Build Diary of a Staff Member – Entry 1
As a show and tell for what happens behind the scenes for our contestants in the annual Deus Boundless Enthusiasm Bike Build Off, Tim Roodenburg from the Deus House of Simple Pleasures will be taking us through his interpretation of “making the most with the least” on the ever popular Australian “Postie” CT110.
Tim is our operations and inventory manager by day and as a fully qualified mechanic enjoys picking up a tool or two on the weekend.
It’s Bike Build Off time again, and I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to build a bike for the event, keeping in the the theme of “doing the most with the least” I was on the hunt for an iconic Aussie – “Postie” CT110.
Flicking through the depths of the Gumtree classifieds in the search for a donor bike, I stumbled across a ”Chopper” postie straight out of a Cyprus Hill film clip. Complete with ape hangers, dual exhaust and white wall tyres. Scrolling though the add I noticed that it came with two old stripped down “spares” and being the sucker for patina that I am (and the fact there was almost 2 1/2 complete bikes), I decided to do the drive up north to pick up the van load of bikes and parts.
Surely I’m capable of building at least one bike out of all this? Right?
With no real plan except to use the old rusty frame, and a very minimal budget I started to strip down the bikes and see where the journey would take me. I pulled the questionable Chinese motor out of my hell raiser “Chopper” and gave it a dust off, “meh, looks fine, she’ll be right.” Motor – check! I then pulled out the wheels, front suspension, swing arm and fuel tank, lit a candle, threw on “Insane in the brain” and laid the remainder in the trash.
One of the 1985 cobweb covered spare frames looks like it’s been sitting behind a shearing shed for 20 years and I think it’s just awesome – full of history and stories it could never tell. I’m going to leave it exactly how it is, I don’t even want to clean it.
I gave the wheels a quick clean and sand, grabbed a rattle can and painted them black, threw some Shinko 244 series dual sport tyres on – $51 each, bargain! Then while frantically searching for all the ball bearings that exploded everywhere when I pulled the front suspension out, I fitted the shiny red front end into the dusty old faded frame. Scrummaging through my years of collected random parts I found a set of rear shocks that would work a treat, luckily I found some spacers that would work too. I bought some “fast 50” style Pro Taper MX bars ($90) to give it that “off road” feel, then put the wheels on (and almost died when I was attacked by the biggest Red-Back spider I’ve ever seen, I’m ok though, thanks)
We now have a rolling chassis!