The Parlee is here, and I’ve checked the chain elongation and a new chain is needed. Dura Ace chain is difficult to source, so I went with Ultegra chain for now.
Removed the wheels and went over the frame from top to bottom, front to back, and everywhere in between. It is in excellent shape. The rim brake pads are SwissStop yellow pads, by all reviews and experience an excellent choice for the carbon rims. They have plenty of life, so no need to replace them.
The bar tape does need to be replaced, and while the tape is off it makes a lot of sense to replace the brake cables and housing. So some red Jagwire compressionless housing is in order.
I also chose to replace the seatpost clamp and the headset spacers with red custom anodized parts, they look great on the carbon weave frame.
Now to the part I have little to no familiarity with – Shimano DI2 electronic shifting. So I started reading. This system is a Dura Ace 9070 system, and it came with an SM-BTR2 battery. The seller did not include a charger for the battery in the sale, but he was nice enough to charge the battery before he shipped the bike. This would give me some time to pick up a charger.
However, there is a newer battery available, BT-DN110-A, that also has an upgraded chip in it to support additional shift modes beyond manual shifting. Not knowing how long the original battery had been in service, I decided to purchase an upgraded battery. There is also a BT module that allows the shift parameters to be customized using a phone app from Shimano, so I added that to the order. This stuff ain’t cheap, but this isn’t a cheap bike either.
I swapped the Fabric saddle from the Merckx onto the Parlee, but I couldn’t get the proper distance between the handlebars and the saddle. The seatpost that came on the bike was a zero setback model and I needed a setback seatpost to get the saddle into the proper position. I found one that will work so that’s handled.
Now the dreaded “parts pause” takes effect. Figure out what you need, order the parts, and wait for them to be delivered.