mellower angles than a modern ride, but still very much a legit bike. I'll ride it more. The monster Cheng Shin on the front was great in the moist dirt of fall.
I want to say thank you to Sean for getting this bike for me. I have serious FBM pride and this bike makes me proud. I heart my bicycle.