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    Headed down the path

    Got a great deal on a low mileage 2011 Big Dummy frame/fork, V racks, and a set of black freeloaders. Planning on getting it built up over the next few weeks as I make decisions on the final few parts. Looking forward to getting it finished and getting some miles and loads in on it. Still debating on the need for the wideloaders. Seem like they would be handy, but I might wait on getting them until the spring.

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    Wheels are done. Head set is pressed in. Got the brakes finished tonight as well. Had to face the brake mount on the fork to keep the caliper from hitting the brake rotor. Interesting that the former owner never had to do that, but I'm sure he was running smaller rotors than what I went with.



    Waiting on handlebars to show up and then I can decide on what shifters to run. Found out that the spring mounts for the rim brakes interfere with putting the tires on, but it's nothing that a small tap of the wheel won't overcome.

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    Looking good so far! I'm excited to see the final build! I've never had a need for wideloaders, but if I HAD them, I'd find a use for them. If that makes sense. Enjoy!
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    Nice. Looking forward to seeing a picture of the finished project. I've never used my Wideloaders, FWIW.

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    Are those Hookworms? I am thinking they will be my next tires...

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    FWIW I have not needed my wide loaders either, but I use my BD more than any other bike I own. Thanks for sharing your build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryeti View Post
    Are those Hookworms? I am thinking they will be my next tires...
    Yup, hose are the 2.5" Hookworms. They need a small "pop" to clear the canti studs if you mount them inflated. They are also not the lightest tire in the world. I wanted something with some volume to help spread out any loads when hauling, and I really like how they fill up the wheel wells.

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    Nice build. I use my wide loaders allot. Wouldn't want to be without them. Carry them all them time.

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    I pop the Wideloaders on when I need to carry something, well, wide, but when they're on I definitely feel how big the bike is, so Ieave 'em off when not needed.

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    I usually run 1 wideloader on the drive side, since I'm usually pulling a chariot on the other side and it would interfere. Nice for loading up moreso than actual cargo, like shapeless grocery bags.

    I know I'm in the minority here, but I like the straight-tubed frames, more than the curvy ones.

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    Posted this in the photo thread, but posting it here as well to round this out.


    My Surly Big Dummy by S.Fuller, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfuller View Post
    Posted this in the photo thread, but posting it here as well to round this out.


    My Surly Big Dummy by S.Fuller, on Flickr
    Nicely done....
    Safe riding,

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    nice

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    Vik and aGo - Thanks.

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