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    stop...laughing...at...my...bike....

    yeah, that frame says 'jetta' along the top tube. rescued it from a dusty garage, stripped it to the frame and built a single speed. the frame (trek 850?) is impressive in its feel and the parts build i settled on after about a year of tinkering finally feel right. i'm not sure how it will stack up against some of the bikes posted here but i am quite proud of this build and wanted to share it with you guys...." width="549">" width="549">" width="549">

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    holy crap, i am bad at this. i couldn't figure out how to get all the pics on one post, sorry. i also wanted to list some of the parts for you guys...
    frame: 96 (?) trek 850(?) 4130 cromo
    fork: salsa cromoto 26"
    cranks: truvativ holzfeller 175mm
    chainring/cog: 32t surly/16t surly
    pedals: atomlab trail pimp
    brakes: shimano deore (they get the job done)
    levers: altek (ca. mid-90's)
    tires: specialized fast track pro 2.2

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    looks like...

    it has all the basics covered...now go ride it and get us some action shots.

    Who is laughing? "Jetta"? wear it with pride. It is not what others see....its what you feel.
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    nothing to laugh at- looks like a fun ride!

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    Looks cool to me. And FUN. Go ride that baby.
    And a good day to you sir!

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    done and done!! this bike has been both my main mode of transportation and recreation for over a year now. since this build i sold my track bike and my roadie and the geared MTB has not been out of storage for two seasons (and counting). i am super proud of this bike and have a blast on it!! BTW--single speed fish fry ride and pub-run friday in milwaukee if anyone's interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dj0229
    done and done!! this bike has been both my main mode of transportation and recreation for over a year now. since this build i sold my track bike and my roadie and the geared MTB has not been out of storage for two seasons (and counting). i am super proud of this bike and have a blast on it!! BTW--single speed fish fry ride and pub-run friday in milwaukee if anyone's interested.
    That sounds like fun. Wish I were closer to Milwaukee. mmmmmm fish fry. mmmmmmmmmm beeeeer
    And a good day to you sir!

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    Looks like a great ride!

    now.. where are those action shots??

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    Looks excellent to me!

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    Looks great!

    I like the build, those brake levers look like the Reals? Do they work well with the v brakes? I am curious how the Salsa fork rides. I want to get one for my ss, but I am holding out to try and find a red one (has to be a take off from the ala carte frameset)! I am interested to hear how you like the fork, let me know. Enjoy that thing!

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    Looks like a great bike! Good job on the build.

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    Nothing at laugh at there. I worked at a Trek dealer back then and build up quite a few of those. As I recall it was actually a pretty nice bike. Nice Job.

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    'splain to me that seatpost QR. It looks like there are two? Or have i been at work to long already?
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    Looks great, like the brake levers.
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    pedals

    watch the tiny c-clip on the outboard end of the pedal shaft. it is all that holds the pedal body to the spindle. i "racked" myself really bad as a result of pedal/spindle separation. after this terribly unfortunate incident, i've become unable to, well anyway, just make sure you check that c-clip often.

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    I'd get some better pedals personally but other than that, I'm not laughing. Nice bike. Keep us posted.
    Singlespeed since September 24, 2006.

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    those pedals are atomlabs. those are nice pedals
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher
    'splain to me that seatpost QR. It looks like there are two? Or have i been at work to long already?
    you are correct, i am having a hell of a time finding a non-QR skewer to replace the QR one. the collar above it is is used so i can lock the bike up outside work/store/bar w/o the saddle and post getting stolen. ghetto, i know, but it is what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 cog frog
    I like the build, those brake levers look like the Reals? Do they work well with the v brakes? I am curious how the Salsa fork rides. I want to get one for my ss, but I am holding out to try and find a red one (has to be a take off from the ala carte frameset)! I am interested to hear how you like the fork, let me know. Enjoy that thing!

    frog
    those are ALTEK brake levers. they work flawlessly. as for the fork, the salsa is awesome. not super light but they're on the affordable end of things and track beautifully--an improvement from the previous fork on the bike(surly 1x1). BTW, according to my friend at LBS, salsa has 86'd the orange cromoto fork and is replacing it w/a red one. he said it should be available aftermarket in the coming weeks. (i asked him because my GF wants one for her bike)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude
    those pedals are atomlabs. those are nice pedals
    sry bout that. they looked like something plastic from the first pic. yeah, nice pedals .
    Singlespeed since September 24, 2006.

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    Nice bike! I'm with everyone else - action shots needed!

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    I like it lots. Of course, my first mtn. bike was a Trek 820. It's heavy as heck, but the dang thing's indestructible. I singled it out and refer to it as my "beaterspeed." When all other bikes fail me, or have to be sent in for maintenance the 820 is there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dj0229

    I think this one was a little underexposed (because of the snow)... I hope you don't mind me playing with it a bit (it still looks a bit noisy though..)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dj0229
    you are correct, i am having a hell of a time finding a non-QR skewer to replace the QR one. the collar above it is is used so i can lock the bike up outside work/store/bar w/o the saddle and post getting stolen. ghetto, i know, but it is what it is.
    I just so happen to have a Blue ano seat collar bolt that replaces that QR. Not only will it match your levers (it is also Circa mid 90s) but it will work nicely for you.

    Send me your address and I will ship it to you! it needs a good home.
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    No way am I gonna stop laughing! Get rid of that clunky, funky, SS junk and put some respectable gears on it, SRAM of course, and I'll settle down.

    Nice bike!

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    I was working at a cannondale/specialized dealer when that bike came out as a giveaway when you bought a VW Jetta. At the time that was pretty funny to us as competitors. Your bike looks nice and clean though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dj0229
    BTW--single speed fish fry ride and pub-run friday in milwaukee if anyone's interested.
    GDamn- I'm not sure that I've read about a ride that sounds nearly as fun as that in a looong time! Unfortunately, I'm in CO. Be careful of the "all-you-can-eat" offers though!
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    I too ride an old Trek...

    that I converted to a SS. Mine is a 1995 Trek 930 and I absolutely love it. Enjoy it.
    "The stupid shall be punished."

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    Wow, takes me back to my first Trek. 850 Antelope, if I recall.
    I beat the snot out of that bike. Gotta love steel!
    Actually it still lives with my best friend.
    Next to I fly out to the SF bay area I'm gonna turn it into a SS for him...whether he likes it or not.
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    It looks tons better than my diamond back single from Dicks.

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