I Have A Dream.....And A Plan To Go With It.

Feb 4, 2008 at 15:04
by Jack Black  
My dream is actually pretty simple if you think about it. Get off crutches, get a job, get my dream bike, ditch this country I call home and head out to B.C.

The first part of my dream is somewhat in progress. For me to get off crutches, I need to first find out what is wrong with my knee. I have had, so far for this injury, one X-ray, one MRI, and about two hours ago, I had my first CT scan. I go back to the doctor in two weeks and will hopefully (cross fingers here) find out what this mystery injury is. If I do find out exactly what it is, then I can continue physical therapy and heal up.

Once I am off crutches, my available job list grows exponentially. I happen to live in a town that is filled with nothing but restaurants, hotels for rich people, bars, and one ski resort. (No, they don't offer DH and yes, I know it's BS.) That ski resort is in the process of greatly increasing my chances of getting a job by building one of the biggest hotels in the state and also making it one of the most expensive. It has a big underground parking garage, but the guests are not allowed to drive their own cars into it. because of that, I'm thinking one of my potential jobs could be a valet. Not only would I get paid for that job, but I would get tips and the state doesn't recognize a valet as a job that receives tips so I would still have to get at least minimum wage. The other potential job there would be a bell boy. (Bell attendant if you want to be politically correct.) I wouldn't mind that job either because, again, I would get tips and I have no problem with pushing old ladies crap through a hall and up an elevator.

Now here comes the part you guys all want, the bike. First off, I will get a Commencal DH Supreme frame and swap the stock Marzocchi Roco for a Cane Creek Double Barrel which would soon get a Ti spring.


For a fork, I would get a White Brothers Groove Race for it's simplicity, price, and weight.


Next up is a headset. Chris King is a must on a build of this kind so a NoThreadSet gets hooked up.


You can't have a bicycle without wheels, so an I9 DH wheelset will get thrown on.


Once you have wheels, you want tires. I'm personally not a fan of Maxxis Minions, (You know you thought I would say that's what i'm getting.) so I will hook up a set of Schwalbe Fat Albert's.


Once you have wheels and tires, you can roll, but can you stop? That's where the brakes come in. For the front, I will get an Avid Code with a 203mm rotor and for the rear, I will get an Avid Juicy Ultimate with a 185mm rotor.


Those brakes would be getting some Straightline levers to aid in finger fatigue and a small amount for the bling factor.


Next up is a way to hold on. Bars and a stem are needed to, well, live. A Thompson DH stem and Monkey light carbon DH bars will be bolted on.


Handle bars are where you put your hands but grips are what you hold on to. My preference is a set of Oury Lock-on's.


By now, the bike is almost complete. There are only a few things left, but you need to put your feet somewhere. For pedals, I will get a pair of Syncros Mental's. I abuse my pedals so the stainless steel ones get the choice.


Pedals have to be attached to something and I have a gut feeling duck taping them to the BB wouldn't quite work out. A set of Gravity Light's will fill the bill.


Next up would be a derailleur. Because this is a dream build, a cheap $10 POS doesn't cut it. A brand spankin' new Shimano XT Shadow will be bolted on.


The derailleur does nothing if it has nothing to shift on. Just for the hell of it, an XTR cassette would also make the cut.


To attach the chainring to the cassette, you need a chain. Nothing special going on here, but so far, I have included a picture of everything so why not the chain too?


I'm a trigger happy person so an XTR trigger shifter gets mounted next to my trigger finger.


For those lift line waits, it's nice to have a seat. So far this bike is damn near nothing but the best so a Thompson Masterpeice seatpost would get slid down the right tube.


That post has to be held in there somehow and that's where Salsa comes in. No, I'm not going to cover it with salsa and wait for it to crust up. It's getting a brand new Salsa Cycles Lip-Lock.


A seat post up the behind is not my idea of an anywhere near comfortable seat (If it is yours, we all accept that and think no less of you.) so a Selle Italia SLR gets the pick. It might not be very comfortable, but I'm not on it long.


For a chain guide, a Gamut P30 will be selected.


That's everything other than the small things like cables. Now you have seen my future dream build and now I will tell you my plan to get the hell out of here.

I am going to have to wait until I graduate high school but once I do, that summer, I'm going out west to the B.C. area. I will get an apartment that probably will have a roommate to keep the rent down and I will get a job there. That job will hopefully be in a bike shop but, as you have already seen, hotels are not out of the question. I will work when I need to and ride with every spare moment of time. I don't need a car, that's what a cheap fixie is for, and I only need enough money for food, rent, and bike parts. A bar budget will quickly be worked into that, but I'll figure that out when I'm there. If you actually read all the way through this, you are on your way to my level of boredom. If not, did you like my dream bike? And just like that, this blog started with a dream and is ending with one too. M.L.K. Jr. had a dream and he realized it. I have a dream, and I will realize it even if it kills me.

There is a message in this story that is mostly just a list of my dream parts. That message is to all the people who can't just go buy the most expensive bike on the market, or think they will have bad bikes forever because of their situation, whatever it may be. That message, is that if you want something bad enough, and have the determination to work to get it, you will get it. If you are a person that lacks determination but still wants the best bike they can think of, you just need to realize that determination comes easy when you have a passion. For me, that passion is biking. I hope it is for you too. It doesn't matter if it's a 50 mile road ride, a 10 mile XC climb, or an all day Downhill fest, as long as I'm on a bike, I'm happy. I may not have my dream bike yet, but when I get it, you will be informed in one way or another. If it takes me showing you that it is possible for everyone to realize their dream, that is what will happen. I promise you all, you will have an example by the year 2011. That may sound like a while away, but a goal is a goal, it doesn't matter how long that goal may take.

-PedalupBombdown


89 Comments

  • 38 1
 Hey, man. You got my support. You're no idiot, you set your mind to this, and it'll happen. Good luck on the healing end, and I hope you enjoy your dream bike once you get it.
  • 4 0
 Best of luck to you. With such a long time to reach your goal and acquire components it will be interesting to see what you actually use. Those dream parts will most likely be easy to get for cheap in a couple years, that is if you still want em. You should probably go to college before you start working for minimum wage trying to make ends meet, but I guess there are a few successful people out there with no post secondary schooling. It's gonna take a lot of hard work and skill, if you're lucky you'll get sponsored. Good Luck!
  • 1 0
 by the time i can build this, there will probably be better parts out that i might use instead. this build is what i would get if i won the lottery tomorrow so nothing is set in stone. thanks for the support.
  • 3 0
 I think its firstly more important to go to college, you'll have all that great stuff soon enough believe me. It's not going to be as easy as you think, you'll be barely make it by with minimum wage and you should get private health insurance.
  • 1 0
 i know it won't be easy but all i'm going to have to pay for is food, housing, health insurance, clothing, things like soap, electrical and water bills, and bike parts. i don't need a car or any fancy TV's or even a TV in general. i'm fine with living a less lavish lifestyle to get the things i really want or need and not just buy every little thing because it looks cool. i can also cook so i won't have to pay for takeout very often either. thanks for the support though.
  • 3 0
 It's always nice to have dreams, the world loves the taste of really sweet dreams. While everyone bags on the Groove race because it's different, I have a better reason: oddball things are hard to find parts for. I had a Foes F1 XL fork a few years back and everything had to come factory direct. It was the best fork I've ever had but it wasn't worth the hassle. I have an '02 boxxer on my V10 and a Travis on My GBR224. Easy to fix. A coworker of mine has to order drive belts for his sled from the states because the local dealer of that brand won't even stock a belt for that sled since there are only a few of those models in the area. That's why I ride ski-doo. Be prepared for things like that. Oddball parts are often expensive when you do find them. The farther off the beaten track you get, the more downtime and cost you can expect, which I wouldn't want for you. Good luck with your knee, keep your chin up. But most of all, keep your options open. You may find a good deal on a boxxer or fox 40 or any number of other things that changes your mind. Neither of my current dh bikes are perfect in my mind, but they get the job done. Rock on.
  • 3 0
 I love your story and you have great writing style. Maybe you should get into journalism for a biking magazine. I lived the dream in 05 for all whole summer season in Whistler. Since then I go back once every year.
  • 1 0
 i might eventually get into bike jounalism but for now i just want to ride and work on bikes. writing is not my favorite thing to do. infact, i only worte this because i was REALLY bored. (no, really, really, really bored.)
  • 0 0
 wounded123's right, that's no BS. Let me know when she's built up!
  • 2 0
 you know what you want to get and what you want to do, with such an approach you'll succeed, I'm sure. the bike you're planning to build is not exactly made of parts I'd go with, but that's your choice and it's not bad tho. good luck and wish it me too cause this season may have a great influence on my whole later riding, mean competing
  • 2 0
 hey bro, nice! really nice! I did kinda the same thing a couple of years ago... I worked 3 years and sold all my stuffs in Brazil and moved all the way here to Canada just to ride my bike. Couldn't be ANY happier! I'm sure you'll reach your goal, and will get and gr8 story to tell! Good luck!
  • 1 0
 thanks, i hadn't even thought about the eventual story to tell.
  • 2 0
 I don't now if his point was to tell him waht parts he shold go with or whatever. I like some of them, not all of them. But its his dream bike. I think it will be kick ass. Nice plan, and yeah don't forget about the bar money. And buy a good lock for that back so no one steals it, or if your so drunk from the bar money that you shouldent ride a bike it will prevent you from figuring out why it is stuck to a pole. Good Luck
  • 1 0
 the bar runs are what the cheap fixie is for but drunken fixieing is not that easy....trust me.
  • 2 0
 Good luck with the knee bro,and as far as the bike,sounds pretty sick, and build the bike the way you want it,to everyone here sayin,swap this,swap that,a suggestion is one thing,an order is another,just let him build his bike,not yours, nothin but luck for ya man.
  • 2 0
 Awsome story hope everything works out for ya! I ride a commencal supreme DH, and you ve made the right choice! you might want to consider going with sram for your drivetrain thats what ive got on mine and couldnt possibly be any better
  • 2 0
 everything looks amazin, eccept 4 the forks, iv heard some really bad things about them, id go 4 boxxer wc's or fox 40's, their all a similar price to the white bro's., but thts just down to personal preference.
  • 1 0
 There's a reveiw of the forks here on PB and it says they are just as good once you get them set up right. also, the White Bros is just under $1000 US retail and both the boxxer and 40 are over $1500 US. thanks for the input but i'll stick with the groove.
  • 1 0
 The groove is a very well thought out fork. Everything serves a purpose, and there is no extra this and extra that.. the fork is perfect the way it is. Even the bolts are hollowed out to save a couple grams here and there.. however, it is after all a race fork, so as long as it is not neglected, there shouldn't be any problems.
  • 1 0
 lol... people think just because the top riders arent using their products they arent good. Canfield runs all white brothers, and look at the rep they have. The whole fact is there are more companies than rock shox and fox out there. WB, risse, avalanche, foes. They all make decent forks. Depending on what type of riding you do most of them have a fork that fits. Heck even hanebrink forks arent all that bad. All the people on mtbr.com bashing them like no other. Talk to some of the riders that actually win races on real non sponsor paid bikes and they will agree other companies still are worthy competitors.
  • 1 0
 Lol, a XTR cassette? 11-32? A weak setup for DH oriented. By the Way, I just received a Supreme DH for a custumer and you gonna have to make sure that the Garmut chainguide will fit because it's kind of tight in this area. Good luck dude.
  • 0 0
 11-32 will be fine. the gearing range is a bit more AM-XC orrientated but this bike is going to be a light, nimble build so why not make it pedal-able? with all the money i'm going to have to spend on this, i won't have enough to get an XC-AM bike but will still ride it every once in a while.
  • 0 0
 oh yeah, thanks about the Gamut, i'll make sure to check the clearance.
  • 1 0
 that is an epic story, what country are u living in now? that is such an inspiring story, and like mentioned above u should go into journalism for a bike magazine, i seriously hope that this all happens for you dude!!! good luck
  • 1 0
 i'm currently stuck in Stowe, Vermont, USA and thanks for the support. i'm glad it inspired someone.
  • 2 0
 Good luck man. I know the feeling of working towards something you really want, I've worked hard for all the stuff I've really wanted, not only bikes. Hope you get better soon man and props for the determination, it's hard.
  • 5 1
 ya sherbet is right just set your mind to it and yould get that bike.
  • 0 0
 Your build looks awesome. Wait a year, buy everything used, and you will have that bike no problem. Bellman don't buy new bikes (I know because I was one). Get a shop job, and the money you will save using pro-form will offset the lower wages.
  • 0 0
 the bellman job is only to save money while i'm still in school and living with my parents. i'm able to save every penney i make from that job and with tips, it will add up about as quick as any other job i could get in this town. once i move out to BC, the shops is where i will be applying to. if i can't get a job at one of those right off, i will work two of three hotel jobs to pay the rent until i can get a job at a shop.
  • 0 0
 The frame is sick. I have a Commencal DH and love it. I would look into Sram , but that seems to be a personal thing with some riders, so I wont push it. fisik makes a killer seat, its white, I think its called forevermore, or something like that. sticky and strong. bomb proof. Knee injuries blow, I tore my ACL, took a season off and now I am stronger than ever. press on with physio.
  • 0 0
 Your on the right track, stay positive and just do it no matter what. I would suggest a nice 14-26 road cassette instead of the 32 toother. Cuts weight and has tighter gear ratios. And yes for sram no for shimano. Shimanos are not good at taking the abuse of DH, the slap your chainstay constantly and eventually break. Good Luck.
  • 1 0
 wow sick build, everone has there own dream bike, i think i might want to map mine out1!! and good luck. o and if your looking for a room mate count me in !!!!!! hahaha good luck and ride 4 life
  • 0 0
 go for your dreams and good luck. i wouldn't quite put you in the same category as MLK though, I feel that's a bit much. somehow his goals and expectations were slightly loftier, slightly more of a challenge and completely selfless to boot.

i hope everything works out or you, but at the end of the day it's just a friggin bike - hardly racial equality is it?

:-D
  • 0 0
 Great goal, I have been doing the same thing and saving every penny I got for a yeti 303r. Not quite done yet but getting close. Although I am a bit younger I share your desire for a dream bike. I have had osgood schlatter diseases in both of my patellas so my knees aren't the best but I am going to have to wait for it to heal. Hope you reach your goal a.s.a.p and judging by my brothers experience (yes he did the same thing) You will be ultra happy and you might get addicted to your bike and ride it every day then get fired,like my brother.Good luck!
  • 0 0
 well mate i have to say youve got what all mountain bikers should have, a determination to ride their bike no matter what and even if that means riding bikes that arent the best money can buy but accepting that they will get that bike someday and itll be their passion for bikes that sees them to that goal. In the mean time there just gunna enjoy slinging there leg over a bike and having fun and working towards what they want. hope the recovery has gone ok mate props to you
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the support guys, to get my current bike I had to work for 3 summers and not spend my money so I know this will happen, it's just a question of when.
  • 3 0
 commencals rock dude get the seat clamp in green to match the frame decals
  • 2 0
 i got the same dream. build my dream bike, thinking about the new legend frame from banshee, and then off to BC.
  • 0 0
 Im loving the build, except have you I would do a Cane Creek 110 headset instead of the Chris King, but thats just me. I f you havnt heard of the 110 you should check it out. It has 110 year warrenty!!!
  • 2 0
 hey man, that build sounds amazing. i wouldnt change a thing myself. good luck with your knee and your future plans
  • 1 0
 thanks for the support man.
  • 0 0
 no problem
  • 0 0
 hay man, just hang in there, I had a torn mcl 9 weeks ago and through pysio and doing what they told me, I am backk on my bike, xc, but on my bike. Be postive and work toward your goal.cheers and support
  • 0 0
 thanks for the support. i've torn my MCL twice in my left knee but this is still a mystery injury. once i go back in and get the knee brace they ordered me, i'm going to ask for a referal to another doctor and hope they can figure it out. i'm in PT right now but without knowing what is wrong, it's a little hard to fix it. oh, and it took you 9 weeks? it took me 3 to be skiing again for both of my MCL's.
  • 1 0
 www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=30260

amazing fork and works SO amazing. Gracia ran it last year i heard
  • 0 0
 looks like a sweet build, but i'd opt for a boxxer fork and seriousley go for a sram chain. i love shimano gears but their chains just reali dont cut it
  • 0 0
 everything sounds good,but "splurge" a little more on the fork,wc boxxer for sure,spend the 1500 rather than 1000,or even better find a good pair of new used ones for cheap!
  • 1 0
 i don't want a boxxer. i know they are great forks but the groove is cheaper, lighter, and less over complicated. i don't need all the adjustments the boxxer has and the groove has only the ones i need. it's got reboud and compression and is an air fork so i can easily adjust the over all stiffness. thanks for the other compliments though.
  • 2 0
 good luck dude,on the knee,job and bike! keep us informed.
  • 1 0
 Great bike and setup. I like the plan of attack, best of luck, and I hope everything works out.
  • 0 0
 thanks for the support guys. i'm waiting for a knee brace the doctor ordered to get in and they are going to see if i can walk with it. i'll let you know how it turns out.
  • 2 0
 thats amazing configuration! good parts! let's ride!!!!
  • 3 1
 good luck mate!! I hope that your dream will come true!!
  • 0 0
 Statistics are overwhelmingly in your favour. Goals, specific goals get reached. Now just keep it in yer pants and you'll get there!
  • 0 0
 Good read, nice build, i would lose the heavy ass pedals and go with sram for shifting, X9 shifter and XO derailer to keep costs in check. Best of luck.
  • 1 0
 Dude your story touched me im willing to donate my knee and or knee's to your cause. ONE LOVE, sw
  • 1 0
 thanks for the support but i don't want to take someone else's knee to make mine better. (then you can't ride) oh yeah, the subtle Bob Marley refrance is very nice.
  • 1 0
 Nice job man, I might make one of these for a dream build of my Turner DHR 2010!
  • 1 0
 why not just have two codes instead of a code and a juicy ultimate?
  • 0 1
 i'm going to go that way because i don't need the power of a code in the rear and the ultimate saves weight. the code would easily over power the tire and lead to a lot of skidding.
  • 0 0
 Beauty of a build. But save yourself a couple pounds and pick up the MAG version of the Syncros pedals!
  • 1 0
 F!CK@NG do it mate, good luck!!!
  • 0 0
 Duck Taping the pedals to the BB sounds perfectly safe, just dont stand on them! Good luck with this m8
  • 0 1
 Uhh, did you miss the Gravity lights?
  • 1 0
 i wanna hear an update on how ur doin man!
  • 1 0
 sounds sick, do you have it yet
  • 1 0
 So, how are you getting on?
  • 1 0
 Did you achieve your dream ?
  • 0 0
 sounds pretty sick but why change out the roco? they are sick!
  • 1 0
 yes, the roco's are sick and i love them but a DB is easier to adjust on the trail, has slightly better damping, and it's based of technology from Ohlins. you can't get much better.
  • 2 2
 apparentley those forks suck balls
  • 0 0
 this commençal is very good..i have one
  • 0 0
 hey man, i support you 110% hope you reach your goal bro.
  • 0 0
 i see it's been featured now, congrats!
  • 0 0
 good determination , hope u also finish your college .
  • 1 0
 salsa seat clamps ftw
  • 0 0
 Ist all I need!!!
  • 1 2
 id go with sram x9, or x0
  • 0 0
 nioce
  • 1 1
 Duuuuuuuude, good luck!
  • 3 5
 Nice...but, SHITMANO is crap. Put some SRAM on there!
  • 2 4
 Hey dude I totally agree with you shitmano suck big time, nothing works better than a X0 super sweet stuff
  • 1 3
 I agree with audeo03. SRAM. Not shimano
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