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    How easy is it to take off a Gyro?

    I am going to buy a Eastern Shovelhead but I dont really want or liek the gyro thing, I just want a brake line fromt the lever to the brake where the other one would have gone, but obviously without the gyro........I will be doing dirt and some street stuff..........How east it to take off this gryo? And is it a hard to run your own brake line?
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    Pretty easy. All you have to do is remove the stem with the bars still on it. Should be able to take the upper plate off this way, too. You may need a 1/8" headset spacer to replace the upper gyro plate so you can properly adjust the headset.

    And of course, when running new cables always measure twice and cut once. Make sure to leave enough housing to spin the bars one and a half times in both directions without binding the cable or you could be in for a hard crash if you ever decide to throw a barspin.

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    And I can buy all of the spacer things a dans right?

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    "Uh-uh. Respek Knuckles." hypersnazz's Avatar
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    Aluminum headset spacers, item #309045, or get 'em at your LBS for about the same price.

    Of course, if I were you I'd go with carbon fiber headset spacers because they'll make your 35lb bike 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000004lb lighter.

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    ill take the cheaper one

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypersnazz
    Aluminum headset spacers, item #309045, or get 'em at your LBS for about the same price.

    Of course, if I were you I'd go with carbon fiber headset spacers because they'll make your 35lb bike 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000004lb lighter.
    Have you seen what they're willing to pay for Ti spacers on ebay? I'm going to list some PVC ones as "Lightweight, space-age composite" and see how many suckers there are.

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    hey i have a gyro question how do you take off the stem isnt it that thing on the stop of the stem like were the brake cable goes in?
    Heck yes i did

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Have you seen what they're willing to pay for Ti spacers on ebay? I'm going to list some PVC ones as "Lightweight, space-age composite" and see how many suckers there are.

    Isn't aluminum lighter than titanium?

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    Yes, it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerman
    Yes, it is.

    Lighter than steel (1020, 4130, OX Platinum, Reynolds 853, whatever) but heavier than aluminum. The advantage to going Ti is that it's damp, flexes like steel, has an almost unlimited fatigue life and it's...well, light(er than steel). Great for high stress applications where steel is still preferable to aluminum or carbon. No material is 'too good to be true' or has absolutely no disadvantages or inappropriate uses. Carbon comes pretty @#!$in' close, though. I'm waiting to find out that stuff causes horrible tumors in rhesus monkeys or something.

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    We do have a pet Rhesus monkey that rides the tandem with us, so that would suck. And yes, it's the density and tensile strength that make it hard to beat. Of the four common bicycle materials - steel, aluminum, carbon fibre, and titanium, only the last one is not prone to sudden and catastrophic failure. It's also rustproof and non-corrosive.

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    Very Easy to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    We do have a pet Rhesus monkey that rides the tandem with us, so that would suck.
    You better replace your carbon headset spacers with Ti, just to be sure. Besides, they could like...shatter on impact while you're practicing manuals and give his paws terrible splinters.

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    Expatriate you never cease to amze me, first the cool ass tandem, then a monkey! I wish I was your kid I mean a monkey! :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypersnazz
    You better replace your carbon headset spacers with Ti, just to be sure. Besides, they could like...shatter on impact while you're practicing manuals and give his paws terrible splinters.
    We took the tandem out today, just to go pick up some brekkie. I hear some silly tune playing, the next thing I know, my wife's yakking away on the phone. Drives the monkey nuts when she does that.

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    the only way to get it off is with a blow torch, or a hacksaw... dont listen to these guys' they are just pullin your leg w/ all this nonsense about TOOLS.
    go more faster

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    If I had a monkey, OMG I could buy him a 16 inch bike and teach him how to ride, and that'd be cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireTeamCharlie
    If I had a monkey, OMG I could buy him a 16 inch bike and teach him how to ride, and that'd be cool.
    Everyone knows they only ride 10" bikes. Geez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Everyone knows they only ride 10" bikes. Geez.
    Vest. Fez. Think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypersnazz
    Vest. Fez. Think about it.
    That's not a monkey, that's a Capuchin. Organ grinding sounds painful. And you forgot the tin cup.

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    Touche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    We do have a pet Rhesus monkey that rides the tandem with us, so that would suck. And yes, it's the density and tensile strength that make it hard to beat. Of the four common bicycle materials - steel, aluminum, carbon fibre, and titanium, only the last one is not prone to sudden and catastrophic failure. It's also rustproof and non-corrosive.
    yeah, but don't forget the anti-seize...Ti is pretty loose with it's electrons, if you know what i mean....

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneTinSloth
    yeah, but don't forget the anti-seize...Ti is pretty loose with it's electrons, if you know what i mean....
    Funny, it's supposed to be so difficult to weld, yet it cold welds itself to everything else. Maybe we're on to something here? I've got a huge jar of anti-sieze, with a brush even. Lifetime supply.

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