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    After three weeks or so of nearly constant snow and some good days on the local hill...





    the sun finally returned and I got out on my bike...



    the snow is piled up enough that riding is a challenge but not to bad.

    And on the way home a quick stop at the water tower...



    Al thanks for the hookup I look forward to returning the favor!

    Cheers,
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    ps I will be doing the weather on our local RSN (ch 63) network starting next week so if any of ya"ll get to Salida or BV make sure to check that out.

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    Nice!

    Yeah it's been alternating between muddy and frozen in my part of the country. Have you made any adjustments to your initial set-up? Tires or gearing for example. How are you finding the fork? Do you reckon it offers more damping than a regular rigid fork?

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    Amigo! You're an embarrassment...

    You call yourself a single speeder, much less a McClung single speed rider? Here you are hitching a tow behind the groomer????

    Whatever happened to earning your turns? Where are the skins? I'm appalled.

    75 and not a cloud in the sky here. I miss the snow. Enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    Yeah it's been alternating between muddy and frozen in my part of the country. Have you made any adjustments to your initial set-up? Tires or gearing for example. How are you finding the fork? Do you reckon it offers more damping than a regular rigid fork?
    So far the only change has been to give Jason his 170 mm XT cranks back and install my 165mm XT cranks. I do have a 90mm stem coming and will eventually put a Thompson stem on when i know what length I want... It seems to me the whole set up is pretty smooth, although I won't claim to know much. I am able to descend as fast as on my Yeti 575, although I need to pay more attention... It is hard for me to describe the difference in either performance or feel it's just better. I have truly enjoyed every bike I have ever owned but #49 makes me want to cycle (and hard), more than anything I have done. It has changed the whole game for me, I guess the results will differ for each participant but around here it seems like there is a drive to not let the mystic down,either by not being strong enough or not having the conditioning, there is a responsibility to be able to ride hard enough and long enough to live up to your bikes legacy. Is that to sappy? It may be to much to explain over the interweb but believe me when I say Don's bikes are better than you can imagine...

    Cheers P.T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy
    You call yourself a single speeder, much less a McClung single speed rider? Here you are hitching a tow behind the groomer????

    Whatever happened to earning your turns? Where are the skins? I'm appalled.

    75 and not a cloud in the sky here. I miss the snow. Enjoy it!
    You know "boot packing" Mirkwood with the Cat guys to earn a free day latter in the year its hard but someone has to do it...

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    Boot packing???

    Boot packing??? Really?? At Monarch???

    I didn't even realize they still did that, although I guess it most be pretty common for the steeps. Kinda' dangerous stuff. Did they make you sign the mother of all liability releases?

    Thanks for the pics. My trip back home for Xmas was cancelled at the last minute due to the wife's job. I needed the fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    So far the only change has been to give Jason his 170 mm XT cranks back and install my 165mm XT cranks. I do have a 90mm stem coming and will eventually put a Thompson stem on when i know what length I want... It seems to me the whole set up is pretty smooth, although I won't claim to know much. I am able to descend as fast as on my Yeti 575, although I need to pay more attention... It is hard for me to describe the difference in either performance or feel it's just better. I have truly enjoyed every bike I have ever owned but #49 makes me want to cycle (and hard), more than anything I have done. It has changed the whole game for me, I guess the results will differ for each participant but around here it seems like there is a drive to not let the mystic down,either by not being strong enough or not having the conditioning, there is a responsibility to be able to ride hard enough and long enough to live up to your bikes legacy. Is that to sappy? It may be to much to explain over the interweb but believe me when I say Don's bikes are better than you can imagine...

    Cheers P.T.
    I tend to do more fine tuning on my road bike set ups. MTB's always seem to have larger margins to play with. 165mm eh? Ya know, a couple of guys I know here are playing with 180mm on their big wheeled SS bikes at the moment. Both of these guys are around your (and my) build.

    I can relate to everything you say about living up to a lineage. It's not sappy at all. I have an old club jersey from when I raced on the track back in Ireland. We had a national champion in the club at the time, so the jersey carried a bit of clout on race days. Even today I won't wear it unless I'm in top shape... so of course, I have not worn it for years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy
    Boot packing??? Really?? At Monarch???

    I didn't even realize they still did that, although I guess it most be pretty common for the steeps. Kinda' dangerous stuff. Did they make you sign the mother of all liability releases?

    Thanks for the pics. My trip back home for Xmas was cancelled at the last minute due to the wife's job. I needed the fix.
    The tedious part is walking a properly serpentine path down the hill


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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    ... but around here it seems like there is a drive to not let the mystic down,either by not being strong enough or not having the conditioning, there is a responsibility to be able to ride hard enough and long enough to live up to your bikes legacy. Is that to sappy?...
    Makes sense to me. I got my first mountain bike in 1979, and rode it in seven Western stares over the next years. Being on the road as a bike company sales rep gave me many opportunities. We had rigid bikes of course. I rode, and sometimes walked, some awesome places. Even though I have a FS for longer rides, I still love my rigid SS more, and it definitely has my heart, for the reasons you state above. Sappy or not, I'm with you on this.
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    Keep This Thread Alive

    Let's PLEASE have some more Mcclung disscusion, ride reports, and most importantly, more photos...These bikes are amazing!!! Just curious....Does anyone know if the Mcclung and the Pereira have the same geometry? They sure do look like it.
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    There are some slight differences...

    al415 made the observation here:

    Pereira Roaring29er number 2

    First thing to bear in mind is that these are custom and the geometry will vary based on the customer. Tony has only created two, mine and his personal bike which were both very similar in dimensions as he and I just happen to have similar builds. That said there is definitely more of a bend in Don's seat tubes. My guess is the wheel bases are probably similar (perhaps the Pereira is slightly longer). The Don probably has a longer top tube with shorter rear triangle and the rider positioned further behind the bottom bracket.

    I'd love to get them side by side. It's more likely that I'll get to Salida, before any of the Don Crew get to San Diego.

    Maybe this summer when I make my annual pilgrimage home...

    TCN

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    around here it seems like there is a drive to not let the mystic down,either by not being strong enough or not having the conditioning, there is a responsibility to be able to ride hard enough and long enough to live up to your bikes legacy. Is that to sappy?
    Makes sense. 4th of July is just around the corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudpawlz
    Makes sense. 4th of July is just around the corner.
    Yes and getting closer everyday, I rode with Jason and Wade yesterday and they just crushed me. I really need to be getting out more, but it is looking like our thaw is over and we are back into a snow pattern for a while.

    Cheers,
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    first Cottonwood of 2009...









    Cheers,
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    I love how these McClungs look. I'm a long time singlespeeder, rigid, flats. Can someone write about how they ride and handle compared to a more standard bike? I ride a Curtlo 29er and a ENO converted Fat City Ti Fat, both rigid.
    How does sitting over the rear wheel impact handling? Do you find this position more comfortable?

    I'm going to be out that way from late February to late March. My son is in Boulder, CO. I'm picking him up and then we're going to Heuco Tanks in TX to do some bouldering.

    I might have some time in CO. Is it worth it weatherwise to go to Salida in Feb/March? I'll have my Ti Fat with me. Any chance of checking out some of Don's bikes then?
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    wow. 165's. Thats nearly an inch shorter than mine. I've been on 185's for the summer, and really like 'em. Just goes to show how varied set ups can be.
    Just a regular guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~martini~
    wow. 165's. Thats nearly an inch shorter than mine. I've been on 185's for the summer, and really like 'em. Just goes to show how varied set ups can be.
    Hey, what is your inseam?

    PT, is that blue / grey Don bike a tribute to Yeti? Looks good. Have you checked in on mine yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    Hey, what is your inseam?

    PT, is that blue / grey Don bike a tribute to Yeti? Looks good. Have you checked in on mine yet?
    I will be working right next door this week so I will pack the camera and stop by the shop.

    Cheers,
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    sweet build
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigid
    Is it worth it weatherwise to go to Salida in Feb/March?

    Not at all.

    The Cottonwood loop pictured is cool, but not a destination ride. Go to Salida in September.

    And a Don rider ought to be on leathers and 3 pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks


    I built it. Customer will go unnamed.
    I saw your name on the SSWC09 start list right below mine, does that mean you have to go kayaking with me now?

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigid
    I love how these McClungs look. I'm a long time singlespeeder, rigid, flats. Can someone write about how they ride and handle compared to a more standard bike? I ride a Curtlo 29er and a ENO converted Fat City Ti Fat, both rigid.
    How does sitting over the rear wheel impact handling? Do you find this position more comfortable?
    I think the biggest things are the short wheel base and chain stay mine is 40.5" and 16.5" respectively which seem to make the bike super responsive and tight feeling although I would not claim to be an expert on bike geometry vs. handling, I do know that for me it is exceptional.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rigid
    I'm going to be out that way from late February to late March. My son is in Boulder, CO. I'm picking him up and then we're going to Heuco Tanks in TX to do some bouldering.

    I might have some time in CO. Is it worth it weatherwise to go to Salida in Feb/March? I'll have my Ti Fat with me. Any chance of checking out some of Don's bikes then?
    bruce boysen b4bru@aol.com
    Definitely a crap shoot that time of year but I would say Salida is always worth the stop. Let me now when you will be through and I see if I can't rally a ride.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    I saw your name on the SSWC09 start list right below mine, does that mean you have to go kayaking with me now?

    Cheers,
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    I didn't know that SSWC had boating.
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
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    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    I didn't know that SSWC had boating.
    It is in Durango....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    It is in Durango....
    So is square dancing.
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    http://sswc09.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/cimg4681.jpg

    My entry is right on top of the pile next to Mike R's and Ned Overend's. Salida well represented and hear rumors that Don may be entering????

    Cheers,
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    Friday...
    M.R. up on the pass



    Saturday...
    Loni above Salida



    Me, same trail...



    Even nicer today, It is sometimes hard to believe how great this little town is...

    Cheers,
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    Wierd



    I'm like 90% sure your buddy used to cruise around Lawrence KS with missiles on top of his station wagon. Wade, or something?...

    Gorgeous bicycles BTW
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    I'm like 90% sure your buddy used to cruise around Lawrence KS with missiles on top of his station wagon. Wade, or something?...

    Gorgeous bicycles BTW
    I hope that doesn't blow his witness protection deal... for some reason lots of Kansas folks like to move to Salida and ride single speeds.

    Cheers,
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    Weird. We drank a lot of Jameson during a folk art tour of Kansas once. I'm from Kansas but moved to Albuquerque for biking. I keep wanting to ride the Rainbow Trail up there, but its like 6 hours from here. I'll make more of an effort since I know there are some Kansas ex-pats lurking...
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    more info on loni-above-salida's fork please. and frame while you're at it. and fetch me a beer too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    more info on loni-above-salida's fork please. and frame while you're at it. and fetch me a beer too.
    Ahh yes that's Loni's Hot Carl, Another locally hand built SS frame. Whoops I just ran out of PBR...

    Cheers, P.T.

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    Last weekend We finally got out of town for a bit of cycling, Anna and I took #49 and her XXIX for a quick Moab trip...











    So far #49's been out WAY more than my skis this winter and we are really looking forward to the long rides around here opening up. I hope all the SS are training hard for the SSWC09...

    Cheers,
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    looks to me like you live the life dude

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    It's Spring already....

    I just spoke to Don on the phone lastnight. Funny thing is he was about to call me. Funnier still is that Timmy sent me a PM asking about the Don bike the same day. So something must be in the air

    I've stockpiled a few parts for mine. I have the Phil hubs and my wheels are getting built within the next week or so. I just picked up a pair of Avid Ultimate black-ops v-brakes. I have several seatposts and stems lying around, so I'll experiment a bit before I settle on that set-up.

    Any changes to your initial set-up PT? Are you still running the 165mm XT's? When you get a chance maybe you'll visit Don for a beer and snap a few shots of my frame (whatever there is of it!) Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    I just spoke to Don on the phone lastnight. Funny thing is he was about to call me. Funnier still is that Timmy sent me a PM asking about the Don bike the same day. So something must be in the air

    I've stockpiled a few parts for mine. I have the Phil hubs and my wheels are getting built within the next week or so. I just picked up a pair of Avid Ultimate black-ops v-brakes. I have several seatposts and stems lying around, so I'll experiment a bit before I settle on that set-up.

    Any changes to your initial set-up PT? Are you still running the 165mm XT's? When you get a chance maybe you'll visit Don for a beer and snap a few shots of my frame (whatever there is of it!) Cheers.

    what kind of paint scheme do you have in mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcutterx
    what kind of paint scheme do you have in mind?
    I keep going back and forth. Right now I'm considering painting it like one of the Rapha Continental road bikes; mostly black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    I just spoke to Don on the phone lastnight. Funny thing is he was about to call me. Funnier still is that Timmy sent me a PM asking about the Don bike the same day. So something must be in the air

    I've stockpiled a few parts for mine. I have the Phil hubs and my wheels are getting built within the next week or so. I just picked up a pair of Avid Ultimate black-ops v-brakes. I have several seatposts and stems lying around, so I'll experiment a bit before I settle on that set-up.

    Any changes to your initial set-up PT? Are you still running the 165mm XT's? When you get a chance maybe you'll visit Don for a beer and snap a few shots of my frame (whatever there is of it!) Cheers.
    I just got back from a White Rim mission we spent 4 days out there and got to peddle from Murphy's to Potato bottom the long way, right at eighty miles, #49 was awesome I couldn't imagine using any other bike.
    I haven't changed my setup at all, love the 165mm cranks. I will try to get over to Don's and get a photo.

    Cheers,
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    A few pictures of #49 on the White Rim...











    Yes, I did put the clipless on for this trip...

    Cheers,
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    pfff why do I live in the flat non rocky netherlands.... WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    # 49 got a bit of new jewelry in the form of a King BB



    So to start breaking it in a bit of a ride on the Colorado trail was in order...

    The 6:30 roll out from Salida.


    A few friends 3000 feet higher at Blanks Cabin and the start of the single track.


    In the clouds at first on some of the Colorado trails finest single track


    Snack break


    Yes it is as good as it looks.


    The only flat of the day.


    Stopping to check the wild flowers before the climb to Chalk Creek?


    Back onto single track after the ungodly climb from Chalk Creek up Mt. Princton.


    Looking down to were we just came from as well were we are heading.


    Putting on rain gear before the big descent to BV.


    46 miles and about 8000 feet of climbing later, a pile of food at Ponchos!




    The new bottom bracket was happy!

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    More inspiring photographs!

    Hey PT, great shots. You know when I look at the places you ride your McClung I almost feel a little guilty that I'll be taking my McClung so far from its natural habitat. It's a bit like my dogs; I have three Bernese Mountain Dogs that have never seen the Swiss Alps. Oh sure, they get to run on the beach and play in the Atlantic Ocean, but they are happiest in the hills that we find in the northern part of our state.

    Likewise my McClung (when it arrives) will likely never see the sun burnt mountains it was made to ride. It'll spend its life on narrow, twisty-off-camber, rooted, rutty and muddy singletrack. Always with a canopy of trees overhead blocking the sun, with mud and stream crossings to foul it's paint

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    WOW.. this thread has it all.... Sweet bikes, pretty girls, awesome rides(trails close to me haha). Great stuff!

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    I spoke to Don lastnight...

    My frame is finished. He'll be dropping it off at Spectrum tomorrow for powder. I have my wheels. Still deliberating about which brakes to use...

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    Oh my.....can't wait to see her!!!!!!

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    Yeah Al! I excited to see the finished work. What colors did you finally choose? As far as brakes I'm running Avid SD 7's and really like them however pretty much everyone else I know is using XTRs, maybe a bit easier to adjust and push squarer to the rim as the pads wear down(?) Post up some pic when you start to build her. Any Colorado coming up? SSWC09?

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    Al, just in case you need some motivation to come out to CO here are a few photos from recent rides!

    Agate Creek off the Monarch Crest...







    Alpine Tunnel, Tin Cup loop.



    I know some people on this forum don't like these but...







    Canyon Creek

















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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    yes 16.5" chainstays 40.5 inch wheelbase...
    this is the most awesome thing i have ever seen. from looks to geometry to rim brakes it is freakkin extraordinary.
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    Congrats!!!!

    I can't wait to see it!

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    Who could not like Columbines? I love seeing those. Reminds me of home. I actually thought it would be a little late in the year to see many of those.

    Love the Pics. Keep them coming.

    TCN

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    so retro..

    Did agate have a bazillion cold creek crossings?

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    those are some sweet rides you guys got!

    got a link to McClung's site????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessep
    so retro..

    Did agate have a bazillion cold creek crossings?
    Yes it gets pretty wet on the descent, no pics of that I usually put the camera away before dropping of the Crest so it doesn't get ruined when I go over the bars and into the water.

    Timmy the Columbine's are as thick as I have ever seen them this year pretty amazing in the mountains right now.

    JMW Don still has a rotary phone I think, so no web site.

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    There's an interview on the Dirt Rag archives
    http://www.dirtragmag.com/print/article.php?ID=633

    It's got contact info at the end, as well as pricing. Either, both, or none, may be out of date now.
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    Should have my frame by next week...

    I had the "which color" conversation with Oliver at Spectrum yesterday. He says it'll be finished within a week. I've decided to go with the same color combo that my 1970's Raleigh Sport 3 speed has: A green mainframe with bronze details. A honey brooks and some cork grips will complete the look I don't think I'm going to use the Avid Black Ops brakes I tracked down. I have a beautiful set of Campagnolo Record Off-Road brakes and levers going unused. So, if I can get enough stopping power (using good modern pads) I'll use those. It's certainly worth a try.

    Don gave me a mini shopping list for a couple of little things I'll need; Zefal #2 pump and a problem solvers adjustable spacer. He also told me my frame, number 51, has the first of dropouts of his own making.

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    The Raleigh, for reference

    I went home for dinner and took a couple of poor pictures just as a thunderstorm started.... The basic color combo will (I hope) be the same on my McClung. My Raleigh has a brown Brooks B-72 and I think I'll put a honey B-17 or Swift on the number 51.




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    I can't wait to see it your colors are going to be awesome. I love the idea of the campy brakes I hope they do the trick.

    I'm sure #51 would enjoy hanging out with #50 up here eventually.



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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    I went home for dinner and took a couple of poor pictures just as a thunderstorm started.... The basic color combo will (I hope) be the same on my McClung. My Raleigh has a brown Brooks B-72 and I think I'll put a honey B-17 or Swift on the number 51.



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    Brakes ?

    Darn Nice looking bikes, Don builds beautiful stuff... i just read his Dirt Rag Interview, i share some of his views and philosophies too. I am curious, why is he choosing to only build these Frames with Rim brakes? I am sure someone has requested Discs?

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    IT has to do with the way he builds the fork and the torque that discs put on the axle, I think there are some Ideas about that.

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    I'd like to think of it that he is a legend, in racing and pioneering bike building, and he just does it that way.......

    Want something else? There are other builders.

    Want a McClung? Options? You get to choose your color.
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    Beautiful bikes guys, just fantastic! I can't wait to see #51 complete! With the right pads, I think you can get those old Campy's to have decent power. I need to start saving my pennies to have #52, 53, etc built! I really NEED a McClung! Now just need to convince the wife...

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    Aye, I'd love to bring #51 back to its home someday. I'm mulling over tire size right now. I went with tradition and built a wheelset using Open Pros. I'm wondering what the widest tire you Open Pro guys are safely running? Also, with this new Cafeletex tubeless sealant, I'm thinking of trying it on the Don bike.

    Hey PT, check your PM inbox one of these days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    Aye, I'd love to bring #51 back to its home someday. I'm mulling over tire size right now. I went with tradition and built a wheelset using Open Pros. I'm wondering what the widest tire you Open Pro guys are safely running? Also, with this new Cafeletex tubeless sealant, I'm thinking of trying it on the Don bike.

    Hey PT, check your PM inbox one of these days!
    I've been running the 2.2 Geax Saguaro, and the 2.3 WTB Exiwolf before that, I really like both of them, I don't know about the tubeless stuff but I have been considering that so let me know how it works for you.

    Here are a few random photos...



    #10's rear drop out, with the bottle opener.



    I really can't complain about my neighborhood...



    Seriously,






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    The long awaited headbadge...

    This is the headbadge that a Don bike owner had Jen Green make for him. It's pretty funny!



    It may be a little large on the headtube for my taste but I'd have to see it in person to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UPS
    PARSIPPANY, NJ, US 09/03/2009 12:23 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN

    COMMERCE CITY, CO, US 09/02/2009 5:07 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN

    COMMERCE CITY, CO, US 09/01/2009 11:38 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, US 09/01/2009 10:00 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN

    09/01/2009 8:44 P.M. ORIGIN SCAN

    09/01/2009 4:42 P.M. PICKUP SCAN

    US 08/31/2009 5:12 P.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED
    Should be here later tonight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    Should be here later tonight...
    Sweet.
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    A few from todays ride, the Monarch crest from Salida flat o-rama...



    Only 4000 feet or so of climbing to the bottom of the hill...



    Stop for the second flat of the day...



    Third flat fixed...



    Now I'm a bit behind schedule desision time, bail out S. Fooses or...



    I've seen worse and besides I new If I keep going I'd find A LOT of these little babies...



    #5 the straw that broke the camels back, no more tubes, no more patches, should I just stuff the tire full of weeds? OK I confess I bring the cell phone sometimes and well this time, At least I didn't walk 15 miles home. I still got 43 miles and 7000 vert of good Chaffee County riding done, and a nice 4.5 mile hike to were I could be picked up...



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    [QUOTE=ptwood]A few from todays ride.../QUOTE]

    PT, excuse me but I have a few comments.

    1) Your tire/rim combo sucks
    2) Why not go tubeless?
    3) At least you got a great ride in, in spite of 5 flats.
    4) Can you please post a full bike shot every time you post pictures?

    Carry on.

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    [QUOTE=Wish I Were Riding]
    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    A few from todays ride.../QUOTE]

    PT, excuse me but I have a few comments.

    1) Your tire/rim combo sucks
    2) Why not go tubeless?
    3) At least you got a great ride in, in spite of 5 flats.
    4) Can you please post a full bike shot every time you post pictures?

    Carry on.
    Sorry I forgot you were perusing this thread, the first flats I've had in over 2000 miles, as for my tire rim combo sucking? Seriously? Thanks for the insight....

    Just for you



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    [QUOTE=ptwood]
    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding

    Sorry I forgot you were perusing this thread, the first flats I've had in over 2000 miles, as for my tire rim combo sucking? Seriously? Thanks for the insight....
    It was just a comment on 5 flats in one ride. I was being fascisious. I should have put a winky face. Sorry.

    That picture's more like it. Thanks!

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    [QUOTE=Wish I Were Riding]
    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood

    It was just a comment on 5 flats in one ride. I was being fascisious. I should have put a winky face. Sorry.

    That picture's more like it. Thanks!
    Sorry as well, I think I might be a bit gruff from the flats and walking,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    Sorry as well, I think I might be a bit gruff from the flats and walking,,,

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    Just opened the box...

    ...at work. After refreshing my UPS Tracking app. on my phone all night, I finally gave up around midnight. This morning I tracked down the UPS guy on my way to work and opened the box once I got to my desk. Here are the first grainy pictures of number 51:







    The detailing on the fork is beautiful... but I didn't unwrap it until after I stopped snapping pictures. The photographs don't capture the color, but it's amazingly close to my Raleigh, just shinier and newer!

    I have no bolts for the struts so I'll have to spend some time figuring out what I need. Also, Don mentioned an adjustable spacer, I'm not sure my LBS will have this in stock. So I'll have to be as patient about the build as I was about the shipping

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    Water bottle bosses....


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    Nice!

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    Looks great, is that an S-bend top tube on #51?

    More photos when you get to build it

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    Wow. Looks delicious. LOVE the slack STA. That bike is gonna rock!

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    Beautiful, I am looking forward to seeing it get built.

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    Those bikes really are awesome. Everything a custom should be.

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    Nicely Done! Love the paint. Can't wait to see the the final build. I saw one other of his with that top tube from one of PT's earlier Photos. It's an interesting way of making the frame fit smaller riders.

    Congrats and glad the wait is over!

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    What is the effective STA anyways?

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    Number 48, A little different than the rest
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy
    Nicely Done! Love the paint. Can't wait to see the the final build. I saw one other of his with that top tube from one of PT's earlier Photos. It's an interesting way of making the frame fit smaller riders
    And I always thought 5'10" was "average"

    Hey Tendon, If I hadn't seen number 49 with my own eyes...

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    Tendon, I saw #48 when Don was finishing it and I always wonder how it worked out, looks sweet. Al when do we get to see some more of #51? How about a few of the gold(?) details?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    Al when do we get to see some more of #51? How about a few of the gold(?) details?
    It's with my friend Rich right now, along with most of the parts I've accumulated. I'll try to stop over there today, maybe snap a couple of pictures...

    As for the parts themselves; I ordered an Eriksen post over the weekend. Also, when I gathered my Record OR brakes together I noticed that they used oversize cables (remember those?) Luckily I had a set of brand new OR brake cables still factory sealed

    I haven't had a chance to play around with tubeless just yet, so I'll probably throw some UST saguros with tubes on the wheels, just to get me rolling.

    Don told me to get an adjustable spacer, like the one Problem Solvers makes. Is there any reason not to use a starnut in my head tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    It's with my friend Rich right now, along with most of the parts I've accumulated. I'll try to stop over there today, maybe snap a couple of pictures...

    As for the parts themselves; I ordered an Eriksen post over the weekend. Also, when I gathered my Record OR brakes together I noticed that they used oversize cables (remember those?) Luckily I had a set of brand new OR brake cables still factory sealed

    I haven't had a chance to play around with tubeless just yet, so I'll probably throw some UST saguros with tubes on the wheels, just to get me rolling.

    Don told me to get an adjustable spacer, like the one Problem Solvers makes. Is there any reason not to use a starnut in my head tube?
    Cool, It took quite a bit of work with a hone to get my eriksen post to fit but worth it for sure, I am using the starnut. I know don has a knife (for slicing melon on long rides, a whole other story) in his fork tube so the spacer is the way to go, but there is probably more to it than that.

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    Beautiful frames. We need more build pics..

    How do those "adjustable spacers" work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    Cool, It took quite a bit of work with a hone to get my eriksen post to fit but worth it for sure, I am using the starnut. I know don has a knife (for slicing melon on long rides, a whole other story) in his fork tube so the spacer is the way to go, but there is probably more to it than that.

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    Really? I have a straight thomson that just slid right in.

    Today I finally settled on a bottom bracket and crank combo. I had planned to use a phil ti - square taper with a white industries crank that I have. Then I started leaning towards trying an external BB but wasn't to thrilled with the choices. By this morning I'd settled on King until I realized that Hope has one too. I think the Hope might be a better choice for the north east, as it's made for the UK where even the Summers are wet and mucky. So it's Hope and a 170mm Surly Mr. Whirly, at least until Middleburn make something that will work.

    Some Swissstop green rat pads are about all I need now...

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    Rich starts the build...

    It's just as well I'm naturally patient because this has taken longer than I expected Mostly because I changed my mind about some of the parts I wanted to use...

    Anyway here is the start of number 51's build;


    Initial setup on the Campagnolo Record OR brakes, with Swissstop green pads. It looks like they'll work though V-brakes would offer a cleaner looking setup.


    The front end.... no headset yet. Just an inside out rubber grip in the headtube for padding. I have a Hope headset coming.


    Hope Ceramic BB... when I ordered it I didn't realize it only comes in Red. Oh well...

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    PT, this post is my vote for "post of the year". Love these bikes, and your ride shots.

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    Built up for the first shake down!

    Well there were some issues with Surly's bottom bracket spindle, to the extent that I ended up using a square taper XT with some white industry cranks I had. The seatpost is an old ringle Moby that was gathering dust.... Eriksen should be here next week (according to UPS). Lastly, until I have my blacksheep bars on the bike I'm not sure how I'll end up stem and spacer wise. So there are more spacers on there now then you'd find at burning man.






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    That green came out real nice
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    Nicely done my friend!!!!!

    Choice of colors is great, and I can't wait to see it with all of the final touches. BTW-the campy brakes are a nice nice retro touch!

    Bon Voyage!

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    Just plain beautiful

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    Wow! well done Al #51 is beautiful I am look forward to hearing how she's riding for you.

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    Number 51 in the woods...

    Out at Allaire State Park. The 2 : 1 gearing is a bit much on the short steep uphill stuff. I'll have to dig up some extra teeth for the rear. As you can see I've not added bottle cages yet, so riding number 51 is thirsty work. I'll have to take care of that tonight.


    The Swissstop pads and Record OR brakes are more than up for the task. Ceramic open pros have worked very well with my tubeless set up too.


    This picture shows a little bit of the gold detailing on 51


    The black brooks swift is poached from my Fat Chance. I'll be replacing it with a honey swift soon. The cork grips, which work so well on my town bike, might be a bit fat for trail riding. I'll give them another couple of rides.

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