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    Rode it.

    Also this weekend, ordered a shorter and taller stem to bring me back and up a little more with less weight on my hands and more erect posture possible, but still allowing for "digging in" when fighting a headwind, etc.

    Also ordered an Axiom Journey rear rack, and looked at possibilities for front racks.

    Also dug out the original front steel fork with rack braze-ons to re-install when the new stem comes in.





    Also located a decent looking used Ortlieb Office Bag (large). I hope to have it on the way soon. And am negotiating with someone on a very, very lightly used set of Ortlieb Back-Roller classic bags. He is still a little higher than I want to pay, but he has hardly used these things. I only really need one, as I plan to use the Office bag on the other side, but it does not hurt to have an extra.

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    Swapped my snow tires off! Had to go back to the old tires, though I put the tire with the most tread on the back. Fiddled with things, dropped some oil onto a few frequent problem areas. Hopefully the weather stays clear and I can give the damn bike a good deep clean in a few weeks. Been holding off on new cables and... housings? I'm totally spacing on the name right now. Also figured out what's going on with my front brakes: I'm an idiot and put the rubber band for mounting my new light around the brake cable housing just above the secondary brake lever, giving it just a *bit* more tension.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Picked up a new bike today, so I've been going over everything. 2008 (I think) Cannondale X6 cyclocross bike. Ultegra group with upgraded Dura Ace crank. Spent the evening cleaning the chain, setting up the canti brakes (yikes), switching out rims and treads and saddles and adjusting stems and bar angles and so on and so forth.

    But I'm stoked to see how this thing is gonna go. Need to install fenders and drop it off at the shop for the brakes. I want to be there when they do the whole measurement stuff for the proper setup of cantilevers. It's stuff I need to know and would never learn unless I was able to watch someone else do it.
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    Converted the 29er back to summer mode - ditched the studs and gears.

    Going to try a bigger gear this year. The last 3 summers I've run 33x18, which is okay for the commute but not great. But on the trails I've noticed that there are either hills I can make, or hills I can't, and there's not really much in the middle. So I'm going to try 33x16 for a bit, and hopefully I'll only end up walking an extra hill or two. If that doesn't work I've got a spare 32t chainring I can try out later to ease things up.

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    I put brake pads on!!
    EFFIN BRAKE PAAAADS!!

    I know, not a big deal, but my maguras were coming to the bar!
    Far too many close calls this past week.
    Called 8 shops. One had a single set (nice if ya like skidding) but finally found a shop with a full set "somewhere in the basement".
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    I just replaced brake pads, today, too. FYI, Koolstop Tectonic inserts don't fit thin line holders (the same standard that pretty much everyone uses).

    The good news is that they seem to be okay after a bit of razor trimming and sanding down the back. Going to hold off replacing the back ones until I know they won't fail catastrophically.

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    I rode in on a brand new set of Continental Contact touring tires this morning. Not the lightest tires around but they have built in puncture protection and I prefer stout to light any day. So sweet to take off the winter knobbies.
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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Wound up having to swap the entire fork. I had a new brake boss on order, but apparently they don't make them in that size anymore and didn't tell anyone. So, I now have a full carbon fork and steer tube with Campy road calipers, and still running Tektro Oryx cantis in the back, although I'll probably swap those for some mini V's or something more powerful as I'm able.

    Gonna have to figure out how I'm gonna mount a front fender. The calipers and lack of mounts kinda makes for an interesting challenge, but with the super wet summers we have here in Florida, not having fenders on a commuter just isn't an option. The rear should go on just fine, but that front has me scratching my head.

    Also need to push my saddle back a little bit. I've got some terrible lower back pain, and when I looked in to it I found that having a cramped distances between the saddle and bars causes pressure on the vertebrae in the lumbar area, which sucks.
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    installed SLX disc brakes. massive gain in power over the CX-77s.

    Nothing was really wrong with the CX-77s. I just wanted something that stopped my 270 pounds a little easier.

    the extra hose is looped up and in front of my handlebars. I'll be trimming them when I'm in the shop this week.

    good lord these brakes are awesome. I've got a stiffer front wheel that should be here monday. suffice it to say I am incredibly stoked.

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    Re: What have you done to your commuter today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    Wound up having to swap the entire fork. I had a new brake boss on order, but apparently they don't make them in that size anymore and didn't tell anyone. So, I now have a full carbon fork and steer tube with Campy road calipers, and still running Tektro Oryx cantis in the back, although I'll probably swap those for some mini V's or something more powerful as I'm able.

    Gonna have to figure out how I'm gonna mount a front fender. The calipers and lack of mounts kinda makes for an interesting challenge, but with the super wet summers we have here in Florida, not having fenders on a commuter just isn't an option. The rear should go on just fine, but that front has me scratching my head.

    Also need to push my saddle back a little bit. I've got some terrible lower back pain, and when I looked in to it I found that having a cramped distances between the saddle and bars causes pressure on the vertebrae in the lumbar area, which sucks.
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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    I moved my speedo from my old bike to my new bike. I like looking down to see that im dogging it. Biked 7 times in april, have dropped from 39 minutes to 30.4 mintes (had to get the winter kinks out), hoping to break 30 next week. Last summer i made it in 27 minutes on a 26" would love to break 25 minutes this summer on my 29er.
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    I don't think the Sheldon Fender Nut is going to work. I'm dealing with a carbon fork with no mounts. I'm thinking I'll have to do a downtube guard with a rear fender, as much as that screws with my desire for symmetrical ascetic.
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    So you have a Campy sidepull mounted through the crown of the fork? I assume the steering tube provides a hole under the crown above the tire? If so, I discovered that a PVC plumbing cap fit the inside diameter of the crown's steering tube end. Drilling a hole across the caps through its side lets you suspend it from the brake mounting bolt with the cap top down. A hole drilled in the center of the cap top with a short small bolt in it lets you fasten the fender above the tire hidden under the crown.

    Sorry, I never took picture of it. P clamps with inner tube linings can handle the struts for the bottom end.

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    Installed my new Axiom Journey rear rack, and my new to me but used Ortlieb Office Bag for my laptop and work stuff. Plenty of heel room and fits great!

    Also, you can see my new one handed thermos that fits my bottle cage, for holding morning commute coffee. Very important!



    Here is the Axiom Journey without the bag on it.


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    Re: What have you done to your commuter today?

    Quote Originally Posted by sunvalleylaw View Post
    Installed my new Axiom Journey rear rack, and my new to me but used Ortlieb Office Bag for my laptop and work stuff. Plenty of heel room and fits great!

    Also, you can see my new one handed thermos that fits my bottle cage, for holding morning commute coffee. Very important!



    Here is the Axiom Journey without the bag on it.

    Lol I have the same rack (disc version) and bag (in grey)... Good combination!

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    Picked up some rear Ortlieb Panniers used today, in really good shape. Yes, orange can be ugly, unless you embrace it. I think they will be great!

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    Bought some new grips.....ordered new rear derailleur wheels since i was cleaning and found current ones cracked on the XTR rear derailleur and in preparation to receiving the dual control lx setup and swapping out the x9 and the x7 shifters. getting ready for a long week of parts swapping.

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    Stuck a second cog on my singlespeed today. The past few years I've run 33x18, which is a little too spiny on flats. This year I tried 33x16, but after a couple of rides it was clear it was too tall for trails. Switched to 32x16 and did a big ride today, and it was still too big for some trails.

    So I'm going to try it as a sortof dinglespeed, with one ring upfront, and a 16t and 18t in the back. I figure I'll have a higher "weekday" gear, and on the weekends I can slide the dropouts forward if I'm going to hit the harder trails. I might try a real dinglespeed setup later on with two rings and two cogs so that I won't have to keep adjusting the sliders, but to do that I'd need to pickup another cog.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Past few days have been quite busy on the Cannondale. Lubed all housing, changed out front fork, lubed brifters, and the usual maintenance. Tonight I carved out some of the recess in my shoes and elongated the slots for my SH56 cleats. I'm going for a more midfoot position. I did it a little in the back work room at the office today before leaving and not once did I have to come off the 53t ring. I understand I'm just a "masher", but I set some PR's on Strava and still feel like I have fresh legs after a hard 18 miles. Cool stuff.

    About to lube my saddle rails. I've got a creak and I swear that's where it's coming from.
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    What have you done to your commuter today?



    Slots cutout and part of the sole removed. Cleats pushed toward the sole by 13 mm. Was different, but strangely natural around the block. Looking forward to giving it a good 18 mile run tomorrow morning.
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    Just installed some Avid SD7 brakes and SD7 levers with some Koolstop pads. I got my Ergon GP1 grips last week along with my Blackburn trunk bag. Getting a set of Ortlieb back roller classics just deciding on color.

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    Swapped the bars from 680mm to 720, added a second cage.

    Need to diagnose a clunk in the drive train which only happens above 50kph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moxnix View Post
    Swapped the bars from 680mm to 720, added a second cage.

    Need to diagnose a clunk in the drive train which only happens above 50kph.
    50kph? Not sure if serious or a typo?
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    50kph? Not sure if serious or a typo?
    That's about 31mph. I hit that going down hills every day. Not impossible.

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    I need to diagnose the creak in the BB I replaced 2 months ago, probably more grease and careful application of the torque wrench. BTW FSA Power Drive BBs are almost impossible to find, I got lucky and scored a 118mm from a Trek dealer. I also need to adjust the Hayes MX-2 brakes since they are getting slack, I think I may need to get new pads this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    50kph? Not sure if serious or a typo?
    Serious, but it is only a few kms. The speed limit down the hill is 50 and I really dislike riding the brakes on the parallel bike path. 200 meters of elevation loss in 1.5kms.
    I'm fairly certain it is my cassette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moxnix View Post
    Serious, but it is only a few kms. The speed limit down the hill is 50 and I really dislike riding the brakes on the parallel bike path. 200 meters of elevation loss in 1.5kms.
    I'm fairly certain it is my cassette.
    Chased a guy on a cross bike down about 1.6 km of commuting flat, no wind slight grade down with the river....started at 48.8 kph ended at 44 kPh....50 kph is completely doable...

    Fun part we then have to slow do a 180 and climb a short steep hill back up to the road...

    Buddy jumps off and runs the hill just like a cross bike.

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    ^^ Cat 6 cyclocross! That's intense.
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    I added on set of v brakes today and had my lock on grips machined on one of the easton clamps to go from closed and to open to allow bar ends.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Took my speedo off and useless front fender, installed the handle bar mount for my lifeproof case on my stem. Moved my bell under my bars tucked up to my shifter, looks alot cleaner and less commuter like.

    Have blue tooth headphones coming from amazon, under seat bag, co2 pump, bottle cage, squeeze bottle water bottle coming in from mec.

    Will be great to have water and tools on me during lunch rides and not need a pack.
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    Received and fitted Ortlieb Back Rollers. Really, not much to fit, as they were adjusted to work perfectly on my rack as is. I found these for basically 2 for one on craigslist. They were not even used but sat in an attic. Unfortunately one got snagged on a nail so I have to repair a small rip. no big deal, especially as this second one was basically free. I will mostly use just one (except for touring) as I will be using my office bag for work stuff and a back roller for clothes, lunch, etc.

    Also, you can see my bike with my front road wheel on it (but brake not connected) as I am playing around with the idea of using 700c wheels front and rear, or maybe even running it as a commuting 69'er.

    Hoping to get that rigid fork back on there soon. Been busy, so haven't found time to tackle the project yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solarplex View Post
    Took my speedo off ..........
    TMI



    Sorry, I couldn't pass that one up.
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    New cages (that match), I had a mis-matched but my CDO (OCD in alphabetical order) took over. New Mallets, bought orange 2s, to see if they'd match the Spec Ops- no go so the orange go on the commuter and the silver get fatty duty.

    I'm on a Scott Aspect 910 and looking for a good rear fender other than seat post or seat tube.

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    Installed new TRP HY/RD brakes. I had enough troubles with the old ones that TRP replaced them for me.


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    Couple of things today. First, I finally got my original fork back on, replacing a heavy, old, Rock Shox. A friend of mine let me work on it in his bike shop, and helped me a bit along the way. The frame looks way better with that curvy old fork back on, IMHO.



    Second, it was free new and old stuff day! A frame builder friend of mine just gave me brand new Planet Bike Fenders, an old set of Blackburn lights, and a new Ortlieb handlebar bag. I won't need the handle bar bag commuting, but it will come in handy touring.



    Not a bad day!

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Quote Originally Posted by junior1210 View Post
    TMI



    Sorry, I couldn't pass that one up.
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    New chain and a basically new cassette that was on my studded wheelset went on the commuter last night. Shifting bliss this morning. I went through the whole fleet with the chain checker last night and they were all great except the commuter... let it go too long. A hint of shark-tooth going on with the cassette, but the front chainrings look good.
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    What have you done to your commuter today?-img_20140411_102239143.jpg

    Been screwing with it since mid April, messing with seat height and angle and whatever. I don't know if it'll work out for me, I certainly haven't hit a position that's super comfy yet. I got measured on an ass-o-meter and then they recommended some $140 seats, which is kinda out of my price range.

    Ordered a new helmet too since I smacked my current one into the ground pretty hard over the winter. That'll be here Wednesday, probably.

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    If you make them give you the measurements from the ass-O-meter, you can use it to grab a good 36 dollar seat. Which is what I did. It's still Specialized. It's just not gimmicky.

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    Installed a new Gatorskin (wire bead) rear tire; and installed new Avid v-brake pad inserts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    If you make them give you the measurements from the ass-O-meter, you can use it to grab a good 36 dollar seat. Which is what I did. It's still Specialized. It's just not gimmicky.
    I did, but I had a lot of trouble finding measurements for the cheap seats I was looking at. The Terry I just picked because it had the biggest soft tissue cutout/channel, as far as I could tell visually.

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    Go to a Specialized dealer and have them measure your sit bone distance, then you select a saddle with that measurement.

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    Took a stick near the front wheel that tore off my homemade crudcatcher.

    (the sharkfin-thing on the fork seen here from a few weeks ago)
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    Cost me nothing (except a patent infringement on this), and it was the best fender I'd found for my freakish manitou reverse-arch fork. But I also didn't have a lot of mud clearance with my new 2.4 tire, so I'm not sure if I'll make another one.

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    5 day on my new fork

    Fox 32 Fit with CTD...

    Nice lock out function zero pedal bob....but still softens the curbs etc.

    Old fork took a beating cause of a bad SKF seal from PUSH...I will not send another fork to them...just as easy to do it yourself and you can use the Enduro seals that are light years ahead of anything else I have tried.

    THe CTD lever will have to be moved cause I put it where a rest my hands on the brake reserviors when just easy riding around.

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    ^ good to hear that you like the enduro seals. I just rebuilt my fork with them over the winter.

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    Replaced my chain, cassette and big ring. The cassette and big ring lasted over 12,000 miles. Actually while looking at the cassette I realized that only one of the cogs is really worn and so I hunted around without luck for a single replacement cog. Finally gave up and bought a new cassette.

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    On my TriCross I did some major adjustments. The bike was comfortable. Almost too comfortable. The cockpit setup reminded me of a cruiser, and that is what I felt like I was riding when I was on it. Handlebar height was too high, saddle too low, so I changed that up. Yanked a spacer, flipped the stem, adjusted the handlebar angle, brake lever angle, and buttoned it all back up. Raised the seatpost just a little bit, not more than a 1/2 of an inch if that and leveled out the saddle the best that I could.

    It feels like a whole new bike now!!! I have grown accustomed to the racer feel of my SS even with a 10 degree stem on there. It isn't slammed but it is definitely racer like. Now my other bike feels a lot more like that than a cruiser. I just wanted it to feel more like a road bike than anything, and I think that I got it. I may need to make some more really minor adjustments, like the saddle again, but for the most part, it is a done deal. Not going to trade it off now. In fact, I am probably going to go ahead and order a disc compatible orange Aerospoke wheel for the front. I love it on my SS, so why not? This bike doesn't go off road, in fact, it has been off the pavement once since I got it.

    Pretty ecstatic right now to be honest. Almost got rid of it because it just didn't feel right. Glad that I decided to make the changes.
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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Was finally able to remove a brake boss that had become fuzed itself inside of the canti lever, with the mounting screw fuzed inside of the boss. I finally said screw it, and cut off the canti arm from around the boss with my Dremel and used a torch to finally break the bond. So, I'm now in the process of putting back on the original fork with V brakes all the way around and my fenders installed for rainy season.

    I didn't ride at all last week with my work schedule being so insane. I was able to talk my manager into letting me take home my work truck, even though it's against all sorts of policies, so that helped immensely.

    So, I'm just getting rid of old stuff, and acquiring what I need to finish my true commuter conversion.
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    Just Plasti-Dipped my Aerospoke on the fakie. This turned out better than I had expected. Waiting for it to dry, then I will peel the dip off the tire, clean everything up and reinstall it. I used the old fork that came with the bike, put the wheel in it, took my work stand outside, and held it horizontally with the steerer tube in the clamp. Not worried about the fork as it is a piece of garbage that I just happened to still have. Spun the wheel, and since the bearings in there are perfect, it spins for days. Gave it a spin, and starting spraying.

    I had purchased the wheel used, so there were some scratches in it, a few light gouges in the finish, and it was bugging me. Now it is a perfect matte black finish. Everything was covered up with the dip. Still debating on doing the entire frame now.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    I've wanted to refinish my frame in matte black for some time, but the amount of work involved and my laziness just can't get it done.
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    I just took my commuter completely apart. to send the frame in on warranty. It came from the factory misaligned. thus far it has been a slight headache dealing with the LBS on the issue. but they agree the issue exists.

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    ^ was that a Straggler, or am I getting confused?

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    It was indeed a Straggler.

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    Went to a Cannondale dealer today looking for a washer that slides on the brake boss that the tension spring goes in to to adjust lever tension. And then I found it. I thought I had time warped it into forever gone land, but nope. So now I have to pick up the fork and other washer tomorrow, and then I'll be installing some Single Digit 5 v brakes and some travel agents so that I can fit my fenders on and have a real commuter again.
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    I'm running Single Digit 5's on two bikes. Such a great intersection of cost and quality. I've run the 7s and honestly didn't find them worth the extra cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    I'm running Single Digit 5's on two bikes. Such a great intersection of cost and quality. I've run the 7s and honestly didn't find them worth the extra cost.
    I've used several different brands of V brakes. Shimano, Trektro, and others. But I rode a buddy's cross bike with Single Digit 5's, and thought the same thing. Awesome and well balanced mix of quality, weight, and price. I've heard that the material the SD 7's are made of have less flex and therefore more braking power, but I never noticed it. Especially not for such a big jump in price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    It was indeed a Straggler.
    The shop couldn't bend the steel back into place, or you didn't want them to? Or was it too bad for that?

    And when I needed v-brakes a couple of years ago, I justified the Single Digit 7s because they came with the reuseable brake pad holders, which knocks $5 off the price difference between them and the 5s. Their adjustment screw also has a hexhead, which is so much nicer than the standard philips/flat and is totally worth another $5. (yeah, I'm not convincing myself either...I really just thought they were prettier, and figured these were the last v's I'd ever buy so why not)

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    I've got hex head screws, and replaceable pad Kool Dtops to slap on them. I just need my Travel Agents to come in.
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    Hahaha! That is not a bad reason to buy the 7's. both brakes work great. So whatever gets your motor running is the right choice.

    The steel actually isn't bent. I've known since I took the frame home and started building that the drop outs were crooked. I asked my LBS to check it 3 times and they dodged it. So I had them write a work order the 4th time I brought it in for that (As well as routing Alfine servicing) and they did absolutely nothing to the bike other than set it out on the sales floor where customers could play with it.

    Add to this the fact that when I went in to pick up the frame the day it was in, they had already opened it. set it on the floor and scuffed the paint ever so slightly (what can I say, I'm a princess)

    So this fifth time I went in there and got mean. I didn't want to get mean, I buy these guys beer regularly just because I know I'm a picky, know it all customer. but it was just too much. Someone spends 600 dollars on something, you don't get to open it up and play with it. then not store it properly. you don't get to dodge checking something under warranty and blame my "cheap" wheels for the problem.

    especially when I come in there and prove the problem exists in about 45 seconds.

    the drive side chain stay appears to be welded on at the wrong angle. side to side spacing is perfect. everything else is true. but the drop outs are not in the same spot front to back, making it impossible to use the wheel with a normal derailler set-up. I am going to powder coat the frame soon. and I want it to be NOT defective when I do.

    What bums me out is I am riding my New Old Stock 95 Rockhopper until I get the Straggler back. I JUST put a set of SD5s on it. and I have some trigger shifters coming in the mail to replace the Grip Shifts.

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    Had a Shimano M525 setup fixed gear with a VeloSolo cog 16t. The hub exploded on a ride and some of the parts went flying off, luckily I have a spare wheel to use, so while doing the wheel swap I gave the commuter some TLC.

    1. Pulled cranks; re-greased everything
    2. Greased seatpost and seatpost clamp bolt
    3. Greased stem bolts
    4. Swapped brake lever to old XTR lever; Avid lever was bent
    5. Put 3 scoops of Stan's in rear wheel setup tubeless (no flats here please)
    6. Replaced ESI Chunky grips, were shredded, with a pair of Ergons I had sitting around; greased Ergon bolts
    7. Adjusted BB7 brake pads
    8. Added two king cages on front fork (holds my beers )
    9. Re-greased pedals
    10. Re-greased Paul WORD disc bolts and front hub skewers
    11. Checked all bolts to make sure they are all snugly down

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    Do you commute on that?
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    Yes I do. Most of my commuting is around Minneapolis. The most I really would do for miles on this 30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post

    THe CTD lever will have to be moved cause I put it where a rest my hands on the brake reserviors when just easy riding around.
    I'm really struggling with this on my new MTB that has a dropper post. That dang lever kills me when my hands instinctively go to that spot. Can't really move it because of the rigid line coming out of it for the first few inches of cable (cable routing is sweet, but the lever has to sit right there behind the brake reservoir.)
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    Been listening to a noise from the RD for the past while...

    No matter how I adjusted the tension nothing got rid of it.

    Finally caught it up on the stand...turns out the upper jockey wheel slide over to the outboard side and has been rubbing on the RD...along with some of the chain...

    So betcha I just wore out a jockey wheel...

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    ^^ Nice when it's the cheaper problem.


    I got the 'ol Nashbar 'cross frame down from the rafters last night and started swapping parts around... There are a couple Strava road segments around here that I just can't conquer with a 44 tooth big ring Everyone needs a "gravel bike" now, right?

    Question: if all the hipsters are starting to ride "gravel bikes" now, but I was riding a disc braked 'cross bike before it was cool, what will I be when I put this thing together?
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    hopefully you'll be riding your bike.

    I just wanted a road bike that handled my weight and general abuse. I'm not to thrilled for the title, but I'm happy for the movement.

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    CB is going to stand for "Cool Beforeitwascool" now.
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    Re: What have you done to your commuter today?

    Rebuilt my wheels

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    Surly Ultra New Hubs, WTB Chriscross rims (tubeless!), and Sapim Laser spokes (blue alloy nips). Saved almost 2 pounds off the original wheels.

    By the way, if anyone ever goes to build something with DT Revolutions or Sapim Lasers, Sapim's alloy nipples have a surface treatment that helps reduce friction. Makes compensating for wind-up way easier.

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    I gave my wheels a facelift. Did the front earlier this week. Was a gloss finish, but showed some scratches and usage as I purchased the wheel used. Rear was plain white with black spokes. Left the tires right on the wheel, and went to town. Used the original fork that came with the bike for the front and put it in my stand. For the rear I simply put the bike in the stand by the seatpost, and sprayed downwards at the bottom of the wheel as I spun the wheel. They came out perfectly. Best part about it? Completely removable. I just peel it, and it all comes off, leaving nothing behind.

    Paint? Nope.

    Plasti-Dip. Can be found at Lowe's, Home Depot, Menard's, etc. Comes in a spray can so you can find it right in the spray paint section. It is not paint, it is rubber.



    Seriously contemplating doing the whole bike. Just haven't decided on what color. If I don't like it, I simply peel it off.
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    Sweet. Can you give us a close-up of the texture?
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    Well, the texture really depends on the application. If you spray like I do, you end up with a pretty smooth surface, almost like the back of a rubberized cellphone case. It tends to smooth itself out after multiple coats. I can try to get some close up pictures, but the camera on my phone leaves a little to be desired. Maybe if I can get the right light......
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    I got this last year on a close out deal at bikeisland.com for $129.00. This past week I've replaced the handlebars, brake levers, brake pads, installed SPD pedals, replaced the seat with one I had in the parts bin, and installed a new 17t free wheel. She is just about done!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Been listening to a noise from the RD for the past while...

    No matter how I adjusted the tension nothing got rid of it.

    Finally caught it up on the stand...turns out the upper jockey wheel slide over to the outboard side and has been rubbing on the RD...along with some of the chain...

    So betcha I just wore out a jockey wheel...
    Turns out the jockey wheel is badly worn....and something probably salt is also slowing the RD movement when the spring pulls it back down the cassette...

    Gonna have to use the ultrasound machine to clean it up on the weekend.

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    Bought a new one

    Picked up a Shogun Samurai roadbike, plus shoes/helmet/lights/pump all for $200 off gumtree. Absolute bargain - the shoes are exustar carbon fibre (in my size!), pump is a giyo carbon fibre pump and everything looks like it's had less than a few months use.. Pics and more details to follow when I get it home to have a good look over it

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarbyD View Post
    Bought a new one


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    Me too! Kinda. This will not be my every day commuter, but I am excited to commute on it on light days where I don't need to carry much. I got the frame for next to nothing, and a buddy of mine just built it up for me with a mix of used but good and new parts.


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    Oooo very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarbyD View Post
    Oooo very nice!

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    Post a pic of yours when you can. Sounds cool!

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    Yeah, haven't got home yet haha still sitting in the car atm with it on the back.. Had a bunch of errands to run today lol. Will give it a good going over and get a bunch of pics after I get home

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    Here it is!



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    Had flat tyres front and rear, both pumped up now and seem to be holding air fine. Tyres still have the little rubber knob bits from mold and Cassette/chain/ring look brand new. This bike has barely been ridden!!

    Shoes fit perfectly, but one of the soles is coming away so I'll squirt some glue in there.

    Can't believe I got this for $200 all in!

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    Here it is!



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    Had flat tyres front and rear, both pumped up now and seem to be holding air fine. Tyres still have the little rubber knob bits from mold and Cassette/chain/ring look brand new. This bike has barely been ridden!!

    Shoes fit perfectly, but one of the soles is coming away so I'll squirt some glue in there.

    Can't believe I got this for $200 all in!

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    Wow! What a steal! Sweet!

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    Yup I'm pretty stoked with it.. Now I get the fun of trying to find a comfortable riding position lol

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    Dreamt that it was stolen...

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    Took the bb7s off my 29er, and tore them apart. It's probably my least favorite maintenance, because it means taking a setup that is working and is quiet, and possibly ending up with the opposite. But my rear brake always takes a beating over the winter - last year I had to replace the pistons because somehow they'd gotten really corroded and pitted. This year there was some buildup, but nothing too bad. Replaced pads, cleaned and greased everything, put them back on, and adjusted everything, and it seems quiet but we'll see how it goes.

    Also swapped the pedals on my hardtail.

    At the end of the winter I needed new pedals, so I got some fancy, plastic flats that I figured might be good for cold weather. After 2 rides my back and shoulders killing me, and I eventually realized it was because the pedals were concave, so it's almost like riding on a spindle instead of a nice big platform. The fit of my dropbar 29er is marginal enough to begin with, and the change was enough to throw things all out of whack.

    So I swapped the plastic pedals to my hardtail, which doesn't have any weird fit compromises, and have been riding it without any pain. But in the last couple of weeks I've almost endoed 4 times. I thought it was because I was out of practice riding on dirt, but yesterday I realized it's because I'm balancing on a spindle, and just don't have the control I'm expecting.

    So I'm really disappointed in the nukeproof electron. Every other flat pedal on the market is concave, so I don't know why they thought they should make one that's convex. And I'm surprised it gets so many positive reviews, because its design is just awkward. I'll probably give it one more shot next winter, and if that doesn't work I'll probably strip it for parts.

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    Made it trailworthy again, as trails are opening and the new trail bike doesn't arrive for a few weeks yet.

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    I washed the bike clean. Looks almost new if not for some massive chain suck scratches.

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    Swapped the Tectonic pads for thin line salmon/black pads. Almost no front brake squealing now. Second ride with the new wheels and I'm very happy. Much snappier going uphill, and I can't wait to wear out my tires and replace them with some Schwalbe tubeless road tires.

    If someone wants to speed along the process and get a pair of used 700x28 ultra gatorskins out of it (make an offer [see the trade thread!]) I'm more than game.

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    Repacked the hubs on my fixie. I'm way behind with my spring maintenance - normally I like to set up on the balcony and start tearing things apart, but today was really the first day that it was nice enough to do that. Still have to tackle my 29er at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Made it trailworthy again, as trails are opening and the new trail bike doesn't arrive for a few weeks yet.
    Oooooh what did you get what did you get??
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    Added lights Front/Rear and a frame mounted tire pump. All set now. :-)

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    Picked up a 2013 Easton EC70 flat bar to replace the low rise. It's only 610mm wide which feels nice. Forced for to have to shortens my cables and housing though. So I used a spare set of Jagwire Ripcord housings and cables. Haven't done the shift cable yet. First not sure how as I ditched gears all together 5 years ago. I'm probably going to get matching ripcord brake and shift pro kits and go from there.



    I also picked up a set of Axion Seymour panniers for $50 and free shipping off Amazon. So far I'm quite pleased with them.
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    My RD has been shifting like crap for a while. A few weeks ago I put it on the stand and tried adjusting it, didn't get much better. I was thinking of going SS for a little while while I gave my drivetrain a good disassembling and cleaning. Yesterday on my ride home I gave the in-line barrel adjuster 1/2 a turn and it's shifting 10x better. Go figure. Guess I saved myself a lot of work.

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    All for the singlespeed today. Greased the seatpost in hopes of curing the clicking, aired the tires up, swapped out the front skewer, leveled the saddle, lubed the chain. Oh, and I adjusted my rear derail......haha no I didn't, just kidding.
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    I got new shoes since after 6 years of regular service my Pearl Izumi X-Alp Enduros were falling apart. I scored a pair of X-Alp Enduro III shoes from the PI outlet for $90 and found a pair of new Crank Brothers cleats in the parts box so my commute is more comfortable.
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    What have you done to your commuter today?



    Replaced my nice old Suntour toeclip pedals with some new Shimano platform SPDs for better commuting; put the cleats on my new commuter shoes; installed new Timbuk2 saddle tool bag with a couple new little tools in it, put my old Zefal frame pump on there as I did not have a pump last time I flatted, (forgot that day to grab my mountain bike's pump); checked out the new planet bike fenders a buddy gave me to see when and if I want to install them, and checked out the new old bar I grabbed from the bike co-op in boise. that bar should do the job I want by bringing my hands just a little further back when I am sitting up, and increase the rise just a little more. If I don't like it, I will go back to the bar you see on there.

    Soon, fenders, front rack, (need a hole popped in my fork for those), and that bar. Also will fit lighting on the list.

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    I have those same fenders. Took em off because I just can't do fenders on that bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I have those same fenders. Took em off because I just can't do fenders on that bike.
    Which bike do you mean? I am torn too. I don't really need fenders often, and certainly not Eugene, OR, or Seattle, WA rains every day fenders. A buddy gave them to me for free (I gave him micro brew for free back). But they could be nice some days, and I might get used to a touring bike look. But then again, they could just get in the way sometimes too. I may trade these out and look for some of the smaller options. Or just use the rear and a smaller option up front.

    In addition, if I go through with it and go 700c, that will play a role as well. Haven't fully decided on that though. I am even considering going just 69'er with a big wheel up front as I found one brake adapter from a buddy who will give that to me for free as well. The bike seems to handle and roll pretty well like that.

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    Sorry, I meant on my bike. I can't do fenders on the bike that I got them for. I am vain and to be honest, I hate the way they look on my bike, so I yanked em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Sorry, I meant on my bike. I can't do fenders on the bike that I got them for. I am vain and to be honest, I hate the way they look on my bike, so I yanked em.
    I get that and struggle with it myself on this bike. I may or may not put the fenders on. I, after that last post, just bought on ebay a 135mm OLD hub rear 700c, so I am going to go ahead and try 700c wheels too so will not deal with the fenders until I get that figured out.

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    Continued the bad rear shifting epic....

    So thought the jockey wheels were wore out...yup replaced with a less worn pair Helped a bit...

    Thought the RD was a little plugged up with salt so I took it off....acting brand new..

    Checked the RD cable...yup really sluggish and fouled (been on the bike 5 years??).

    So put the RD back on....and damn if the B screw got in my way and i stripped the RD threads...

    So I change the RD hanger to my spare (5 plus years old)....

    But cause I wore out the dropouts on the chain stay...and fixed that by attaching a washer that I screwed and glued in the right place...then filed to the correct shape to align the wheel....that has to come off..

    So I get the screw out no probs and one bang with a chisel and the washer comes off...

    takes 10 minute to scrap the glue out of the RD bolt and it comes off...

    Low and behold it also all goes back together....

    Wheel is aligned etc....just went and got my new jockey wheels and shifting is damn near brand new....maybe just a couple of tweaks left to go.

    And surprise no more grinding sounds from the RD.

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    I've never used one chain long enough before it broke to need to replace it (guess my legs are just too strong!). My friend pointed out the other day that I should probably check my commuter's. It was very stretched. The "1.0" side of the Park Tools chain checker fit without a problem. Oops. My cassette and chainrings look okay to me. What do you think:

    Edit: The chainring looks very slightly sharktoothey.

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    ^^Looks can be deceiving. You'll know as soon as you put the new chain on. Not sure about the breaking chains thing. I've only broken 1-2 in maybe 30,000 lifetime miles. I've stretched plenty beyond the 1.0 limit. Replaced a lot of cassettes because of it to.

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    My checker doesn't to go 1.0...it's .5 on one side and .75 on the other. I've had a couple in the 1.0 range though I'd bet....

    However (knock on wood) I have never, ever, broken a chain. Even going back to the late 80's BMX days. Been carrying a spare master link since the things were invented, and I've only ever used them on friends bikes.
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    Wow, can't believe you guys haven't broken more chains. To be honest I've only broken two, but that's in no more than 10k miles. For the first few years I rode I couldn't manage to keep a bike long enough to stretch a chain. My CC is the only one I've put more than 2k miles on. I think it's close to 3500 now and IIRC this chain was on my road bike for a bit. Anyway, I work across the street from REI so I picked up a SRAM 1051 at lunchtime. If my cassette or chainrings are shot, I will probably get an 11-36 cassette, 42T chainring and go 1x10. Been thinking about it for a while now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    If my cassette or chainrings are shot, I will probably get an 11-36 cassette, 42T chainring and go 1x10. Been thinking about it for a while now.
    Do it!! I went 1x10 with a Wolftooth 42 and narrow/wide on the trail bike and it's awesome. I have had a new chain skip on a cassette I thought wasn't sharktoothed after only about 2k miles on the chain I was replacing...I'd be surprised if you couldn't use this to justify the 1x10 upgrade
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    I had my 10 speed chain causing ghost shifting when I pulled the snap link apart just a little bit. It would shift up and back. I could not find the cause as the link was only a little wider than it should be. Then I pulled it on a hard launch enough to jam in the rear cage. "Well there's your problem!" Called my DW.

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    Re: What have you done to your commuter today?

    Roholff makes an [expensive] tool called the HG/IG Check to measure cassette wear. It's pretty foolproof as far as telling whether or not a chain will skip on a used cassette. I've never encountered a case where it's been wrong. They haven't updated it for 10/11 speed, but it still works decently on 10 speed.

    You'd be surprised what looks okay really isn't.

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    What symptoms can I expect to see if the cassette and/or chainrings are no good?

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    Re: What have you done to your commuter today?

    Skipping under load, or, if shifting the front, chain suck. That is, the chain doesn't release cleanly from the chainring when shifting. Usually happens with chainrings smaller than 30-32.

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    1. Found my old seatpost rack and installed that with my Lezyne bag (looking at other options)
    2. Installed my Revelate bag.
    3. Swapped my seat to one that has a blinky light built in
    4. Ate tacos.
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    Received the second of two 26" to 700C brake adapters. I now have one Mavic and one xtracyle. Don't match but one was free, so there you go. Now I just need the wheels to show up and I can do the conversion and see how it goes!

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    Finally mounted my 26 1.5 slicks to my new old schwinn and went for a spin. In my steal toe boots with my twenty pound pup on my back I managed to average 16mph for one hour. Shifters need some adjusting as they were slipping a lot but im pretty happy so far.

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    Added a IBERA IB-RA5 rack, much nicer then a seatpost rack.
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    Today?

    I rode it to our new office at work. Old office was a ~6 mile commute.

    New one is 30 miles. whew.
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    Swapped stems on my "new" to me commuter for a lower, slightly more aggresive riding position. It's a threaded steerer and the old stem was sticking a bit after loosening the wedge bolt. I figured a little brute force and a twist would get it moving. It let loose and the handlebar swung around and smacked me square in the face! Didn't see that coming.

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    new shifters, handle bars, grips, and barends

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    Quote Originally Posted by 603butters View Post
    Finally mounted my 26 1.5 slicks to my new old schwinn and went for a spin. In my steal toe boots with my twenty pound pup on my back I managed to average 16mph for one hour. Shifters need some adjusting as they were slipping a lot but im pretty happy so far.
    I don't know how we haven't seen a pic of your backpack pup yet!

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    I really need to yank the cassette and chain for a good long soak in some degreaser while the rest of the bike gets a deep clean and tuning. My jockey wheels on the rear derailleur have some serious shark tooth going on, so there's another thing to add to the list. Derailleur could stand to be torn down and cleaned, while the right shifter needs to be flooded with a foaming cleanser followed by some Tri-Flow to combat the ever dreaded Ultegra sticky shifter syndrome.

    But the only thing I'll do to my commuter this weekend is ride it.
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    Swapped the rear wheel, and am now running fixed gear. I really like it this time around, except I cannot seem to figure out how to stop. I was told to pedal backwards. I try to do that, and the thing almost throws me off the bike. I can manage to slow myself down, but I cannot do an emergency stop at all. Think that I am going to ride to work on Monday on this bike, as there should be little to no commuter traffic for either ride.
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    Tidied up the cockpit, which had been bugging me because it was so "busy," by:
    Removing the GoPro knockoff I had been using. Quality wasn't good enough in low light to be of any use anyway so it's just taking up space
    Relocating bell to side of the hood instead of the flat
    Relocating one of my lights to the side of the stem
    Moving my Quad Lock phone mount onto the bar from the stem

    All in all it looks much neater now.. This may seem like nothing but it had been really annoying the heck out of me haha.

    I also added a second layer of cork tape to alleviate a bit of pain I've had in my hands.. Feels plush! Looking forward to seeing how it rides.

    Topped off with a wipe down n lube and I'm ready to roll for the morning

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    Took a spin up to the local store for some ice cream last night. Gave the fixed gear attempt one more shot. I really like it, except for the stopping. I just cannot seem to get it down, and that just won't work for me. Took this shot with my Moto X at just after 10PM I believe. The lighting at the store makes it look like daylight.



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    Stock 46:16 flip flop fixed gear wheel/tire

    The fixed gear wheel came off today as did the lame stickers, and the coaster brake wheel went back on for the ride today. I think that I set it up exactly perfect which I have not been able to do quite yet. Good chain tension, not too loose, not too tight. Wheel is centered in the drop outs, and the coaster brake is nice and tight. I have an appointment on Wednesday am to get a new BB and cranks installed.
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    Sorry to hear that! I've yet to ride a fixed for more than a brief instance, so I still really want to try one out long term. last time I tried I almost ended up in a fountain. So I understand you.

    But, they're so coooooool.

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    I've had my fixie for about 6 months now, and I still wouldn't think of taking the brakes off. On a typical commute I probably won't touch them, but it's sure nice to have them as a fallback.

    On the other hand, I've realized that having a fixie has really changed the way I ride offroad. There are plenty of twisty trails that I used to brake through - I wasn't dragging my brakes like a newb, but I'd tap the brakes going into turns or whatever. Now that I've ridden fixed I'm much more likely to just let the bike go. I wasn't expecting that to happen, but it's definitely a noticeable change.

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    Origin8 ProPulsion crank and Shimano BB installed at my buddies shop. Made a huge difference in the ride and how smooth the cranks turn. Original cranks and BB are absolute garbage. Deciding to swap back to the freewheel and roll a front brake. I took his fixed gear out just around the lot and he has a Campy front brake, and that really helped with slowing down and stopping. In all the times that I have tried the fixed, I have never installed the front brake or used it. I am thinking a Shimano 105 should do the trick nicely. All of this is due to the fact that the coaster brake hub is loose, and even if I tighten it, the hub will get loose again, apparently a quality of coaster brakes.

    I sprayed the front wheel in orange Plasti-Dip yesterday, and peeled it today when I got home. Turned out like garbage, and I will need the brake track anyway so it was time remove it.
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    Ordered a new tire and tube for the rear of the Raleigh. Also installed a Biopace 48T chainring (just now found out the bike has two Sugino Cylcoid chainings on it).

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    OK!!! This is why I hate brakes. Swapped wheels back to the fixed gear, and added the front brake that came with the bike. I got it dialed in about as much as I can, and it rubs outside the braking surface onto the Aerospoke. I have the pads up high as they will go, and looking at it, looks all good. Nope. They rub when the brake is applied. This is essentially ruining the finish of my wheel. Going to go to the other local shop tomorrow and see what they have as far as maybe different pads or a different brake that is more adjustable for the bike. My buddies shop is closed on Sunday (NOT SURE WHY IN THE SUMMER WHEN PEOPLE WANT TO BIKE!) so the other shop it is. Want this squared away by Monday. My other option is the wheel that came with the bike, but it will not fit in the fork, as it is bolt on not QR.

    I am hoping that it is just the POS brake that came with the bike, and I can get something worked out to where I ride fixed, but have some assistance with emergency braking with the front brake.
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    Yanked the front brake, and installed the rear brake to see if that works. It works. Hell, it works better than the front did, with what seems like more stopping power. Caliper is jacked up, so I will try to make it as even as possible. Found some decent stuff online for a rear replacement that won't brake the bank. You see what I did there?

    I will be respraying my front wheel now with matte black Plasti-Dip tomorrow.
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    Saved This From Scapyard....

    2001 Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra, found at the bottom of a pile of bikes at an Automotive boneyard. After 2 hours of de-tangling...it was MINE for the price of $30! Everything was straight. The 70mm Headshok fork was rusted completely shut:

    I applied all my old 26er race parts, re-sprayed the entire frame, built-up a 1500g, 700c wheelset, rebuilt the fork.... and this is the result - a 19-pound commuter ROCKET, with only 10% carbon fiber content(shifters, derailleur, pedals):

    I went WAY over budget, on this baby. But now I use TWO gigantic U-locks!!!
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    Severe approval, did you fix the fork?

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    That bad boy turned out really nice. I think I remember you posting it back when you first rescued it?

    Today I rewrapped my bars. The basic cork tape I had was already getting worn, and had some tears around the hooks. When I was at the shop this week buying a replacement light I figured I might at well get some tape too. Briefly debated being fancy and getting white, but realized that this is a mountain bike and a winter bike and that that would be silly. So went with something from fizik in black. I did a much better job at the barends this time, and wrapped with lots of overlap so that I didn't even have to cut it. This tape looks a lot better than the old stuff, and hopefully it will last better too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    Severe approval, did you fix the fork?
    Oh yes. I had it completely rebuilt, with all new seals and needle bearings.
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    newfangled - I will send you my bars to wrap!!
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    Nice build on that old bad boy

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    Why hadnt i thought of this sooner. On the pompino i replaced the small cage pedals with well go dh pedals. So much more comfortable. Left the house yesterday with the intention of checking out a local flea market and ended up riding like 5 hours/25 miles.

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    Just bought and installed some big apple 26x2.35, wow!, they roll like butter, fast and smooth. I am a convert! Yea!

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    Since all of the good single track is overgrown where I ride now, Iím converting my Surly KM into commuter mode. Last night I put the Big Apples on, and attempted to swap free wheel but found I didnít have the correct tool. I ordered the correct tool and I should have it by this Friday.

    The KM will be converted back into a trail bike this fall/winter.

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    Ahem, well first post in a long, long while...

    Decided to take the Roadie for the commute today, but I found this:


    Luckily I had a replacement waiting in the garage for the last 6 years (whoops forgot about that for a while), this seemed like a good time to install it. Shortly thereafter I was off riding again and 110 grams lighter!
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    Swapped a flat bar on my fixie, and yanked the bullhorns. I need to wrap them with some thick bar tape for comfort. The track grips were simply not working with as much as I have been riding. Love the way the look but the function is more important than the form and my hands are starting to hurt even with padded gloves. Stopping at the shop today to see what they have on my way to work.

    I had purchased a nice 25.4 KORE mtb flat bar on eBay, and got some of the black OURY lock on grips, and I think I tried the bar once and hated how it looked. Well, today they will get their due use. Had to fiddle with an insert to make the brake lever work, which I am guessing is spaced for bar tape.
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    Made significant progress on my 26" to 700C conversion day before yesterday: http://forums.mtbr.com/commuting/my-...l#post11253023

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    Cleaned up my TriCross in hopes of a sale in a little bit here. I just don't ride it enough to keep it. Money will go towards a new light, and possibly a new track frame for my fixie, or at least towards a build. Very well might space this one out, and buy it piece by piece so I get exactly what I want. Not sure that I have the patience for that though.
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    Goodbye friend. You will be missed. I hope that you get ridden by your new owner.



    On a side note, on the way home from selling it, I stopped at the shop by where I live, and picked up a NiteRider Lumina 700. That will make its home on the bar, and the 350 will make its way onto my helmet. About half of my commute home is in dark neighborhoods or the MUP which is pitch black. Lots of things that like to jump out at you, and I would like to see them before I hit them. Didn't get a chance to wrap my bullhorns today, and probably won't tomorrow either. Hopefully Friday?
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    Ahem, well first post in a long, long while...



    Luckily I had a replacement waiting in the garage for the last 6 years (whoops forgot about that for a while), this seemed like a good time to install it. Shortly thereafter I was off riding again and 110 grams lighter!
    Welcome back, looking good!

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    Picked out a new one.

    Now to see if it is in stock, or if I have to order it. Stay tuned.
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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Installed an SLX drivetrain, Avid 5 brakes, Kenda tires & Thompson seatpost clamp.

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    New bike? Ordered.

    Very very very excited about this bike. Didn't think that it was going to happen, but the owner of the shop took some time with me, made a few calls, and in the end, he made it happen. They earned a customer with their outstanding service.
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    Lots of stuff yesterday. Got home too late to post last night.



    -installed Mavic v-brake adapter to the front, along with moving V-brakes, and putting new pads on.
    -installed newer rear cyclocross wheel I got from AlexCuse, to match the front which was already on there, installed used but good Ritchey Cyclocross tire to match Conti Cyclocross front tire. I have a second set of road wheels that will end up with some sort of touring slick on them for most commute days.
    -installed new cassette, and new chain
    -New cable and housing. Thing shifts nice now! some minor adjustment still to do but much better.
    -Installed wider bar with more sweep, which required longer cable and housing. I like the width and the fore/aft position, but wonder if it is too sweepy to get there. This may change with a shorter stem and the former bar, but will ride a while this way to see.
    -re-installed front Redline light.



    Additional details and discussion here if interested. https://forums.mtbr.com/commuting/my...l#post11265347

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    ^ that's looking a lot different than when you started.

    Took off the Midge bar
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    And put on a Woodchipper
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    One ride so far, and already rewrapped the bars to move the levers down to where they are in the picture. And I'm sure I'll rewrap at least once more. And I'm sure I'll spend weeks playing with the angle - keep it flatish the way I liked the Midge, or the more "standard" 25deg+ like everyone else uses?

    The Woodchipper is supposed to have a little less reach than the Midge, and I'm not sure that I really felt that? But the extra long drop extensions are fantastic for singlespeed climbing. I didn't even realize what I was missing with the Midge, but the Woodchipper felt great.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    ^^^. Looks cool. I am surprising myself with thoughts of trying a much shorter and higher rise stem and some sort or multi position bar such as those. Your bike is looking great!

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    Well, my experience with the dropbar conversion has been pretty tricky - a bit too much reach and a bit too low, even with a 40deg stem. I liked it enough to try out a second bar, but this will still probably be the least comfortable/most extreme of my 3 bikes.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

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    Well, my experience with the dropbar conversion has been pretty tricky - a bit too much reach and a bit too low, even with a 40deg stem. I liked it enough to try out a second bar, but this will still probably be the least comfortable/most extreme of my 3 bikes.
    Yeah that is not going to work for me. I will continue down the path I am on for a while before embarking in yet a different direction. The path/build has been fun so far though.

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    Bar swap back to the bullhorns, and after removing the Fyxation track grips (which I love but don't have enough padding), installed this:



    Second time wrapping bars, and I did a hell of a job.....except for where the plugs go. I didn't do that correctly, and it pisses me off. It is good enough for the time being. I don't know how long you have to undo what you have done once the backing has been peeled, so I guess it will stay. I am very happy with the actual wrapping of the bars. The gel that you lay down gives it a really nice plush feel which I hope will help with hand comfort on my commute. Ended up being able to reuse the Fyxation bolt in bar plugs so I was pretty happy about that. The extra touch they give finishes the bike off.
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    ^ I don't think there's a timelimit on rewrapping. I rewrapped some cork tape half a dozen times over 9 months, and I just moved my month-old fizik tape from one bar to another. If its been there for years it might be a problem, but anything shortterm you just have to be a little careful when unwrapping.

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    Thanks for the information, may give it a rewrap tomorrow if I get the chance. Will be done before the end of the week for sure.
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    So on Saturday morning I decided to do an easy little project of swapping my tires out for the new Gatorskins that I ordered. Old tires come off, no problem. Get the Gatorskins mounted on one side of the rim, no problem. Then came trying to get those damn tires on the other side of the rim. I pinched, I squeezed, I used my palms, I swore at them. I googled for solutions and found others with the same issue. Nothing worked. I just couldn't get those last few inches on. Finally after my fingers were raw, I gave up and admitted defeat and took them to the LBS. Thankfully my LBS is awesome and they helped me at no charge, but I hate not being able to do something so simple myself. Now I can never get a flat, because I won't be able to get my damn tires back on myself. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know they'll supposedly stretch over time.)

    Anyway, here she is with her new tires. (And new saddle bag.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    So on Saturday morning I decided to do an easy little project of swapping my tires out for the new Gatorskins that I ordered. Old tires come off, no problem. Get the Gatorskins mounted on one side of the rim, no problem. Then came trying to get those damn tires on the other side of the rim. I pinched, I squeezed, I used my palms, I swore at them. I googled for solutions and found others with the same issue. Nothing worked. I just couldn't get those last few inches on. Finally after my fingers were raw, I gave up and admitted defeat and took them to the LBS. Thankfully my LBS is awesome and they helped me at no charge, but I hate not being able to do something so simple myself. Now I can never get a flat, because I won't be able to get my damn tires back on myself. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know they'll supposedly stretch over time.)

    Anyway, here she is with her new tires. (And new saddle bag.)
    New tires can be a pain. Some are much more difficult than others. You just have to get those tire levers in there and really use some muscle. I've actually broken a couple Park Tools tire levers, but usually it's okay.

    I love the look of your bike. The white handlebars/hoods look great with the blue frame.

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    Not technically bike-related, but the zipper on my pannier has started acting up - it's sticking, and leaving an unzipped zipper behind it. It's a curved section of zipper, which always seem to develop problems eventually.

    Maybe everyone else knows this too, but my trick for fixing a faulty zipper (rather than tossing the pannier) is to grab a pair of pliers, and squish down on the head of the zipper. The metal can be brittle so you don't want to go crazy, but just compress the trailing edge a bit. I've done it a few times, and it seems to work like a charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    New tires can be a pain. Some are much more difficult than others. You just have to get those tire levers in there and really use some muscle. I've actually broken a couple Park Tools tire levers, but usually it's okay.

    I love the look of your bike. The white handlebars/hoods look great with the blue frame.
    Thank you! The bike shop actually had it set up with black tape/hoods, but they switched it out for me.

    And I tried tire levers too. I'm a small woman, so I'm probably just lacking in the muscle department in my arms.

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    Have you tried a speed lever? I have one, and I think it makes the process marginally easier. Easier to put your muscles into it anyways.

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    WiTrailRunner - beautiful bike!! Love the color combo, especially the tape/hoods. Very sharp looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    Thank you! The bike shop actually had it set up with black tape/hoods, but they switched it out for me.

    And I tried tire levers too. I'm a small woman, so I'm probably just lacking in the muscle department in my arms.
    Time to start weight lifting!

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    Thanks for the tip on the speed lever - maybe I'll pick one up! And thanks, TenSpeed! It's new, so it's all exciting now.

    And I don't have time to lift weights...too busy riding my bike.

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    I've spent the last several days messing with this Cateye Commuter wireless computer. It keeps giving false readings, and I'm starting to think the fender has something to do with it.
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    Birthday just passed and I treated myself to a Brooks B17 saddle! I also bought some Crank Brothers 5050 3 interbike editions in mint green and some SKS Longboard fenders. I will get a better picture when the sun goes down more.

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    Nice ride, WiTrail, it looks great. I recall you noticed we had the same saddle, and I see we have the same seatpack as well, and a pretty uncommon model. Mine is not as shiny, but has held up well. I got these shop tire levers for extra leverage, 8" metal, great for home use. Park Tool Co. ¬Ľ TL-5 : Heavy Duty Steel Tire Lever Set : Tube & Tire

    Another zipper tip from my gram is to run a bar of soap along the teeth for easy sliding. Now that I say that, it would be fun to add some bubble blowing stuff or foamy dishsoap to the bike in a good rain.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Changed out the battery in my speed sensor, adjusted my front fender, and relocated my computer to the bars instead of the stem. For some reason, it's only reading a fraction of the time, which messes with the goals I set for myself. Kinda hard to hold 21 mph on a 1 mile stretch if your comp is reading 0.0...

    Been goofing with the saddle quite a bit. I find the Romin to be extremely comfortable, but it's quite picky. Absolutely no "close enough", and anything out of line causes some chaffing. Nothing too bad, but it doesn't take much to make you pay attention.

    I'm slowly gearing up to replace my chainrings, cassette, chain, and 11t derailleur pulleys. I've been looking in to oval or asymmetric chainrings, and it seems that there's quite a fuss over them.

    Need to get myself a chain catcher, too. That mess is about to drive me out of my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    Been goofing with the saddle quite a bit. I find the Romin to be extremely comfortable, but it's quite picky. Absolutely no "close enough", and anything out of line causes some chaffing. Nothing too bad, but it doesn't take much to make you pay attention.
    Not sure if you've got a smartphone, but I've become addicted to using a level app when I'm messing around with saddle angle.

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    Not sure if you've got a smartphone, but I've become addicted to using a level app when I'm messing around with saddle angle.
    Yup, that's what I've been doing. The most difficult thing is the "middle third". Right now I'm finding it to be just right at -3*. I don't notice a difference while on the hoods, but when I lean into the drops, it's just enough tilt to alleviate any pressure.
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    Cleaned and regreased my BB bearings, they were way overdue. I also wiped down my frame and adjusted my derailleurs. Later this week I'll be rebuilding my hubs, also overdue. I've never done it myself before, so it should be a learning experience.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Installed stainless steel washers (just hanging on the axle right now) to take up a few mil of space between the 130 hub on this wheel and the 136 dropouts. Seems to work fine for now.

    And put Clement X'Plor USH Tires on these cross wheels. Initial ride feels awesome and that I will really like these tires!


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    Today is new bike day, sort of. Bike is done, and in my apartment currently. Stopped off at my buddies shop to pick up a front brake for it. I got this, right? Got home. Yeah, I don't know what I am doing. Gonna ride it over to the shop first thing in the morning with the rear brake only, and hope that there are no issues with stopping. I will gladly pay for the labor to get the brake set up perfectly.

    Will post pictures once it is done.
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    So last week I replaced the midge dirtdrops on my ss 29er with woodchipper dirtdrops. And after a week on the woodchippers I'm pretty happy because they make that long toptube feel just a little bit shorter.

    But that left me with an unused midge bar, so yesterday I swapped it onto my fixed 26er. I'd had a mary bar on there since I broke my bullmoose last winter, and the mary was very comfy but honestly a little boring. So the midge is set up superlow, so I'll be on the hoods most of the time instead of the drops. Had my first ride with it this morning, and it was pretty fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ that's looking a lot different than when you started.

    Took off the Midge bar
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    And put on a Woodchipper
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    One ride so far, and already rewrapped the bars to move the levers down to where they are in the picture. And I'm sure I'll rewrap at least once more. And I'm sure I'll spend weeks playing with the angle - keep it flatish the way I liked the Midge, or the more "standard" 25deg+ like everyone else uses?

    The Woodchipper is supposed to have a little less reach than the Midge, and I'm not sure that I really felt that? But the extra long drop extensions are fantastic for singlespeed climbing. I didn't even realize what I was missing with the Midge, but the Woodchipper felt great.
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    ^ oh yeah. I've spent countless hours on his site, and it's been invaluable for setting up the 29er.

    The 26er will always be too low to spend much time in the drops though, so for it I'll have to stick with the hoods. I'd been thinking about putting drops on the 26er for awhile though, and had figured I would find some old ones at the co-op. But since I had the midge lying around I figured why not?

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    I rode it in raŪny weather. Once home, I flushed most of the grit and stuff off with a few liters of water.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    New sora front derailleur to replace the sunrace the shop installed last week. The sunrace fd wasnt shifting reliably. At the time it was all they had in stock and I wanted to ride!

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    Added some full coverage fenders and a rear rack this weekend. Fenders were a pain to install but I love them now. Still needs a decent saddle and I'm thinking about getting some drop bars with bar end shifters.

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    I have made a gross error in measurements. My bullhorn bar is a 25.4 bar, but with a 26 clamp. I am currently using a 25.4 stem. I don't know what I was thinking, but put it on anyway, knowing that it didn't fit, and it never crossed my mind that it was the wrong size. Hit up my buddies bike shop and picked up a 90mm 26 17 degree rise Dimension stem. Going to put that on as soon as I am done with lunch here. I feel really dumb right now.
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    ^ I think that's generally considered not too much of a problem. The other way 'round is the real worry.

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    Rainy day, and the first real ride on the newly dropbarred fixie 26er:






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    Put a Continental Gatorskin on the front of the Raleigh (with the original thorn-proof tube), so now at least both tires match.

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    Dimension 90mm, 26 clamp, 17 degree rise stem installed along with a new headset spacer for the Felt to rectify a previous miscalculation. The only branding on the stem is the double D in grey that almost matches the color of the bike. Test rode it already, and am really liking the new riding position. Previous stem was 110mm, 25.4, and 15 degree. I felt a little stretched out on it, but it worked. This will replace that nicely.

    Found that I have a flat on the BigShot on the rear tire. Finished off installing the Felt stem/bars on it with a new headset spacer. Lazy enough that I didn't swap the tube/tire out to my spare Specialized Armadillo that I have. Looking to just get a new frame and swap everything over.

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    Swapped out the stock saddle for my Specialized Avatar. Should be a much more comfortable ride with that on there. Swapped the black Aerospoke on to the Felt, for now. I peeled the Plasti-Dip off so that I could use the brake track for the front brake. Between the gloss black of the wheel, and the fact that it now looks like a Police bike, I am not sure how long that will stay on there. Definitely heavier than the stock wheel, which I am also not crazy about.
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    Wow, another chain bites the dust! It seems like yesterday, but it was 3 months ago. Check yer chains, commuters!

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    Did a bunch of derailleur and brake cable adjustments, lube, etc. Unfortunately, my venerable 7 speed Deore XT-II shifter seems to be wonky and the results, though improved, are not all the way where I want them. I may have to find a new shifter. Also, the old short cage XT rear derailleur is not giving me as much chain tension as I want in some settings. I can avoid most of the issues there by not going to those combinations, but I will want this to be rock solid at some point.

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    ^ what's wrong with the shifters? I ask, because with older shifters the grease often turns to earwax, and they stop engaging properly.

    If that's the problem - they won't go the full range, or they're missing shifts - try taking off the cover and absolutely drowning them in wd40. Cycle them a few times, let them sit for a few hours, cycle them some more, and then drown them again.

    If that gets them working again, then you can give them a final flush with simplygreen, and then either goop them up with new grease or soak them with a heavyish oil. I've seen plenty of shifters that people were ready to toss that just needed the old gunk cleared out.

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    ^^^

    That is what is happening. Shifts don't seem precise, or skip. Tough to go full range. We did one round of taking them apart and lubricating, but used tri-flow. Did not do the clean out with WD40 or anything. And only one round, and did not wait the few hours and re-do. I will try what you suggest to see if they can be revived. The front derailleur shifter is friction, of course, so is not missing shifts, but is just really stiff. Again, a good de-gooping maybe will help that.

    The interesting thing is that the symptoms were not there nearly as much (on the rear shifter at least) with the old drive train on my old 26 inch wheels, or so I was thinking. Maybe I was just thinking the chain and rear cassette was old and needed to be replaced so had low expectations.

    the new SRAM cassette (that I put on along with a new SRAM chain) goes up to a 32 tooth low gear, so is a larger ring than the 28 that used to be on there. Not sure if that is contributing. got the rear hanger straightened out though and it does adjust out to shifting pretty smoothly, but then the shifts deteriorate, though the adjustments have not moved, so it seemed like something wonky was going on with the indexing in the shifter. Can't hurt to clean it out anyway.

    Also, we did get the brakes running really well, and finally cut and put ends on all the cables. The wheels I got from AlexCuse are very straight and the hubs are running beautifully. Spacing with the washers (on on each side) works just fine too. They are not secured and are just hanging there, but work just fine.

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    Getting the rig ready for a bicycle tour day. I found a friend who had a bunch of pannier stuff that he was getting rid of including a Blackburn low rider front rack and a couple few different panniers that I could add to what I was already using. Those purple ones on the front are actually rears and are too large for this front rack as I found out. I have a couple of other options including the front set that goes with those purple rears along with some smaller rears that I think that I will use since I want to carry some more of my kids' extra clothes on this trip.
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    Getting the rig ready for a bicycle to her day. I found a friend you had a bunch of pannier stuff that he was getting rid of including a Blackburn low rider front rack and a couple few different panniers that I could add to what I was already using. Those purple ones on the front are actually rears and are too large for this front rack as I found out. I have a couple of other options . . .
    Road Touring version 2.0. Getting ready for a San Juan islands tour with the family. I will be the primary mule. We will be carrying pretty much just clothing and personals as we will be staying at hostels. However that stuff will still add up as only my wife will also have panniers (rear only) and the kids will just have day packs.

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    ^ congrats on scoring all the touring stuff.

    Did a full rewrap of my woodchipper and a partial rewrap of my midge to add some extra padding. The heals of my palms have been taking a beating, which I think is from riding the hoods of the midge. But I feel it on both bikes, so I figured I would make them both cushier. I added strips of cork to the drops of the woodchipper, and to the ramps of the midge, and then wrapped them up again. No matter how many times I do this, doing the ends and the endcaps sucks.

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    I put an airzound 3 on my mtb commuter , people and cars will be giving me a wide birth in future !

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ congrats on scoring all the touring stuff.

    Did a full rewrap of my woodchipper and a partial rewrap of my midge to add some extra padding. The heals of my palms have been taking a beating, which I think is from riding the hoods of the midge. But I feel it on both bikes, so I figured I would make them both cushier. I added strips of cork to the drops of the woodchipper, and to the ramps of the midge, and then wrapped them up again. No matter how many times I do this, doing the ends and the endcaps sucks.
    Thanks on the congrats. I feel very "Rivendell" with the bike set up this way.

    Man, you must be getting pretty good at re-wrapping. I have never done it myself. One of those tasks that looks like it would be more effective to have someone who knows what they're doing do it for me. I probably should learn, although I have only one bike with tape.

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    Wrapping isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Once you get the feel for it, not too bad. I have only wrapped my bars twice, with the first being a complete fail. This time around I did a pretty good job although I messed up the far ends that tuck into the bars which I ended up cutting off. Long story. It's a 3 footer for sure.
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    Finally got my commuter setup 1x10. I've been meaning to do it for a while now. My FD getting all messed up on my commute home last Wednesday was the final push I needed. It shifted great on the way in this morning, though I fear I should have gone with a larger chainring. I have a 39T with an 11-34 cassette, I wish I did 42T or 44T with an 11-36 cassette. I'll ride it like this for a little while and see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    Finally got my commuter setup 1x10. I've been meaning to do it for a while now. My FD getting all messed up on my commute home last Wednesday was the final push I needed. It shifted great on the way in this morning, though I fear I should have gone with a larger chainring. I have a 39T with an 11-34 cassette, I wish I did 42T or 44T with an 11-36 cassette. I'll ride it like this for a little while and see how it goes.

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    Sram Force brifters
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    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Re: What have you done to your commuter today?

    NateHawk's saddle was too wide for the road bike I wanted to put it on so it ended up on this bike, along with mack_turtle's pedals

    What have you done to your commuter today?-uploadfromtaptalk1404755903094.jpg
    Yeah I only carry cans cause I'm a weight weenie.

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