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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey Hodie
    Nice. How are the Ergon grips?
    They're a little bit dirty, it seems.

    They work pretty well for me. I use the bar-ends a lot to get different hand positions, which is critical on longer rides.

    However, you either have to get a longer handlebar, or switch to a trigger shifter, if you want to use them with bar-ends. You will also have to cut down the right one quite a bit to get it to fit.

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    My fixie Swift with new Nitto 105 bars.




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    Quote Originally Posted by james_swift
    My fixie Swift with new Nitto 105 bars.
    James, I expect you to have moustache bars next month, then trekking/butterfly bars the month after that. Different bars for different seasons?

    What happened to your quick releases?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kb5ql
    James, I expect you to have moustache bars next month, then trekking/butterfly bars the month after that. Different bars for different seasons?

    What happened to your quick releases?
    These bars are next.

    I replaced the QRs with MTB seatpost binder bolts. I like the cleaner look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james_swift
    These bars are next.

    I replaced the QRs with MTB seatpost binder bolts. I like the cleaner look.
    Ha! You're not allowed to buy upgrades that are worth more than the bike itself

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    Nothing really unusual about my Swift but it is a great bike (we all know that of course). I have fitted mudguards (fenders) a Fizik saddle, a bar stem which raises the height of the 'bars and Ergon 'bar ends. Luggage is all from Rixen/Kaul. The rest of the set up is standard; 8 SRAM gears, 100psi tyres and standard brakes. I seem to spend more time explaining the bike to other people than riding it!
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    OK fellow Swifters; How do you upload large format photo's to this site. I have to reduce mine to thumbnails before I can send them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Braithwait
    OK fellow Swifters; How do you upload large format photo's to this site. I have to reduce mine to thumbnails before I can send them.
    You have to link them from another site.

    Try hosting them on a blog, or a photo site like Flickr. Then make sure you use the (IMG) (/IMG) tags to designate the location. Brackets instead of parenthesis.... if I'd used the brackets in this post, the tags wouldn't have shown.

    PS If you take James's photo-post from above, and hit "reply w/quote", take a look at how his post is quoted. You'll see what I'm talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Braithwait
    OK fellow Swifters; How do you upload large format photo's to this site. I have to reduce mine to thumbnails before I can send them.
    Photobucket.

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    Some really cool bikes...I think I want a swift now.
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    Thanks James,

    This is just to see if it works!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Braithwait

    Thanks James,

    This is just to see if it works!
    Adding bags to the stock bike doesn't count.

    1. Remove reflectors
    2. Clipless Pedals
    3. Exotic Handlebar selection (preferably mustache)

    Then you can repost...


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    Quote Originally Posted by kb5ql
    Adding bags to the stock bike doesn't count.

    1. Remove reflectors
    2. Clipless Pedals
    3. Exotic Handlebar selection (preferably mustache)

    Then you can repost...

    Thought about removing the reflectors - but I live in the UK where the national sport is "Kill A Cyclist". If you wish to murder someone in the UK simply run them over in your car, if they were riding a bike at the time the case probably won't even make the courts. This country is a very dangerous place to live if you use two wheels.

    I have tried a variety of clipless pedals (SPD type) on my collection of bikes and have suffered from numb toes and cramp in my feet. I don't have a problem using them, I just don't like to suffer for fashion. I went back to the old fashioned toe clips and straps and have had no problems at all. I do not tighten the straps very much - just enough to prevent my feet from moving on the pedals. This means I can cycle in any comfortable footwear, walk properly, and comply with UK law by having reflectors on my pedals. Clipless Pedals are no doubt fine for racing but I am a leisure rider and am more than happy with my "Grandad" pedals - come to think of it - I am a grandad!

    As for the 'bars; I like the straight ones that came with the bike. I have curly ones on my lightweight racing models and my trusty steel framed tourer, so the flat bars (fitted with Ergon 'bar ends) make a nice change.

    The photo I submitted was one I took just after I bought the bike and I was experimenting (with the photo) to see if I could post it on this site which is why the bike is pretty much standard. I have been very impressed with some of the customising that Swifters have done to their steeds but I am happy with my current set up.


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    Is your bike blue or purple. It seems unable to decide!

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    My Swift frame has the same tendency to play chameleon between blue & purple. I natural light it seems deep blue but there are definite puple components in there that get emphasized under certain color temperatures and/or spectral composition. No doubt you know all about this sort of stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittlePixel
    Is your bike blue or purple. It seems unable to decide!
    It is blue, but you're right under some lighting conditions it looks purple. It must be that shade of blue that does it because I sold a conventional racing frame, of the same colour, by advertising it in a cycling magazine and when they printed the photo it came out purple. The first photo of the Swift leaning against the stone wall is pretty accurate colour-wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Braithwait
    Clipless Pedals are no doubt fine for racing but I am a leisure rider and am more than happy with my "Grandad" pedals - come to think of it - I am a grandad!
    Don't let them unsell your old-school pedals. Pedals of this kind are still used in track-racing competitions and have many advantages, both in sport and casual riding. (Some people just can't handle them)
    I find them definetely NOT grandpa-style!

    BTHW: I use a nice cristophe pedal stap to protect my trowsers from the wildly spinning chainring. That works perfect and looks much prettier than the usual neon-plastic straps or just pulling the edge of my trowsers into the socks.
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    Update.
    I mounted straight handlebars with some neat leather-grips that match with the Ideale seat.
    Also an antique 167,5mm Campagnolo Pista Crank with a big 54T pista chainring.
    How do you like it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zepi
    Update.
    I mounted straight handlebars with some neat leather-grips that match with the Ideale seat.
    Also an antique 167,5mm Campagnolo Pista Crank with a big 54T pista chainring.
    How do you like it?
    Now THAT'S what I call a proper fixed Swift. Brilliant!

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    Updated pics of mine (with new Surly chaintugg):

    Last edited by james_swift; 07-07-07 at 04:02 PM.

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    Not the clearest photo, but I really like the way the flash makes the reflective strips glow. I saw the anime Akira at a young age and those motorbikes' taillight trails still haunt me. I'll take more photos some other time.



    Deep V MTB rims, Big Apples, Sugino cranks and 48t chainring, EAI 13t cog, Nitto bullhorns, MKS Promenade quick-release pedals with Power Grips, Terry Falcon Y saddle.

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    Got these beautiful Sugino RD2 track cranks in 165mm:



    Last edited by james_swift; 07-03-07 at 09:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james_swift
    Updated pics of mine (with new Surly chaintugg):




    hey james, where did you get the chaintugg and how much was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by james_swift
    Got these beautiful Sugino RD2 track cranks in 165mm:



    also, what of brake lever is that? i went to a bike shop looking for a lever to place it where it is on your handlebar, but the guy said only the diacompe's are compatible with V brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosquito
    hey james, where did you get the chaintugg and how much was it?
    Quote Originally Posted by mosquito
    also, what of brake lever is that? i went to a bike shop looking for a lever to place it where it is on your handlebar, but the guy said only the diacompe's are compatible with V brakes.?
    I got the Surly chaintug for $23 from here.

    The brake lever is from Nashbar (got it for $12 on sale). The pull doesn't match the V-brake, but since I prefer to skid/skip to stop on my fixie, perfection with the front brake action doesn't really matter that much to me.
    Last edited by james_swift; 07-04-07 at 08:40 PM.

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