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    Comfort/Roadbike almost complete!

    For those that missed the first thread, I was thinking of building a tough road bike to ride on the mean streets of las vegas. There were some ideas kicked around, but this is what I came up with:

    Crappy aluminum Caloi MTB frame that was sitting in my garage for years
    XT crankset from my FS with all but big ring removed
    Wheels SSK3 conversion kit which is a chainguide+spacers+cog.
    Surly 1x1 fork, plenty of steerer left for upright seating
    1.75" tires on mavic crossrocs
    Cane creek S3
    Thompson elite stem
    WTB laser V Ti rail seat.
    XT v-brakes
    Gear ratio is 44/16

    As you can see in the pics the chain tension is the last thing that needs doing. A wonderful fellow SSer from this board is mailing me one so it should be complete shortly.

    I did take it for a quick spin. Not too bad of a ratio actually. It will spin out on the flats but I'm going at a pretty good clip by the time it does. Big time improvement over my 32/18 MTB. The seating position is AWESOME! Its a comfort bike with balls. I didn't get a chance to try a decent hill because the chain skips when you put any power to it due to the slack. I think it will give me plenty of miles of suffering.
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    I betcha don't spin out on the flats with the bike behind it!!

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    I tried to spin out that bike at death valley but chickened out at 150 indicated.

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    dude, where's your kickstand?
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    you cant take any links out of that chain? thats some serious slack...i feel like that would fall off if you hopped a curb

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    It would like you'd be able to take out one more link, but looks can be deceiving.

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    Yeah, the chain will not quite connect with one additional link out. A half link will work and there might still be some slack. At that point I will consider a tensioner if it jumps going off curbs.

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    What about a 42T ring and take a link out?

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    That might well work but then I'd have to buy something new.

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