The Rock Lobster!
When a Rock Lobster pops up on Craigslist you just have to go check it out... and then bring it home?
The situation was a little bit weird. One of those moments where you’re not sure whether the bike is stolen, but you’ve got to go check it out anyway. A steel Rock Lobster with discs is a rare crustacean. If it didn’t fit, someone would want it.
The seller was located in an industrial area of town mostly populated by auto wreckers. Going here to buy a bike is very unusual. I got there and the seller was actually a pretty nice guy. Obviously a bike person but also a guy who works at an auto wrecker. He told me he frequents auctions as part of his work and keeps an eye out for unusual bikes.
I was under the impression he had hoped to keep this bike for himself, but after riding it a bit, found it was just too big. The head tube is huge! 200mm to be exact. I threw a leg over it, pedaled a few strokes, and knew it’d be good.
Of course, the nagging thought that someone else was missing this bike was ever present. I reached out to Paul at Rock Lobster and with the serial number, found out it was built in late 2013, and was able to track down the original owner, Daniel. As it turns out, Daniel had been in an accident with a car and the insurance company had paid him out for the bike.
So the auction story checks out. The guy I got the bike from had stripped it of some really nice parts, right down to the gold King headset and hubs, and a matching Salsa seat clamp. None of the original parts remain. In their place, a pair of Record 10 shift levers, a Centaur 10 RD, Mirage 9 FD, a 13-29 cassette, some 36-hole Novatec hubs laced to heavy touring rims, and a thick layer of grime and automotive grease.
So begins the process of bringing this Rock Lobster back to dignity. The first step was to ensure the fit would work, and then get it to a riding state. 700x35mm Bon Jon Pass tires from @compasscycle, the 650x60mm Cascadia ALX fenders I’ve been swapping between bikes lately, and a snazzy @eastoncycling EC90 crank with the Cinch power meter spindle. And, my old pink Arione, because that seemed fitting.
Now, to ride it! Then, we’ll see where the build goes...