I put this bicycle together at an awesome bike shop which no longer exists; The Bicycle Works in San Anselmo CA. With the help of the owner Jelani and his assistant Brett. La Bomba Diggidad is a "Frankenbike" which means it's composed mainly of second-hand bicycle parts. I rode this bike from Marin County, California to Coto Brus, Costa Rica in just over a year and a half.
La Bomba Diggidad Components:
Frame - Aluminum Specialized (USED/ my "uncle," Richard Howard-Gibbons, bought it on the side of the road for me.) Cost: $50
Front Fork - (USED) Yuba Cargo bike fork Cost: Volunteer hours at The Bicycle Works
Headset: Velo Orange "Grand Cru" - (NEW)Cost: $48 (with membership discount at Bicycle Works)
Bottom Bracket: #1 - Velo Orange (NEW)Cost: $30 (with discount at bicycle works)#2 - Unknown ModelCost: $150 pesos (In Ejutla De Crespo, Oaxaca @ Motocyclista & Bicicleta Taller)#3 - Shimano 68mm, Bought @ La Embajada Mexicana de la Bicicleta, Playa Del Carmen, MexicoCost: $350 pesos
Crank Arms & Chain Ring: (USED) Raceface ForgedCost: Volunteer hours at Bicycle Works
Cassette: (USED) Shimano unknown modelCost: Volunteer hours at Bicycle Works
Pedals: #1 (USED) Unknown BrandCost: Volunteer hours at Bicycle Works *Bearings went bad*#2 (NEW) Taiwanese brand. Bought at the central market in Antigua Guatemala for roughly $7 *Pedal disassembled#3 (NEW) Unknown Brand, Cost: $100 Nicaragua Cordobas ($4 USD) @ Central Market of Masaya, Nicaragua#4 (NEW) Taiwanese Brand, Cost $5000 Costa Rican Colones ($10 USD) @ Ciclo Taller Duan, Cobano Costa Rica
Front Gear Shifter: (USED) Shimano XT - 3 gearsCost: Volunteer hours at Bicycle Works
Rear Gear Shifter: (USED) Shimano Alivio - 8 gearsCost: Volunteer hours at Bicycle Works
Rear Derailleur: #1 (USED) Shimano Deore STXCost: Volunteer hours at Bicycle Works#2 (NEW) Shimano AlivioCost: $20,000 Costa Rican Colones($30USD) at Ciclo Taller Duan, Cobano Costa Rica
Front Derailleur: (USED) Shimano Deore XTCost: Volunteer hours at Bicycle Works
Handle Bars: (USED) Lifted bars with multiple hand positions unknown brand.Cost: Volunteer hours at Bicycle Works
Grip tape: #1 - Fi'Zi:KCost:$20#2 - Used inner tubesCost: $0 (got the idea and put it on at La Embajada Mexicana de La Bicicleta, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico)
Brake Levers: (USED) AvidCost: Volunteer hours at Bicycle Works
Brakes Calipers: (USED) Shimano V-Brakes unknown modelCost: Volunteer hours at Bicycle Works
Brake Pads: $4 generic brand pads
Front Wheel: (BASICALLY NEW) Shimano Deore 26 inchCost: Gifted to me by Jelani's girlfriend @ The Bicycle Works, Fairfax, California
Rear Wheel: #1) (USED) Shimano Deore 26 inchCost: Given to me by my uncle Richard.
#2) Sun Disk ($35 @ Bike shop in Paso Canoas, Panama/CR Border)
Front Tire: #1 Kenda Komfort (BASICALLY NEW)Cost: Came with the wheel#2 Panasonic TireCost: $0 Gifted to me by my bike compadre Ben Fehlen.(Came with his Gary Fisher bike)#3 Schwalbe Marathon MTBCost: $0 gifted to me by my father
Rear Tire: #1 Kenda TireCost:$25 (@ The Bicycle Works)#2 Geax TattooCost: $350 pesos (@ big bike store in Guadalajara, Jalisco)#3 SakuraCost: $10 (@ Bike shop in Santa Tecla, El Salvador)#4 Schwalbe Marathon MTBCost: $0 gifted to me by my father
Front Rack: Jandd Mountaineering (NEW)Cost: Roughly $170 (with member discount at Bicycle Works)
Rear Rack: Topeak Explorer 29er (NEW)Cost: $60 (@ Trips for Kids, San Raphael, CA)
Front Panniers: (USED) Unkown BrandCost:$25 each (@ Trips for Kids, San Raphael, CA)
Rear Panniers: Converted Kirkland Laundry BucketsCost: $0 Given to me by my uncle Richard. One of them is on its third life. Once as a Kirland Laundry Bucket, twice as Richard's compost bucket at work, and three times now as a cross continental bicycle pannier! (Installation Instructions: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=1841)
EX - Bike Computer: Planet Bike "Protege 5.0"Cost: Gifted to me by Brett from the Bicycle Works the morning I left Marin County, CA. *Suffered severe rain damage in Chiapas, Mexico*
TOTAL COST: Roughly $600 USD up to date, plus hours of volunteer work at The Bicycle Works.
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