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Old 09-03-05, 06:23 AM   #1
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She's ready to be ridden

Here she is, my first build. Finished building the wheels at 4AM, took her out for her maiden run this afternoon.

She's a Surly 58cm Long Haul Trucker frame with Deore LX driveline components and Dura-Ace barend shifters.

Still have a few bits to go before she's exactly as I want her. Still waiting on delivery of the Brooks champion flyer saddle, Conti Ultra Gators, front rack & panniers, and SKS chrome fenders.

Her main duties will be fair weather commuting and audax & other long distance rides, with some grocery shopping thrown in.

If anyone's interested in the specs just ask.
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Old 09-03-05, 06:42 AM   #2
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very nice. You're going to love the gatorskins. I just put some on my bike about a week ago and they roll great.
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Niiice. I'm building a LHT too. I've just placed an order for Harris Cyclery to build me a nice set of wheels. Bike won't be finished any time soon though...
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very nice. You're going to love the gatorskins. I just put some on my bike about a week ago and they roll great.
I'm so glad to hear this. How are you finding them in terms of puncture resistance?

I was trying to find a balance between puncture resistance and easy rolling when I picked these.
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Niiice. I'm building a LHT too. I've just placed an order for Harris Cyclery to build me a nice set of wheels. Bike won't be finished any time soon though...
I learn't 99% of what I know about wheels from sheldon brown's website so I think you can't go wrong there.

What brakes are you planning to use?
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I learn't 99% of what I know about wheels from sheldon brown's website so I think you can't go wrong there.

What brakes are you planning to use?
I was thinking mebbe these:



Not sure though yet...
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Here she is, my first build. Finished building the wheels at 4AM, took her out for her maiden run this afternoon.

She's a Surly 58cm Long Haul Trucker frame with Deore LX driveline components and Dura-Ace barend shifters.

Still have a few bits to go before she's exactly as I want her. Still waiting on delivery of the Brooks champion flyer saddle, Conti Ultra Gators, front rack & panniers, and SKS chrome fenders.

Her main duties will be fair weather commuting and audax & other long distance rides, with some grocery shopping thrown in.

If anyone's interested in the specs just ask.
It's a beautiful bicycle, except the handlebar, shifter, and especially the brake lever setup looks dysfunctional.

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Looks pretty awesome. Surly seems like a great base to build from.

When I wear out the Vittoria Rubinos that came on by bike, I'll probably go to Gatorskins. Everyone I know who runs them says they're nigh on indestructible, and while they're pricey, they pay for themselves in lasting for ages and ages, miles and miles.
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It's a beautiful bicycle, except the handlebar, shifter, and especially the brake lever setup looks disfunctional.
Yeah, I know it looks a bit strange but let me tell ya, from a functional point of view if you try it i think you'll love it. I can work the brakes and gears from the same hand position, a position that feels totally natural and more in control to me.

Totally conincidental benefit is that I love the unusual look of it, but that wasn't a factor when I planned it.
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I was thinking mebbe these:



Not sure though yet...
This was the setup I was going to use before I discovered the dia compes. I think the '6' model would be worth the few extra dollars over the '4' model IMHO. As it is the V's are working out OK but if my setup gives me any grief I'll go with these too. Let me know how yours go.
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Looks great. How many hours did you invest?
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Great Bike! Setup really well.

What bag do you have on your rear rack? I looking for a bag that size.
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Looks pretty awesome.
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Yeah, I know it looks a bit strange but let me tell ya, from a functional point of view if you try it i think you'll love it. I can work the brakes and gears from the same hand position, a position that feels totally natural and more in control to me.

Totally conincidental benefit is that I love the unusual look of it, but that wasn't a factor when I planned it.
Everybody has their preferences.

I have considered a similar setup. But I would use Time Trial brake levers on the Bullhorn handlebar and downtube shifters as the Surley has the brazed on bosses.

Anyway I bought a Kona Smoke instead. It has grip shifters; which I am not crazy about but as you say everything is right at your hands.
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Great Bike! Setup really well.

What bag do you have on your rear rack? I looking for a bag that size.
That's the Topeak bag that slides onto V-grooves on the rack. A bit pricey but so quick and easy to take on/off. The corresponding Topeak rackin the picture is alloy so i don't think I'd trust it for fully loaded touring, I'll probably go with a Tubus cro-mo setup for that.
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That's the Topeak bag that slides onto V-grooves on the rack. A bit pricey but so quick and easy to take on/off. The corresponding Topeak rackin the picture is alloy so i don't think I'd trust it for fully loaded touring, I'll probably go with a Tubus cro-mo setup for that.
When I decided to go for a Tubus rack, mostly because of the look and weight, I checked up their website and found the Norwegian dealer.

Turns out he's not a std. dealer, but one of the owners. Top of luck. He's brother, where he had some racks laying, was living i my town.
So the day after I decided to go for a Tubus, I picked it up a few miles from my place. Saved the shipping time and money.
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I have nothing but good to say for Gatorskins, good traction and geez it took forever just to wear the flash off, so the mileage per tire appears to be great. Not a flat yet, in 2 months, picked a piece of glass out once but no problem.

Love those handlebars! Toro! Toro!
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When I decided to go for a Tubus rack, mostly because of the look and weight, I checked up their website and found the Norwegian dealer.

Turns out he's not a std. dealer, but one of the owners. Top of luck. He's brother, where he had some racks laying, was living i my town.
So the day after I decided to go for a Tubus, I picked it up a few miles from my place. Saved the shipping time and money.
I just checked out the links to your bikes (I assume they're your bikes) and wow niiiice bikes, man!

Is that a Tubus rack on the Airborne Carpe Diem?
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Looks great. How many hours did you invest?
To be honest the actual building is really quick and easy although I couldn't give you an exact number of hours, I bolted stuff on as it arrived in the mail

What took a long time was all the research. About 6 months of digging through every source of info. Mostly on the internet but also talking to bike shops, manufacturers, comparing design, etc. Quickly realised that 99% of bike shops have no idea what they're talking about beyond what's in the product brochures of what they sell. A lot of places have 'mechanics' that shouldn't be allowed within 100 feet of a bike. Very dissapointing. But when you find the other 1% treat them like gold
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I'm so glad to hear this. How are you finding them in terms of puncture resistance?

I was trying to find a balance between puncture resistance and easy rolling when I picked these.


I havent had a flat yet. Call me crazy, but I ran through a couple of broken bottles to test them out. I wasnt far from home so I didnt care if they did go flat. I didnt find any glass in them either. Like the other guy said, the flashing(or whatever you call it) is still on the tires.
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I just checked out the links to your bikes (I assume they're your bikes) and wow niiiice bikes, man!

Is that a Tubus rack on the Airborne Carpe Diem?
Thanks. Glad you like the bikes. And to tell the truth, so do I.
The Specialized has a single ring w/guards setup now , but everything
else is more or less the same

The rack on the C.D. is a Tubus Fly. I was in fact thinking of the stainless steel version,
but delivery time (and price) made me settle for the fly.

Question: You're saying that's your first build and that you finished the wheels at 4 am.
You really did the wheels as well? On your first build? That's good. The bike looks great.
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Nice set-up! As it happens, the Dia-Compe levers and v-brakes are the exact set-up I'm planning for a future LHT (I have the levers and brakes, soo...). How's that working out for you? Braking power good? What about the modulation, and just the 'feel' of the brakes. It's good to see that I'm not some lone nut! I just loves me the v-brakes. I miss having a v-brake capable bike.
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Question: You're saying that's your first build and that you finished the wheels at 4 am.
You really did the wheels as well? On your first build? That's good. The bike looks great.
Yeah, I sure did, probably a bit crazy but I figure the best way to learn is to jump in and have a go.
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Nice set-up! As it happens, the Dia-Compe levers and v-brakes are the exact set-up I'm planning for a future LHT (I have the levers and brakes, soo...). How's that working out for you? Braking power good? What about the modulation, and just the 'feel' of the brakes. It's good to see that I'm not some lone nut! I just loves me the v-brakes. I miss having a v-brake capable bike.
I rode her to work this morning. The braking is absolutely superb, total control and heaps of power in reserve, it should handle a full touring load with ease. Modulation is great, you can feel exactly whats happening at the wheels and make very fine adjustments. It's early yet but I'm already 100% confident with the brakes. The bar setup looks weird but I'm settling in to it quickly. All the controls feel very ergonomic.

You're not the lone nut, there's at least two of us.
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