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    My FranKommuter!

    Is not ready yet!

    but I already know somethings:

    I'm going to call her "La Trurly" since the frameset will be 80% Trek and 20% Surly...yes..the other day at McAllen I ordered a 1x1 fork

    at the shop we check geometry, length, rake, etc and I just went for it.

    This will be my commuter project for this year! and I'm very excited about it!

    I already decided the new color ... which will include paint for the Frame, fork and fenders.

    I'll probably add a new Titec H bar handlebar, and since I'm shaving more than 2 pounds just by changing the fork...I'm thinking to go 1x8 to keep getting rid of things I won't need...will try to modify the crankset, take off the FD and add a chain guide...do I need it?....I saw one somewhere that is mounted as a FD but now I don't remember where I saw it.

    will be posting updates and more questions if needed...hope you guys don't mind to help me a little... please!!
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    I'd highly reccomend my 1x8 set up...I'm using a road double crankset up front, with no front derailleur, but I kept the two chainrings so I can drop it down to the smaller one for the occasional big climb. I keep it in the big ring for my commute. I have also mastered shifting it down to the smaller ring with my toe while riding. Super simple, versatile set-up.
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    hesitating a little... check this green guys... what do you think?....there is a frame in the pictures.

    geez the paint will cost 3x the paint job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    hesitating a little...
    Doh... that`s where the trouble starts!
    Three times as much for the job or just three times as much for the price of the powder itself? I thought most of the price of having something PCd was paying the guys to clean out their equipment after spraying your stuff. Personally, I think it`s kind of a shame to spray over those beautiful VO fenders, but it`ll look good either way. About the chain guide, why don`t you just put it back together without the FD and see if you need anything else? I don`t see why the chain wouldn`t stay on its ring all by itself for city riding.
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    hehe
    I called the guy at the PC shop yesterday asking if he can find the orange...and he didn't tell me about and extra charge for cleaning their equipment, in this case it could be possible because they only do white, yellow and black for caterpillar...I don't know...will ask him when I call him to see if he could find the color.

    the wife bike PC white job was 480 MXN (about 38 USD) so if I need to buy the color and there is no extra charge for the cleaning...yes...paint ~ 3 x labor.

    I think I'm going to go with the green now along with this on the H-bar...and probably a yellow bar tape.

    when doing the disassembling I'll ask the LBS If it is possible to remove the outer and inner ring for a cleaner look...if not well I'll do it just without the FD.

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    I didn`t mean there was an extra charge for cleaning- just that whenever they switch colors the time spent cleaning accounts for more of your cost than the cost of the materials on a small job. Your wife`s frame probably came out so cheap because they were already doing a job in the same white and if it`s three times as much for the green as for the orange it`s probably because they alread have an orange job, so don`t have to clean their gun.

    Yeah, you can take off the extra chainrings too- no problem. If you`re going to use the middle ring, the little one just goes in a box in your closet and you`ll need shorter bolts for the other one. Your LBS might even have some of those bolts hanging around and give them to you for free. I was talking about the FD/chain guide- you might as well just keep that part clean until you have some reason to put something there. If you have problems, you can easilly put the derailler back on without a cable to it or look into chain guides of some sort.
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    I like white bikes. Or brown. Or olive drab. On a 1x8 you don't need a FD to keep the chain on the chainring, but you will lose it time to time. Not the worst thing.

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    Thanks mtymxdh!

    ...thanks to mtymxdh my fork is here!

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    will try to do the swap asap, I'm close to find the paint, but hasn't been easy.

    just realize that the round tubes of the fork will kinda look weird with the oval tubes of the frame... but I guess that's what a frankenbike is all about, isn`t.
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    Definately go with GREEN!!!!

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    hey guys, about the tooth I lose, one of these on its shimano version will work right?

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=1569

    thanks!

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    Mmmm- I might be wrong, but I don`t think so. It says for Miche cassettes in Shimano or Campy flavors. I know people do surgery on cassettes though, so you might be able to manage something. Is the tooth causing a problem like it is?
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    actually, I didn't notice it until I clean the bike, not sounds or anything when I am in that cog, so I think I'll keep it that way for now.

    The same cassette cost 19$ so I think I'll wait for another failure or for when I need to change the whole thing.

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    ok guys, VeloOrange do not accept AMEX or paypal...*...this and the fact that I haven't found someone to give me the paint at a reasonable price is killing the dream of having frame and fender with the same color.

    Now I'm thinking on some Hardcore Fenders and have all the accessories on black and have the frame PCted later if I found the paint here somehow.

    I can always do it black or white with the guys who paint the wife's bike but I'm not into those colors right now.

    * thanks to our Venezuelan government (basically, once you leave the country you are F#$d up) and me being new in the MEX credit bureau put me in the "just have one AMEX operative CC" position.
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    What color is the bike now?
    These would dress it up: http://www.woodysfenders.com/store/
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    yeah those are nice! but I think they are way too nice for my franky...the bike is white:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4321699256/" title="Commuter 4500 - 24 by martinsillo, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2787/4321699256_c74aa30ecb.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Commuter 4500 - 24" /></a>

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    [QUOTE=martinsillo]yeah those are nice! but I think they are way too nice for my franky...the bike is white:

    black will go better, you're right

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    even for when the bike turns green? (hopefully)

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    ok I just stop the thinking and pulled the trigger...Black Cascadias on its 26" version are on its way.
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    If you get desperate, I think I have some "John Deere green" left over from painting my 25 year old rusting garden tractor/mower/snowblower this fall...I brushed it on but it came out pretty nice!

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    OOOOhhhh! That wooden rack and chainguard! I`ve seen the fenders before and they don`t look all that special by themselves (to me anyway , and I really do like nice wood) but when you put the other stuff together... YOWZA!
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    Ok, a couple of things are coming with the fenders: a new rack (Topeak Explorer) and an adjustable stem. I love the idea of having two, my plan is to put the future good lights on the lower one.

    I believe the bike will turn nice with all the "peripherals"

    ohhh yesterday the Bikebrightz arrived, they look very good on the seat-stays but I wasn't able to test them on the road, I'm finally getting rid of the strange cough and then it start to rain here (the wife practically hide my helmet)

    I also decided to take the Ergons from the Pugs project so I also bought new grips to replace those, which I think will suit better that project.

    Right now I'm torn between if I want the bigger version of the Topeak trunk bag I have or to change to panniers.

    I'm taking the clothes on the mini-trunk bag and strapping a second little bag with my lunch on top of it. I would love to have my lunch on a different bag so I think I like the Idea of a pannier for the clothes and use the mini-trunk for the lunch but for this I would need to check if both will really fit on the rack.

    Besides the paint, I believe the bike is done.

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    I will tell you if need it right now I'm also believing on leave it on the black and white scheme it will turn when I swap the fork and put the new stuff

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    I knew I saw a simple design somewhere.

    http://www.paulcomp.com/chainkeeper.html

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    I'm liking this one

    Mackenzie Single

    news on the paint...some guys at another PC shop have been looking for a paint pretty much since the beginning and they just told me that they were able to get a couple of free samples from their suppliers, and although they weren't the tone I was looking for, this guys have been very diligent and kind so the new plan is to disassemble the bike and pick the best green they found.

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    Pannier is on its way....after some emails with Topeak supprt service I just take the risk, they couldn't know if the trunk bag and pannier will actually work at the same time on the rack.

    I did some "on screen" measurements and I believe they'll work..crossing fingers.

    I'm going to be in trouble at home..."honey, I just bought what I have missing for my commutes" (have missing?)

    but then I want the bar end lights, the lightweights, a good front light... but I think that will be all for a while, I need to save some for the paint job.

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    What panniers?
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    ^^^
    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    I'm liking this one

    Mackenzie Single
    According to what I saw the rack is 1 inch wider than the trunk bag, the hook of the pannier is not too big so I think I'm going to be fine with the half inch free on each side...and the trunk bag is a little flexible on the sides...we'll see
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    the bike is going to be disassembled today...if finish on time, tomorrow is going for a paint striping and then for a paint job on Monday (probably Tuesday)...

    this will put me again on our car... but I guess won't fell too bad this time

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    Good job! Go Green!

    the guys sent me a pic of the paint!!!
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    I think you may have to re-name it "Kermit" ("It's Not Easy Being Green")
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    I like this green because it goes with a site -blog that I just started this week...is in Spanish though, but is me basically talking about my commuter experiences in a non bike friendly city like MTY and some other stuff, trips, bikes, and so on....just letting people know that it's doable and fun.

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    Me gusta tu "blog"! Pero, no comprendo "MTY" - donde estas?

    [Forgive my high school spanish from 30 yrs ago!]

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    Thanks! hehehe...Monterrey, Mexico.

    your spanish was good btw

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    Kermit.
    żEs que Rene ya no anda por ese rumbo?
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    hehehe no se, la verdad nunca vi el show may be is my age, I'm 28, I grow up with the remains of Transformers, Mazinger Z, Day Apollon and other similar. No Sesame Street for me either...don't know, just wasn't into those.

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    ????
    They don`t have it anymore? The last time I saw it was only about a year ago (in US). There were a few new characters I didn`t recognise and Cookie Monster had changed his ways, now prefering broccoli to cookies- blasphemy! I don`t remember if Kermit/Rene was on.
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    I think it's still on the air here...they were celebrating like 40something years I think

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    this is what they did...

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4335286253/" title="La Trurly - 6 by martinsillo, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4335286253_dbbb91c5c6.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="La Trurly - 6" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4335285961/" title="La Trurly - 5 by martinsillo, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4335285961_b607a3f4e1.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="La Trurly - 5" /></a>

    thinking on a bash guard or something

    bike paint is being removed.

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    Ok, I just deliver the frameset to the PC'ers...in the shop I could saw the greens they found...and now I'm thinking that the one I choose is too bright (the one in the right)...I just ask them if they can do a mix of this two paints and try to lower the tone a bit...so...I'm waiting for an answer at the moment...
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    have you seen a green cheetah?.......I'll post some pics...

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    No, but I had a piggy bank like this from the gas station
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    Jeez-Louise, Martin! I understand wanting to do a nice job on your bike, but stop torturing yourself already! You wanted green, get it done in green (any green that`s pretty close), and stop worrying about it!
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    I know I know, at the end I just told them to do what they could in terms of mixing the paints...and I actually sensed some rejection about doing it, so...we'll see this Friday how it ends.

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    ... and if we just ... just out of the oven!

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    ooh it's beautiful! Congatulations on the birth of your new green baby

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    thanks! I'm loving the mix did lower the bright tone....just a bit

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    just pick it up...awesome!!! ...flash pics don't favor at all

    later will leave it for pre-assembly...tomorrow I'll be picking up the parts at Mcallen...hope to be ready for test on Monday afternoon and first commute on Tuesday

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    can't help it....I need to share

    couple sunny and one in studio (aka office)
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    Very cool. Nothing like having a unique bike. I like that green a lot.

    Might want to run a tap through those fender mounting holes if you intend to run it with fenders...
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    Pannier is on its way....after some emails with Topeak supprt service I just take the risk, they couldn't know if the trunk bag and pannier will actually work at the same time on the rack.

    I did some "on screen" measurements and I believe they'll work..crossing fingers.
    OK....the pannier is not here yet (niagara s$&s in shipping), testing the trunk bag with the rack, I can`t see this with a happy ending...I won't install the rack until the pannier is here...thinking on solutions.

    the wife gave me the beacon mtb bar-end lights as a valentine...they are on its way.

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    Huh? Why can`t (won`t) you put the rack on without panniers? I keep a rear rack permanently on mine even though I only use it once in a while.

    Is it ready to ride otherwise? You could always use it for your commute wearing a backpack or whatever you did before, while you wait for the panniers.
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    my current setup is using the "seatpost rack" with the small trunk bag for my clothes change and a mini backpack with my lunch strapped on top of it (which sometimes end up in the middle of the road).

    My plan is/was to upgrade a little the same setup...larger rack..clothes on the pannier and lunch in the small trunk bag...the issue here is that apparently the pannier and the trunk bag won't fit together in this rack...I'm thinking, if that actually happens, on getting a larger one (super tourist) and sell this one (explorer)

    ohh and I bought just the single version of the panniers...so that s%&s too...if I were bought a pair I could have just forgot about the trunk bag...and use the rack I got.

    I'll pick up the bike tomorrow, install the cascadias and take some pics.
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    Cool. What color are you going to paint the pannier?
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    can I? tell me where....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Very cool. Nothing like having a unique bike. I like that green a lot.

    Might want to run a tap through those fender mounting holes if you intend to run it with fenders...
    I apparently needed to do that...

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    don't even have the right to be mad

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    done...

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4364215248/" title="DSC_0067 by martinsillo, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4364215248_3584a31bb2.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="DSC_0067" /></a>

    well...pretty much

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    Yay! It really does look nice- were you able to ride it to work after all?
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    Looks snappy - enjoy!

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    thanks!

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    tomorrow will be the first commute ride...didn't want to do it without the fenders

    I did a test ride a minutes ago... awesome...just need to get used to the Kg that I now don't have in the front of the bike...
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    So I take it you found the tap you were looking for? Hopefully, you didn`t have any trouble getting the screw out.
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    yes, I was able to get the screw out with a little help...

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4364308298/" title="DSC_0064 by martinsillo, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4061/4364308298_2e15efe56a.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="DSC_0064" /></a>

    then I just play a little with a new screw...with some patience...was all I needed.

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    sorry...double post

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    Nice Martin, really nice!
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