This bike project I have been looking forward to for a long time. I have been a mountain biker for over twenty years and there was a time when the ATB was the only bike I owned. As time went by and being the ever curious person I am I branched off into road riding and the recumbent world. About seven years ago I got caught up in the Lance Armstrong/ Tour De France craze and decided I needed a road racing bike. I bought the Lemond at my local bike shop and have enjoyed riding the skinny tires ever since. One of the first upgrades I performed on the Lemond was to replace the heavy stock crankset and it's stamped steel chainrings with a Shimano Ultegra triple crank. Other than a new set of wheels I picked up from a riding buddy that he couldn't use the rest of the Lemond's componentry was good enough for my sporty recreational rides. My long term goal was to eventually upgrade the aluminum frame to something a bit more comfortable like titanium and just remove and reinstall my existing components from the old frame to the new.
Yesterday the UPS man dropped off this shiny 48 cm Motobecane road bike frame at my front door. After taking some pictures I could not contain my excitement any longer and succumbed to the urge to begin the build up. My first task was to install the splined bottom bracket and crankset from the Lemond. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the bottom bracket broke free from the shell with minimal effort.