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Old 06-16-17, 10:01 AM   #726
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It is like Christmas is being delayed. I had to wait on mine. It was out of stock and that was in 2012.

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Yeah, I really want it now! But word is that I will have to wait until the end of June before they get them back in stock.

On another note, has anyone taken their Nano to nine or ten speed with the stock rear wheel? Would there be any re-dishing required? Is it possible? I would like to upgrade my Nano to Shimano STI shifters and the Claris would work because they are 8 speed. But would the nine speed Sora or ten speed Tiagra work as well?

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Old 06-16-17, 10:02 AM   #727
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As someone who ends up following this thread from time to time and kinda hooked on the mini velo thing, it seems like it may take a while but they bring back the Nano's again eventually. It's a pretty good buy if you want to get something to play around with.

Another option is the Java Limited CL. I have an older version of that bike that I got on ebay that was lightly used a couple years ago. I don't love the geometry of it but after seeing what a new one online was (around $500) I figured I would give it another try. I do love having the option to put some fat tires on it which is the way its set up now.

I've been looking at the Javas as well. Also an option but not sure about the price. Expensive.

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Old 06-16-17, 07:57 PM   #728
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YES! They're back in stock. Ordered and on the way! I can hardly wait!



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They're shipped with drop bars now too.

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Old 06-17-17, 08:41 PM   #730
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Just checked and found they are in stock... Came back to the thread and you already beat me to it... Good job... I'm in for the orange one myself.
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Just checked and found they are in stock... Came back to the thread and you already beat me to it... Good job... I'm in for the orange one myself.
Excellent! Do you have any upgrade plans? I'm planning on Claris STI shifters and new tires to start. Oh, and replace that hideous stem with a Nitto. Brakes and fenders to follow.

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Old 06-17-17, 09:41 PM   #732
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Excellent! Do you have any upgrade plans? I'm planning on Claris STI shifters and new tires to start. Oh, and replace that hideous stem with a Nitto. Brakes and fenders to follow.

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I'm thinking brakes and tires to start..
But I want all black components and then see if I can convert to 10 speed cassette and black wheels
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They're shipped with drop bars now too.
This bike has always had drop bars. They're standard,...
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Before they refreshed their stock the specs page had it listed with risers and the frames as high tensile steel
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Before they refreshed their stock the specs page had it listed with risers and the frames as high tensile steel
Then that was a mistake. Look throughout this thread, and you'll see the bike has had drops from the beginning. This has never been made with anything else. People have modded it to suit their needs,...but that's about it.
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Just wanted to post an additional pic of my Nano

I really love this bike. I ride it all the time. It's fantastic for zipping around the city. Its very comfortable, I have no qualms about being in the saddle for 2 to 3 hrs at a time. It's nimble and quick, I hesitate to say fast but it's not hard at all to get up over 20mph.

https://flic.kr/p/Vkwex3

I was disappointed that the black Wald shorty fenders I purchased just wouldn't work even after cutting them down to make room for the brakes, just not enough clearance between the brake bridge and tires for it to work. So plan b was a Musguard fender and it works great. I am using a bungee cord and slotting the Musguard through the bungee cord so that it stays nice and straight, instead of having it sit on the brake bridge.
Also, the brake calipers on mine are promax branded, I'm not sure if they were always this brand but they work quite well since changing out the pads, just an FYI.

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Old 06-20-17, 01:00 PM   #737
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I really love this bike. I ride it all the time. It's fantastic for zipping around the city. Its very comfortable, I have no qualms about being in the saddle for 2 to 3 hrs at a time. It's nimble and quick, I hesitate to say fast but it's not hard at all to get up over 20mph.

https://flic.kr/p/Vkwex3

I was disappointed that the black Wald shorty fenders I purchased just wouldn't work even after cutting them down to make room for the brakes, just not enough clearance between the brake bridge and tires for it to work. So plan b was a Musguard fender and it works great. I am using a bungee cord and slotting the Musguard through the bungee cord so that it stays nice and straight, instead of having it sit on the brake bridge.
Also, the brake calipers on mine are promax branded, I'm not sure if they were always this brand but they work quite well since changing out the pads, just an FYI.
You have a really nice Nano. I like the sky blue and orange combination with the black. Well done.

I really like all the upgrades I'm seeing. You can see the affection you have for them in each and every one.

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YES!!!



Little hole in the box. That looks interesting.

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Here it is out of the box and ready for a build up.



And yes, shipping damage.



I emailed Bikes Direct to see if they have touch up paint. If not, I'll look for some matching nail polish.

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Almost ready...



I installed new Velox rim strips and pumped up the tires to 60 psi. The Kenda's were pretty tough to remove and I managed to snap one of my good Park Tool tire levers. Not a big deal.
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And here we are with pedals and a basic fit.



The spokes popped a little on the first test ride. I found the tires to be spongy and I thought I had gone flat but that just seems to be the way they roll. I was planning to upgrade them later anyway. Tomorrow when I have more time, I'll take it apart and grease everything up. It's dry as a bone right now.

The stem will need to be replaced with something longer and higher. My knees were bumping the ends of the handlebars in certain situations. A Nitto Technomic should do the trick.

The brakes weren't working at all. Once I got them correctly installed and the pads aligned they seemed to do a pretty decent job. I might not have to upgrade them right away.

So, I couldn't really go too far on the first test ride, but what I did do was a blast! I can't wait to get out there and really open it up! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread. I'm grateful for all the tips that were shared.

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