Here's the 1998 Electra Rocket on a historic tour of downtown Lowell, Mass. After about 90-100 actual build hours over 2 months with plenty of issues its finally done! The polishing took quite a while (first bike I've ever built, or polished), but issues with the paint set me back well over a week. I ended up switching cranks, as my vintage Motobecane would not fit with its 52t chainring (frame is an MTB configuration), so I regrouped and polished the Shimano compact crank with a 46 chainring. It took 3 days to design and build 2 brackets for the rear caliper, which sits on the bike perfectly. The brakes are so effective it takes care not to lock the rear wheel! The BB7's leave plenty of adjustment for any imperfections, or misalignment that could occur in a custom set up, which is good if things don't go as planned. The custom headbage is embossed stainless steel. It was cut as a rocket, but the wrap of the wings distorts the image slightly. There are 3 metal craft beads embedded into the badge held in with epoxy. The badge is held on the bike with automotive molding tape. 1998 Electra Rocket frame (stripped, brushed, and polished by hand) Custom Rustoleum paint work (lacquer, a total nightmare!!!) Velocity Dyad rims Shimano Alfine 8 speed IGH rear hub Shimano Alfine rapidfire shifter Shimano Alfine dyno front hub Surly Singleator chain tensioner Avid BB7 disc brakes Custom rear disc caliper brackets Vintage Shimano crank(brushed and polished by hand) Wellgo platform pedals Origin 8 chainring (stripped, textured, painted, and brushed by hand) Shimano ultralight chain Shimano sealed bottom bracket Winwood Muddy carbon fork Custom rocket headbadge (embossed stainless) Origin 8 sealed headset Ritchey Pro handlebars Fyxation Urban tires (kevlar belted) Fyxation grips and bar ends Stop Flats tube protectors Gyes leather spring saddle and saddle bag Jagwire cables Harrison Specialties billet bullet LED taillights Custom taillight brackets (attached to original brake bosses) Lumotech headlamp A little blood and skin, lots of sweat, close to a few tears, and tons of swearing (I didn't throw anything this time, or at least that I can recall)! LOL Time to remodel my house, and restore my chrome Raleigh Rodeo muscle bike!