Well folks, this thread will take shape over the next few months. As you may or may not have read elsewhere, I have decided to undertake the task of building a race trike for next year's and beyond HPV season.
It all started about 6 weeks ago when I found out that my former team is getting a new fairing built to put their existing chassis into. I got the idea that if I want to promote the Black Dog Racing anti-depression ideal properly, the way to do it is with my own team. So after some discussions, we agreed on a price and I bought their old fairing. I haven't got it just yet, 'cos it's still on their chassis.
The next step was to decide a chassis builder. The initial thought was to approach MR Components, who custom built the chassis currently in that fairing; however I was advised that the patterns were not kept and it would be highly expensive to have a duplicate made from scratch. The logical decision then was to approach John Taylor from Weeroona College in Bendigo who made the fairing, and has the jigs to make the chassis, 'cos he builds the school's trikes. We have an agreement and a set of specs that I want built to; nothing too radically different from his current setup. Now I just have a 3-ish month wait for it to be built.
The rest of the componentry I can get through work, although for starters I already have a set of Sachs front drum-brake hubs, and a spare on its way over from SA. Rare as hens' teeth, these things. Ordered a set of 32-hole 16" rims from Greenspeed today to lace the hubs into (105 in the back). For the rest it'll basically be a 105-spec. I have a 5500-series crank without rings spare at work; that's fine, 'cos I'm putting a 73-tooth ring on for starters, but will probably go up to an 80
-ish down the track, coupled to an 11-23 10-speed cassette. The crank itself will also get drilled down to 150mm, in order to fit in the nose of the trike.
That's the plan; stay tuned for updates & pics as it progresses.