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airwulf 03-02-12 07:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rcnute (Post 13849234)
Has anyone else had squealy brakes? I took off the stock pads and installed Kool Stop Continentals. Sanded the pads down but the squeal is still awful. Any tips? I don't know if the rim surface has something to do with it.

Ryan

I have the stock pads and they are fine. I had the squeal like yours on my Raleigh20 with Kool Stop pads and I
could not get it to stop. My LBS fixed it by setting toe-in the right way.

My Nano is now rolling on Primo Comets (20x1.5) and what a difference they make. I can coast a lot farther than on Kenda's and acceleration is better, too. Other recent upgrades include orange Gates pedals from Fyxation, Nitto stem, Origin8 levers, Axiom Adjustable Journey rack, rim tape and schrader tubes.

itsmoot 03-02-12 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by airwulf (Post 13924431)
My Nano is now rolling on Primo Comets (20x1.5) and what a difference they make. I can coast a lot farther than on Kenda's and acceleration is better, too.

I'm trying to decide between those and Greenspeed Scorchers. My Nano rides rough as hell with the narrow IRC Metros I originally installed. The Nano's frame and fork is maybe a little too stiff.

martinus 03-10-12 07:17 PM

From vwvortex...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7037/6...dee119ae_z.jpg

rcnute 03-11-12 11:57 PM

Can anyone think of a front rack that would work on a Nano? What about the Dahon Traveler? I'd like to ziptie a basket to it. Thanks!

Ryan

monsterpile 03-18-12 03:08 PM

So I picked up a cheap unique road bike Friday with a 60 tooth chain ring I am planning to take off and store for later to add to my mini velo if the need arises. Is there an special considerations I need to know about with a chain ring that size including deraillers? Thanks for any thoughts.

Edit: Nevermind I don't think its going to be worth it because the chainring is 144 BCD and i am pretty sure I don't have anything to swap so yeah I think I'll just throw it back on the bike and move the bike along to someone else intact.

iamdougsbike 03-29-12 04:29 PM

Martinus - Where did you buy the 58t ring? I can't find it online anywhere...

All - Also I was wondering if the larger size would be good for me @ 5'9"??
I already ordered and want to know if I should change the order or not.

Poguemahone 03-29-12 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamdougsbike (Post 14033055)
Martinus - Where did you buy the 58t ring? I can't find it online anywhere...

All - Also I was wondering if the larger size would be good for me @ 5'9"??
I already ordered and want to know if I should change the order or not.

You're likely fine on the sizing.

I believe the "engagement ring" on Martinus' bike is a QBP product. Should be available on order through most bike shops; I'd wager 99% of them have a QBP account. Make sure you get the proper BCD 130mm.

mirfi 03-31-12 06:58 PM

Hello,

New guy here, I joined cause I have folders, but wet my pants when I saw this thread...my mini-velo ships Monday from BD.

Big Chainrings

www.hostelshoppe.com/

First post/reply, not used to this forum thing.

airwulf 04-17-12 07:00 PM

Last Sun I did a charity ride and completed 43 miles on my Nano. It was really windy (gusts to 30mph) for most of the route but with a tailwind I could easily cruise at 18-20mph on the country roads. Tires are Primo Comets and the drive train is stock. It was quite an outing and I got several compliments about my Nano from the other riders. Fun ride.

fietsbob 04-17-12 09:02 PM

Hey Ryan How about getting a CETMA rack made for that Nano?
Vic raved about the one he got made for his Tikit.

mirfi 04-19-12 01:17 PM

Hello and help,

It will be a month before I can ride my Nano. (Rotator cuff/SLAP tear surgery). But I know about undergeared 20 inch bikes...

Planning to upgrade to 11/32 cassette.

Two questions
1) Will this work/compatible?

SRAM PG-830 8-Speed Cassette


http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...AID=1120061383

2) If I need to get a new chain, is this correct?

Sram Pc 850 8 Speed Chain


http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...3#ReviewHeader

I apologize for the weird formatting.

Kevin.

monsterpile 04-19-12 09:18 PM

I had a fellow commuter stop me today when I was on an errand during my commute home to ask about the bike and where I got it from. He seemed like he might get one himself.

cedar_lake 04-23-12 07:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mirfi (Post 14119348)
Hello and help,

It will be a month before I can ride my Nano. (Rotator cuff/SLAP tear surgery). But I know about undergeared 20 inch bikes...

Planning to upgrade to 11/32 cassette.

Two questions
1) Will this work/compatible?

SRAM PG-830 8-Speed Cassette


http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...AID=1120061383

2) If I need to get a new chain, is this correct?

Sram Pc 850 8 Speed Chain


http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...3#ReviewHeader

I apologize for the weird formatting.

Kevin.

That should all work. I believe dion put on an 11-32 and the derailer worked with it. 8 speed chain for an 8-speed cassette sounds about right.

If you leave the 39 little ring on a 39X32 granny gear with 406 wheels will allow you to pull stumps.

cedar_lake 04-23-12 07:21 AM

Also I should chime in that I flatted my minits lite again this weekend. Stay away from these tires. I think it is a combination of thin rubber on the tread and the stickiness of that rubber making it into a glass magnet. I booted the tire with a dollar bill and rode on, but I'll be replacing these sooner rather than later. Kojaks or Comets I think.

I'm very happy with my 56 big ring but to be honest it is still pretty easy to spin out a 56X11 with the small wheels. Given the twitch factor of the short wheelbase I'm not sure how much faster I'd want to be going on the bike anyway!

martinus 04-24-12 08:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Poguemahone (Post 14033705)
You're likely fine on the sizing.

I believe the "engagement ring" on Martinus' bike is a QBP product. Should be available on order through most bike shops; I'd wager 99% of them have a QBP account. Make sure you get the proper BCD 130mm.

Yep.

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...2&d=1308784338

Got it back in 99 ... for a franken commuter of a bmx.

Back Stabbath 04-24-12 09:43 AM

anyone got a used one in NYC? selling my beefed up Downtube folder to grab one of these...

mirfi 04-24-12 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cedar_lake (Post 14133479)
That should all work. I believe dion put on an 11-32 and the derailer worked with it. 8 speed chain for an 8-speed cassette sounds about right.

If you leave the 39 little ring on a 39X32 granny gear with 406 wheels will allow you to pull stumps.

Thank you for the confirmation

Back Stabbath 05-09-12 05:38 PM

any sort of NYC group for mini velos out there? getting mine tomorrow... :) gonna spend the morning crawling craigslist looking for junk bikes to part off from...

mirfi 05-14-12 07:13 PM

Status Report,

I removed the tires (the small Park-Tool spoons seemed to work better than the bigger spoons!?). Dremeled out the air nipple hole (thank you for whoever suggested it). Put the thick Forte tape in. Since the tape was white I put id information on it with a Sharpie. Put the tires and new tubes back on (again, not easy).

Changed out to the new cassette (11-32), chain, and 55T chainring. Not a mechanic but I bought a $50 tool kit and watched youtube videos. I messed with the placement of the front derailleur, may have to re-adjust later.

Still have not ridden it, maybe in a week or so. But, I want to ride it at least once with the drop downs before I switch to the butterfly handlebars.



I can not thank the members of this thread enough for the advice I have received.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=250218
Thank you again,
Mirfi

Dynocoaster 05-14-12 08:28 PM

That is a good idea to put your info on the wheel tape.:thumb:

mirfi 05-17-12 04:44 PM

2 Attachment(s)
First Ride Report,

Nice little ride around the block, up and down hills. What a sweet bike. Can't wait for a longer ride. The gearing (11-32/42-55) was a little clicky (may be a link too long), but it all worked and am impressed with the range. Put the Sheldon Brown gear inches label on it.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=250857http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=250858

Note: I put return address labels in multiple places on my bikes(laptops/cellphones...), covered in clear packing tape. Also, put drivers license soundex number in places. The police have access to that info.

nerobro 06-27-12 12:50 AM

http://www.practicalalchemy.org/~ner...ierNano_08.JPG I think so.. how about you?

mirfi 06-27-12 02:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by martinus (Post 12910199)

Hello,

I want to move the shifter to the handlebars and was wondering.

What is the name/source of the part used in the old shifter location?

Thank you
Mirfi

itsmoot 06-27-12 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mirfi (Post 14413322)
What is the name/source of the part used in the old shifter location?

Shimano STI Downtube Cable Stop and Adjuster

http://www.outsideoutfitters.com/ima...dium/15995.jpg

chaadster 07-03-12 08:38 AM

Well, you guys got me! I ordered a Mercier Nano, due to arrive at the end of the week.

I got a black one, and have already ordered some replacement bits to move into that black/white color scheme, although with some red highlights.

I'll build it up (and repack all bearings!) on Friday, Saturday at the latest, and post some pics ASAP.

Thanks to all who posted so enthusiastically and with their insights and mods. I'm really looking forward to this bike, as I've been having a blast rolling around on my recently acquired Dahon Mariner, and this more rigid platform should be even more satisfying.


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