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    My Commuter?

    I recently developed a hankering to do aim for completing the Cascade Creampuff , a longer distance race in my area. I wanted to start riding the local trails after work and school, which would require two things- a fast ride for the commute and something that could handle mud and steep slopes. I searched for a cross bike.

    I ended up trading my Soma Rush for a 120mm spaced cross frame and fork. Because of the mud and slope, I doubted whether I could manage SS, or even dingle, so this posed a problem for me.



    I cold set the rear drop outs to 130mm, used a p clamp for a cable stop and found a derailer tab. For cable routing I found two clamps. At the bottom bracket there is a cable stop with a piece of housing zip tied to the seatpost. It works, so there is that, and it routes on the top of the bottom bracket, which should reduce clogging.



    At the top of the downtube I have a simple cable stop.

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    I spent yesterday putting it together and right at the end found out I didn't have a long enough cable for my rear derailer, so I ad hoc'ed a bit. So far this is working, but I only have a couple miles under my belt. I might decide to get a longer cable, but I will be getting a couple clamps and see how long it works/shifts well.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/HNLBZ7wfUlxjLweOiBBF3Q?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_sUSecbkOXA8/TJaCH2BctPI/AAAAAAAALlI/5qZXz_KdGaU/s144/DSC_0005.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/umarth/GreenGunnar?feat=embedwebsite">Green Gunnar</a></td></tr></table>

    Here is the mostly complete bike. I need to play around with some of the bike, and I want to get a long ride in before I make a handlebar commitment...

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    Haha- I love it! Not sure whether it`s the Okie cable splice or the P-clamp housing stop that puts the biggest smile on my face. Yeah, it must be the cable splice- even if you gots no carbon, at least you gots some tie
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    at least you gots some tie
    Nice bike, and nice zinger!

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    Very nice! Looks like a fun project. I love the cross bike that I recently purchased as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Yeah, it must be the cable splice- even if you gots no carbon, at least you gots some tie
    I'm expecting the Pun Regulation Committee to come through with a hefty fine for that one.

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    The front derailleur cable routing is very old-school. Used to be that everything ran above the bottom bracket - there were even guides brazed on to facilitate it.

    You have it off-road yet?
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    The front derailleur cable routing is very old-school. Used to be that everything ran above the bottom bracket - there were even guides brazed on to facilitate it.

    You have it off-road yet?
    From what I've read, I thought the top routing might help keep the shifting fairly clean. I might switch it around to run the top tube. My old Bianchi "cross" bike had the brazed on guides and they never caused problems, so I hope that continues.

    I haven't taken it offroad yet. Maybe tomorrow or Wednesday. It is way stiffer than the other bike and the brakes really work well, which makes me happy because I haven't upped the brake pads to salmon kool stops.

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    I got some trails done on the bike yesterday. Sizzler and I did about 5 miles on singletrack (sort of) and then watched the cross series for a bit. I like the bike well, but the shifting needs to get dialed in and the rear derailer is a little soft for obvious reasons. Conditions in Oregon are getting a little slick, so even though I have slightly better cross tires, Sizzler had to do some waiting.

    I had hellish brake shuddering and when I went over the bike again, it turns out that I can pull the star nut all the way out. Not good. I'm using loctite on it and will give it a whirl this evening.

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    My favorite umarth quote from yesterday's roadside repair session: "Which bolt do you think I need the least?"

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