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Old 04-06-12, 03:24 AM   #9501
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I didn't even notice it until you pointed that out. Good eye.

I guess since it flowed along the same line as the top tube, it just blended in and worked. Now you pointed it out, it still doesn't bug me. Weird.
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Old 04-06-12, 03:34 AM   #9502
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Old 04-06-12, 05:53 PM   #9503
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I know, I know, it's crossed chained...

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Old 04-06-12, 07:30 PM   #9504
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Can't you just eyeball that sort of thing? I haven't had to do it before, so call me crazy...
Some people do this with a huge adjustsable wrench or just by jamming an allen key in there and bending it by eye, but this is a really terrible idea. If you "ovalize" the hanger bolt hole you're ****ed. It's a lot easier to have the shop do it for a few bucks or find a bike co-op.
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Old 04-06-12, 09:11 PM   #9505
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Maybe I missed it, but was this built up from that gigantic Nashbar frame sale?
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Old 04-06-12, 10:57 PM   #9506
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Maybe I missed it, but was this built up from that gigantic Nashbar frame sale?
Yup!
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Old 04-06-12, 11:15 PM   #9507
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Some people do this with a huge adjustsable wrench or just by jamming an allen key in there and bending it by eye, but this is a really terrible idea. If you "ovalize" the hanger bolt hole you're ****ed. It's a lot easier to have the shop do it for a few bucks or find a bike co-op.
The shop caught it for me the one time I bent a derailleur hanger. I went down when my chain got caught between my big ring and the f/d in an intersection and snapped a link. Not being the amateur wrench I am now, I got it together at the curb and limped home, then took it to the shop.

Now all of my bikes are either SS or have replaceable hangers.
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Old 04-07-12, 12:01 AM   #9508
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DVC45: That's a big seat post rack/bag thing you have. Doesn't it put lateral stress on the seat post or the seat tube? Nice bike, btw.
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DVC45: That's a big seat post rack/bag thing you have. Doesn't it put lateral stress on the seat post or the seat tube? Nice bike, btw.
Maybe, but my seat post is aluminum, if that matters.
I only put extra coat, tire repair kit and lunch in there. Nothing heavy.

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Old 04-07-12, 07:27 AM   #9510
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Yup!
Sweet did it come together well? Maybe you had a thread about the bike and I missed it because I didn't post for a while. If there was a thread I would like to read it. I would be alot more jealous that I never got one of those Nashbar frames to build up if I hadn't got such a great deal on my Windsor Tourist.
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Old 04-07-12, 08:30 AM   #9511
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Sweet did it come together well? Maybe you had a thread about the bike and I missed it because I didn't post for a while. If there was a thread I would like to read it. I would be alot more jealous that I never got one of those Nashbar frames to build up if I hadn't got such a great deal on my Windsor Tourist.
The forum is not allowing username thread search (or maybe it's just me).
Anyway, the only thing I was disappointed of, is the frame won't take 700x35 tires with fenders on. But, yes, the build was problem free. Everything fell in place. I was able to use most parts I have laying around to good use. The dynamo hub and Planet Bike Blaze headlight is nice thing to have and the disc brake in front is awesome for stopping. I'm really happy with this build.

I will eventually convert it to full disc brakes, but only if I find a great deal for one.
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Old 04-09-12, 04:29 AM   #9512
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Nashbar steel CX and Leader 722ts. one for the gravel access roads to one office, one for the urban ride to the other:



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Old 04-09-12, 06:18 AM   #9513
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Beautiful Redline^^
(One small cosmetic flaws, rack is not level..)
If you square off the support it will have more strength then if you were to leave it rounded. At least that has been my experience.

Like the bell BTW.
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Old 04-09-12, 02:05 PM   #9514
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I've already been using her to go everywhere on my daily routine, including commuting to work. Originally built her to be my all around, all weather, on road/off road riding machine. She's turning out to be my "go anywhere, anytime" riding machine. Hardly use any of my motored vehicles to go around town anymore... I just love to ride my Gunnar wherever I go.












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Old 04-10-12, 10:55 PM   #9515
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Hi,

This is my go to anywhere bike (missus banned from the bedroom, though :-)).
2011 Tricross Comp. Changed the pedals to XT trekking pedals and added fenders. Otherwise, stock.







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Nice bike. ^ ^
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Old 04-10-12, 11:22 PM   #9517
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This is my go to anywhere bike (missus banned from the bedroom, though :-)).
2011 Tricross Comp. Changed the pedals to XT trekking pedals and added fenders. Otherwise, stock.


Nice.
You also have the option of throwing a rack & panniers on there if desired or needed (groceries, winter commuting depending on where you live, etc).

Cool ride!
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Old 04-11-12, 07:11 AM   #9518
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Here is the latest configuration of my Salsa Fargo. Went on an 80 mile gravel road ride last Saturday with the setup pictured. I think I actually prefer this setup more than my full fenders and slicks.

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Old 04-11-12, 07:17 AM   #9519
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My 2011 520, got my front rack and front panniers in the mail right now. Just got my Tubus cargo back rack yesterday.


New Cargo rack.
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Old 04-11-12, 10:23 AM   #9520
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Trek 520's are nice.

I like mine a lot.

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Old 04-11-12, 11:23 AM   #9521
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Ah, so jealous of those of you with 520s. Nice bikes.
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Old 04-11-12, 12:31 PM   #9522
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Old 04-11-12, 12:38 PM   #9523
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Here's mine. A 2009 Surly LHT with a single Ortlieb Rear Classic Roller.
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^ That is a proper touring bike. Did you post the picture in the wrong thread?
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Old 04-11-12, 01:24 PM   #9525
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^ That is a proper touring bike. Did you post the picture in the wrong thread?
I didn't, although I do have the full matching set of Back Roller and Front Roller Classics. With any luck the bike will get to see the Oregon Coast in it's entirety in the Fall of 2013. But it is my everything bike. I bought it because it will do it all, I am slow and heavy so no racing aspirations which is about the only thing this bike doesn't do well.
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