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    Hmm... The more I read about gear inches, the more it sounds like the 59 gi that's stock on the Furley is pretty low. Guess I'm just fat. I'd go higher, but don't want to get laughed at either.

    Guess maybe my perception of how climbing should be is a bit different too. On my shorter climbs, I go nuts right before the hill to get my cadence up, and then try and stay on top of the gear for the rest of the way.

    When I tried that on my first big hill, I burned out pretty quickly. The only feasible way to climb it was to verry s-l-o-w-l-y mash up one revolution at a time. I think I was going about 6 mph.

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    Just ride a gear that comfortable for you and how you ride. Dont worry about what anyone dose! If this is your first single speed its going to take some time to get in the rhythm of it but once you do it is allot of fun.

    As far as gears go I have had mine set up from 39x16 to 39x20 depending on what or how I am riding at the time. I also am running 700x25 gatorskins for extended road life so far they are great.

    Get out ride and have fun thats what its all about!

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    Thanks for the advice.

    Tomorrow's my fit, and I do think I'll have them change that stuff out while it's getting a tune-up.

    I'm planning on going up to a 19t cog. Not quite as big a jump as going to a 20t, but I'll still get a little more 'climbability'. Plus, the jump (in gear inches) from 18 to 19 is bigger than from 19 to 20, so I think it's a good compromise.

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    ya dude, just ride whatever works for you. who cares how many gear inches or how it looks. it seems to be that fixie riders are most concerned about how huge their front chainring is. the bigger the better even if it makes riding unbearable.

    i swapped the 18 for a 20 about a month ago just to change things up. i will probably change it back after a while because i miss having more top end, but climbing is a bit nicer

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    Cool. Perhaps the large chainrings are compensating for something .

    Man, I was way suprised at how much more comfortable the fit made me on the bike. They shortened the reach quite a bit for me.

    It was actually so much different, that I decided against changing the gearing. I want to see if the change in body position makes me any more efficient.

    I did get some slicks though...
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    Took my Furley on it's first century ride yesterday. Good times.

    I'm glad I didn't mess with gearing. Any higher, and the hills would have killed me on the way back. Any lower, and the flats would have killed me on the way back .

    The first 40 miles was cake, the last 30 was brutal.

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    SS Century rides? Cool. I find I get uncomfortable around mile 40 ...but I rarely ride more than 25mi at a time. I think the stock gearing is pretty good for all-purpose riding. I can climb the hill up to my house, which is 8% grade over 1.25mi, without too much cursing (and do it faster than my geared friends).

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    That is what I'm finding the more I ride this gearing. I keep thinking maybe I'll go up or down a tooth, but then I actually go out and ride and realize it's almost perfect the way that it is.

    I love passing all the poser's on their 20 speed carbon dreams with my SS steel bike wearing a spam jersey and with my hairy legs. They have no idea what just hit them.

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    Anyone using this bike for longer tours? I was thinking of doing a multi-dayer this weekend, but haven't loaded it down with that much weight yet.

    I'm also kind of wondering how it would do on dirt roads. Think there'd be any fillings left in my teeth?

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    I rode mine on a 70 mile gravel ride and still have all my fillings. I was comfortable and would do it again.

    As far as loading it down I did a food drive ride last thanksgiving and had a set of arkel samurai panniers loaded down with canned food. They were full to the top. The furley never missed a beat.

    I would not be afraid if loading this bike down and touring with it.

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    I did load this bike down on Saturday, and took it on a nice little road climb. 4000 ft. over 30 miles. I did have to stop 3 times on the way up to let the knees cool down a bit, but I averaged around 8 mph on the way up.

    I had some extra gear packed for this ride that I really didn't need, but I was testing out my new bag (with panniers) and wanted to see how I handled the weight. Now I know I'm ready for an overnighter.

    Next up will be this same climb incorporated into said overnighter for a 120 mile, 6000 ft. weekend.

    Coming down I hit 42 mph. Not bad for a SS geared as low as it is I think. I could have gone faster too, but reeled it in when I felt my back tire roll on a pebble in a corner (they just chip-sealed it). My goal the next time I'm up there is 50+.


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    Hello new to forum. I am looking at getting a tripper since my old diamond back alludes in pieces and bridgestone mb5 is little worn. I am getting neck surgery through va. I am going stir crazy but can ride bike. The tripper seams the best bike for the money and looks the best. Question I have is their any suggestions to get a higher bar ends for a better secondary upright position. And if so what would the brand be. Or is there another bike to look at rather diamondback or raleigh is a must because uncle has a shop and will never go anywhere else. Must be cromoly I can't quite get Into aluminum from past experiences where it felt like I was getting hit in spine,when on seat with smallest bumps. This was when I was a teenager in the 90s. Also I am 5'8 with 29 inch unseemly. Would the small frame fit best? Thank yous

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    Hello new to ut have
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    I'm kind of curious about converting my Furley to a dingle speed. Anyone know how complicated this'd be? Or if it'd even be worth it? I'd be looking to add a higher gear for flats and big down hills.

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    I took a pretty good spill and jacked up my stock front brake caliper and I've decided to upgrade to the avid bb7's on both ends, but I've got a couple questions.

    Is the furley compatible with the 180mm rotors? If they will work, are they worth the extra cost over the 160mm version?

    I know this is a popular upgrade and I hope I didn't miss the obvious answer in the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMegginson View Post
    I took a pretty good spill and jacked up my stock front brake caliper and I've decided to upgrade to the avid bb7's on both ends, but I've got a couple questions.

    Is the furley compatible with the 180mm rotors? If they will work, are they worth the extra cost over the 160mm version?

    I know this is a popular upgrade and I hope I didn't miss the obvious answer in the thread.
    I called Raleigh about this very question since some forks have a max rotor size and I didn't want to surpass the specs. They didn't have an answer either way, so I just went ahead and sized up on the fork. There's room for 180mm and possibly 185mm rotors; I have a 180mm on mine and it's definitely improved my braking performance.

    I don't know if a 180mm will fit on the rear, but I can easily lock the back wheel with a 160mm so I haven't investigated further.

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    Thanks tychoseven! The more I think about it, I'll probably just upgrade the front for now. Even with the stock brakes I have no problems locking up the rear.

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    Anyone having problems with the stock wheels? I had 2 nipples brake on the rear wheel now. All of the riding I have been doing is pulling my daughter around in the chariot trailer. Might be a good reason to get new wheel.

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    No but chariot is often behind its a burley with a hitch connected by thru axle on Burke side. I have some stans team wheel so I can get rid of 3 speed and go ten with shadow zee rd.Has anyone got away with 700x40 on rear. Putting clement explorer Mso with 120 tpi.

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    Sorry about the bump, but anyone know what rack and bag this is?


    Quote Originally Posted by Shinkers View Post
    Okay, so to prove to you guys that I'm not a whining liar, here's a couple pics of my very own Furley.

    Yesterday it was finally not raining, so I got to take it out for its virgin ride.

    Yessir, I think she'll do just fine. This thing feels like a tank. Yeah, it's heavy, but I actually like the feel of throwing the weight around a bit, it's hard to explain. Coming from riding an aluminum Giant Defy 1, this thing gives the impression of "mowing" down the road under the tires. The 35c tires are a god-send when it comes to chip-seal and cracks in the road. I don't know if it's the tires, or the steel frame, or both, but the bike feels very smooth.

    I was genuinely suprised with how much I liked the stock gearing. I thought for sure I'd be dropping down to 16 teeth in the back, but for general riding around with a bit of up and down, the 18 is doing me just fine. I can comfortably cruise at 18-19 mph, and climbing isn't a total killer.

    After some adjustment, the brakes aren't as horrendous as I had anticipated either. Sure, they're not the greatest out there, but they stop the bike, and don't rub. That's all that I ask. Being a mech. they're easy to adjust which was a massive plus for me. I love mech. disc brakes.

    The bars feel just right, and I really like the Tektro levers. They are narrower than STI hoods, which feels very comfortable in my hands.

    The only thing that I wasn't totally happy with, was the saddle, but maybe it'll grow on me. If not, I'll get a different

    The main reason I bought this bike, was for durability, and my ability to actually wrench on it. This bike feels very solid and the setup is more in line with my abilities, I'm not afraid to work on it and upgrade down the road.

    Anyways, as a do-everything bike, I think it fits the bill nicely.

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    heres my tripper zee 1x10 and xtbrakes ironcross. ergon sm3 seat,itm 120 stem. outboard pf30 plus some others. kinda went overboard still want a decent cf fork. nevermind cant load pic?

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    Figured it out accually quite easy
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    So I went to the LBS today to see about getting some tire liners, or sealant because I'm tired of patching tubes a couple times a week, and they recommended going tubeless with this kit
    Cyclocross Kit
    For $70 it seems like it could be great solution.

    Have any of Ya'll had any experience with this kit, others ones out there, or tubeless CX tires in general? If so, would the stock rims work? The mechanic was a little concerned about the height of the rim and said I would possibly need the $26 valve extension kit as well.

    Thanks for keeping this thread great and happy riding!

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    Wow I'm glad someone over at BikeForums linked me to this thread. Thought I was the only one with this bike lol. Never really did any research on it, just sold my Specialized StumpJumper29er and Fixed Langster when I saw this on ebay. Got it for a good deal brand new bike, seller told me it was a 2014 not sure. Also I thought I had the only Blue one when I first started reading this thread.



    But really what I need to know is can I put on another crankset like a Sugino Messenger 48T or do I have to keep the stock crank and just change the chainring ? I would like to set this bike up as a 48/16 but worried about chain tension since it dosent have the rear drop out like my Fixie.

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    Just put a chainring on there five bolts to remove old chainring and go new I went raceface n/w 42t on the alfine crank. It's a great ss crank it's light and affordable. I just won another alfine crank on ebay for 40 some bucks. Every other crank comparable is a 160-200 dollars and I don't remembering seeing any weigh any less at that price. Any swimano 24mm crank will work if you have the eccentric fsa with alfine. Chain tension is applied by moving the eccentric bb by loosening the two 5mm or 4mm bolts on left side of bb. I had a hard time keeping the tension off the crank while tightening bolt equally had to push up to one side while someone else did the same on other side while
    I torqued it evenly.
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