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Old 06-16-06, 08:43 AM   #1
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Who else rides a Redline 925?

just wondering. i bought mine in Feb when it was 1st available.
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Old 06-16-06, 09:15 AM   #2
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Well, technically, I don't have a Redline 925. I built my own knock-off this summer, though.

I bought a 1980's steel road bike with horizontal dropouts for $15. Stripped it to the frame and built it back up as a SS. Redished the rear wheel and threaded on a 17t BMX freewheel. Installed a Shimano cartridge BB and 165mm cranks. Replaced the handlebars and single pivot brakes.

Raleigh 51 cm cromo steel frame
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Only thing I'm really missing is the flip-flop hub. Its the original one sided hub. Maybe my bike is a little heavier too. I'm really happy with it. Lots of fun.
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Old 06-16-06, 10:38 AM   #3
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I had ordered one, but after two months of production delays I ended up with a Giant Bowery.
Similarites: single speed, compact frame, straight forks, flip flop hub
Differences: no fenders, drop bars, aluminum frame
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I would love to get my hands on one but I would have to OK it with the Wife...not sure she is up for another bike in the house just yet.

It would be a great commuter for this area.
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I would love to get my hands on one but I would have to OK it with the Wife...not sure she is up for another bike in the house just yet.

It would be a great commuter for this area.
That's what's good about my method. Bring it home as a $15 garage sale find that you just couldn't pass up. Then you can just sort of accquire the neccesary parts for the coversion one piece at a time over the next several months.
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I just picked my Redline up last week. I have only managed to get about a hour of total riding time in on it. But so far I really like it. I bought it to take on the road with me as a cruiser/workout. I travel...alot and wanted the ability to ride when I was a way from home, to see the sights and just to keep riding. I am currently working from N Charleston, SC it is pretty flat down there so the fixed gear works great. I haven't made any mods yet, but a Brooks saddle and a Tubus rack are in the works. I got one of last one availble for this year. Fortunately for me all they had left were 60cm which is my size.

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I bought it to take on the road with me as a cruiser/workout. I travel...alot and wanted the ability to ride when I was a way from home, to see the sights and just to keep riding.
Do you drive or fly? If you fly, any hints on taking the bike with you without losing your shirt? I'd love to bring my SS along on week long (or more) business trips, but the airlines charge so much it makes it hard.
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Do you drive or fly? If you fly, any hints on taking the bike with you without losing your shirt? I'd love to bring my SS along on week long (or more) business trips, but the airlines charge so much it makes it hard.
I drive. If I were flying I would have to spring for a Bike Friday. As far as I know they don't make a fixed gear, but there are ways around that Eventually I will get a BF probably the NWT model. But that is about $1200 down the road

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Do you drive or fly? If you fly, any hints on taking the bike with you without losing your shirt? I'd love to bring my SS along on week long (or more) business trips, but the airlines charge so much it makes it hard.

how bout getting some s&s couplers installed for a travel bike?

http://www.bikyle.com/s_&_s_couplers.htm
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I have one, it's my main commuter. I like it lots.

wahoonc, if you're riding fixed be sure to take off the lockring and cog and double check to see if the threads have been greased and that everything's tight enough. otherwise you might ruin the hub.
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I have one, it's my main commuter. I like it lots.

wahoonc, if you're riding fixed be sure to take off the lockring and cog and double check to see if the threads have been greased and that everything's tight enough. otherwise you might ruin the hub.
OHBOY more maintenance Thanks for the tip. I am still tweaking the set up on it so no big deal. Also looking at racks for it...I like the Tubus Fly, but still not sure I am going that route. I have the Brooks for it, just got to get it and the bike in the same state long enough to get it installed.

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Me too.

Added Nitto bars, my Brooks Team Pro.
Been riding SS - going to switch to fixed this week.
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how bout getting some s&s couplers installed for a travel bike?

http://www.bikyle.com/s_&_s_couplers.htm

I'm getting a new IF bike, and I asked about SS couplers... they are EXPENSIVE! Add about $800 for the couplers and covers, then add about the same to do labor and figure in cable couplers and etc...

The guys at IF told me they made sense if I flew ALOT for work... I fly enough - but not enough to justify the cost. I spent the money on a Ti frame, otherwise I was looking at steel with couplers...


Look really cool - and the demo I saw of them looked solid and well done / engineered.
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I have looked at the S&S couplers but can't justify the expense. To me a Bike Friday would be a better deal. Now on a big tandem or triplet, maybe. But not on something to just tool around on.

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Hey guys, I'm ordering a Redline 925 to have it shipped to Canada. I need some advice on the sizing, whether to order a 52 or a 54. I'm 5'7...what do you guys think?
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Hey guys, I'm ordering a Redline 925 to have it shipped to Canada. I need some advice on the sizing, whether to order a 52 or a 54. I'm 5'7...what do you guys think?
I'm 5'8" and got the 54. Wish I had the 56. They seem (from my expereince) to run small.

Wish I had the larger version to cut down on the toe overlap and to stretch me out a bit more. I'm going to a longer stem... but I feel cramped. (my road bike is a LeMond - so I'm used to a long reach)
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Thanks bmike, it seems as if I'll be safe with the 54 then. Can't wait to get it! How do you like yours other then being cramped?
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Thanks bmike, it seems as if I'll be safe with the 54 then. Can't wait to get it! How do you like yours other then being cramped?
Love it.
Been riding it SS around town. Need to try fixed.
Put a Brooks Team Pro on it, and swapped the bars for Nitto Moustache. (didn't like the stock bars...)
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i'd love to see pics...
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I have one ordered. I should have it in a week or two.
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They do run small. My road bike is a 57 and fits nicely. In the 925 I bought a 60, as they 58 felt cramped. I am 6'1".

It's a nice bike, but you get what you pay for, and this was only $470. Solid frame, good wheelset, and a few nice "extras" that are not often included, such as pedals, fenders, good fat tires. The components, however, are a little cheap and nasty but can be upgraded over time. It's a good, inexpensive runabout bike.
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best bike purchase i've made. quick, nimble, light, does the job with absolutely no hassles of any kind.

added a rack, lights, water cage, and switched the pedals to shimano clipless. everything else is stock and feels just fine. might change the handlebars to Nitto.... and want a Brooks saddle one day.
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The more I see compact geometry and threadless stems, the more I don't want a new bike! No offense meant mind you, it's just personal taste.
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yeah, I would have preferred to spend at least three times as much for a rivendell or something like that too.... but I didn't have that kind of money.
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