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Old 05-23-09, 09:44 AM   #1
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Fuji Touring Series III before and during (but not after, yet)

Recent acquisition from CL. The "before" picture was not taken by me, and the "during" picture was-- pardon the gap in photographic class. Still need to get new brake pads, a new wheelest (this is a swap from a modern bike) and probably new fenders.

Anybody have a Jim Blackburn akin to the one pictured? I want to try one on the front.

The bike rides wonderfully. It's a tall one, and I'm a tall guy. This machine is on the right side of being almost too big. So stable feeling, but surprisingly light. And it's the first bike I've had which doesn't present me heel-pannier disagreement.
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Old 05-23-09, 11:30 AM   #2
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Great looking bike! I missed a Touring Series IV on CL last week, and I'm still kicking myself...
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If I were you, Id invest $30 in the bar end shifter pods from Rivendel and have the ability to bar-end shift that bike. They use the DT shift levers and just give you way to hang them on the end of the handlebars. The height of the bike creates a huge gap between the handlebars and the shifters. Of course, if you've got the long arms that go along with being a big dude, then it may not be a problem for you.

That's a really fine bike you got there. Touring bikes make excellent commuter bikes.
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rugerben, you're right-- long arms, long as they are, still have some time reaching for the dt shifters. thanks for the suggestion, i really do want barcons on the thing.
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How do you like the mustache bar? I'm thinking of one myself but have heard many say they are not good on long rides.
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The bars are all right. I am realizing that they, in order to function as designed, need to be higher than the saddle and closer to the rider. What I should have done was put a dirt drop stem on the bike instead of a technomic. The further from me the bars are, the less I seem to like the things.
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Went to a LBS today and asked to dig through the parts room. The good news is I found some barcons for $20, but the bad news is I thought the frame would have brazed DT bosses, but it's a bolt-on jobber. Is there any solution for this? And I realize my question may be better suited for the mechanics forum, but I'm here now and this is what I'm doing.

any thanks in advance
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You just need to use a clamp on double cable stop, Suntour and Shimano made them for use with stem shifters.
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