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    Converting the Yokota

    Well...y'all talked me into it. I did some math and figured out the gain ratio I preferred and back-engineered it to find out the closest gear ratio/cog combination to fit my 16.75" chainstay. I must say...this chainstay length is an absolute bear to get it to fit as the "magic gear". So, it looks like I'll be installing a tensioner or cutting the axle...haven't decided yet. So far, I've taken off the front shifter and got the chain cut and fit to the SS chainline. Now I just need to swap out my SRAM cassette for some spacers and an 18T cog. Went for a little ride and aside from a little skip from the SRAM cogs, the gain already felt easier because of the loss of friction from my sticking idler and tensioner pulleys. Excited to get that straight-cut cog on there and see how it does on the trail.
    I'll post pics when I get done.
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    Just picked up the DMR STS tensioner at my LBS and will be installing it after class this evening. Hoping to be ready for a group ride tomorrow.
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    lets see some pics...

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    Made spacers out of 1.25" PVC I had laying around. Still using SRAM cog and chain ring, but soon to change those to Surly or equivalent units. Ratio is 1.88 and gain is 3.8. Went on a LBS ride and I think it will suit me just fine for now. I definitely lost a lot of friction from the derailleur and it feels much smoother. The tensioner looks like it is touching the chain guide, but it isn't.
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    Nice ride! Welcome to the ss gang!

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    Made a few changes. Swapped out to Candy X clipless pedals, took off the bottle cages (went to Camelbak), and took some junk out of the tailbag. She sits at 26 lbs now and soon to drop more when I change to lighter tires and tubeless. Also have a light Selle Italia leather seat in the mail for it (old one stains my shorts). Been on about 5 rides SS and I'm hooked, I got into it for the novelty and now I can really see some benefits. The flats suck, but I'll step up from my 1.88 to 1.94 gear ratio soon and hopefully the flats will get a little faster.
    Jesse
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    Frame looks to be in a good shape - what year is it exactly?

    Have you taken apart that Bomber yet? Easy service? I'm contemplating getting one just like that...

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    That's a 93 frame. I haven't taken apart the fork, but I have the service manual and it looks very simple. Haven't needed to take it apart yet, I guess that's a good sign.
    Jesse
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    Nice bike and even better with mud.

    And one thing, finally I see toe clips!!! YEEAAHH!!!!

    I thought that I am the only one that use toe clips.

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    Now that I stopped using them, you can reclaim the title I can still hold the bar-end title in my area though, haven't seen any on the local group rides.
    Jesse
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    I like it!

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    Dang, was looking forward to getting rid of my leopard-print Terry saddle (complete with butterfly stitching, was a girl's bike) for a Selle Italia that weighed over 100g less...but it turns out the seat was in worse shape than his pictures showed. Ah well, if sounds too good to be true...
    Jesse
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    I heard some people re-skin Flite, so I guess you could go that way. Or pick up one of the Charge saddle. It's at Tree Fort Bike. Probably it's just me but it screams SS. Don't ask why cause I don't know...

    http://www.treefortbikes.com/#navbar...222358227___80

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    Price is right, but reviews say it's hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orion_134
    Price is right, but reviews say it's hard.
    I agree with that 100%, but my seat is there just in case. What, do you sit on the seat?


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    Florida, man, lot's of time in the seat...except for the roots.
    '08 GF Montare
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    Uploaded more pics.
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