Built almost without incident and vitrually no bodging.
Had to nick Mrs Stoner's inner tubes from her 456 since I could only find dozens of 29"s in the spares box. D'oh!
First job this afternoon will be a trip to the tip with all the boxes Ive collected.
Nick - 30T front ring, 32/11 cassette. Im hoping its enough. If I need to I will put a granny on.
Cheers BD - I will go and dig out a spare front mech and lash it on.
Sheldon - it's still better looking than your maverick.
Strato - routing tidied up - it was flailing around as I hadnt bled the rear brake. Just done it. And if anyone is curious a standard hose from Shimano is long enough to get all the way back there.
According to my spreadsheet (natch) it cost me £140 in parts that I didnt have:
Forks ebay - £11
Wheels classifieds - £35
Tyres & rear lever CRC - £36
Front lever eBay - £10
LX Calipers, Oury Grips On-One - £15
MEch and shifiter eBay - £10
Cassette Classifieds - £14
and £450 for the xtracycle.