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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.

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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 Either, both, or none, may be out of date now.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.



    By the way sweet bike.
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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
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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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    Very cool! The more picts the better.

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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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