• 04-09-2010
    Poutineyum
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    Love it, love it, love it, love it (Bside + Woodchipper + Velour content)
    So, I converted an old kona unit to 650B last spring and enjoyed it so much that I built up a Soma Bside. All was good, but I was missing my old Midge bar setup (the Mary just wasn't cutting it). I loved the feel of the Midge, but always felt a little funny about the shortness of the bar ends. As soon as I saw the Woodchipper bar, I had to give it shot, and since I'd be needing a new fork with an uncut steerer, I would give my aging elbows and hands a break, and try out a Velour (Velvet) fork at the same time.

    All of this has been said in one form or another, but setup right, these bars provide a perfect climbing position and added confidence downhill. For me, the setup is fairly straight forward. First, I set the height by finding the spot where I feel comfortable climbing seated or standing, i.e., if it's too high, I feel like I have to stand up to climb in a good position. The second adjustment is the tilt. What I do is ride with my hands open (with fingers spread) on the drops on a flat or slightly uphill trail, and pay attention to which way my hands shift on bumps. The goal is to get the tilt set so that small bumps leave my unclenched hands in roughly the same spot. If they tend to creep one way or the other, I make the appropriate adjustment until I find that nice neutral spot. For shifting, the dura ace 9 speed bar end shifter played nicely with an old Shimano 600 derailleur.

    The fork? Well, my last suspension fork was a '97 Manitou SXR. I know the Velour is relatively rudimentary, but these things have come a long way in ten or so years. I was worried that I would miss the point and shoot feel of the rigid fork, but I honestly didn't notice any difference in handling precision. After thirty minutes, the fork just sort of disappeared all together. I'm sure it bobbed quite a bit on climbs, but I didn't really notice. It let me just enjoy the ride.

    So, anyone thinking of doing a setup like this- go for it. And Kirk, can you please design a 650b tire specifically for climbing wet roots?:D
  • 04-09-2010
    reformed roadie
    I think he did, he just has to change the batter in the mold ;)

    I don't know, but it looks like those dropouts would be a major pain to deal with with a geared set-up.
  • 04-09-2010
    intheways
    Sweet setup! I just got my Woodchippers the other day. First ride this weekend.
  • 04-09-2010
    Poutineyum
    dropouts
    Yup. they are a compromise for sure. Can't use a quick release because the disc side moves. I just have to remember to carry a 15mm wrench for flats.
  • 04-09-2010
    MMcG
    Maybe have some local New England builder fab you up a custom stem for those bars?
  • 04-09-2010
    newenglandbike
    Hot! Are the woodchippers 25.4mm clamp only?
  • 04-09-2010
    Poutineyum
    custom stem
    mmmmmmm....that's a nice idea! Something steel, painted in the same baby poo orange......:thumbsup:
  • 04-09-2010
    Poutineyum
    clamp diameter
    Thanks. The bar comes in 25.4 and 31.8. I have a collection of 25.4 stems so I went with that.
  • 04-09-2010
    MMcG
    I like your Sheldon Brown sticker on the top tube too.
  • 04-09-2010
    Poutineyum
    Sheldon sticker
    Sheldon is a reminder to enjoy every ride.
  • 04-09-2010
    misterdangerpants
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MMcG
    I like your Sheldon Brown sticker on the top tube too.

    Ditto. I was actually over at Harris Cyclery yesterday to pick up my 650B rims (Velocity Synergy).
  • 04-09-2010
    elrancho66
    sheldon stikkers?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MMcG
    I like your Sheldon Brown sticker on the top tube too.

    Are the Sheldon stikkers still available? Anyone?? Love to get a couple for myself and my Flagstaff/4 Corner compadres who are fans of Mr. Brown
    thanks:thumbsup:
  • 04-09-2010
    Poutineyum
    Sheldon Stickers
    I'll see if they've still got a stack on the counter and send you some if they do. I'll pm you if I can get them.
  • 04-09-2010
    Poutineyum
    Newton too, etc
    Not to derail my own thread, but hey you guys from Newton and surrounding area (I live about a 1/2 mile towards moody st from Harris). Heading to Great Brook on Sunday at some point. Let me know if you want to come along......
  • 04-10-2010
    88 rex
    Nice!!! I like it a lot.