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Old 05-13-11, 06:44 PM   #1
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Bikesdirect Mini Velo upgrade thread

So folks are already talking about various upgrades they will be doing to their mini velo in the announcement thread. For friendliness to future surfers, perhaps those discussions should go here instead (preferably with links to parts ordered etc...).

So far I'm only planning on replacing tires (Schwalbe slicks) and brake pads. But if the front derailleur is complete junk I'll probably swap that as well (recommendations?).

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I would like to know what tire sizes will fit these rims. How low and high can we go with tire sizes.
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To match the rear derailleur and front Sora can be had for $18 plus shipping http://www.google.com/products/catal...25&os=sellers#
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To match the rear derailleur and front Sora can be had for $18 plus shipping http://www.google.com/products/catal...25&os=sellers#
Thanks. I'll probably do that!
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Sugino double crank on sale at VO for $75 http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...-crankset.html
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I'm thinking a Nitto Technomic stem.
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Sugino double crank on sale at VO for $75 http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...-crankset.html
you might as well get this Sora Crankset to make it a set. (a triple) http://cgi.ebay.com/Shimano-Sora-FC-...item336351ae4d

and a double: http://cgi.ebay.com/SHIMANO-SORA-FC-...item4aa23f2737

this one also comes with the BB>
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I'm thinking a Nitto Technomic stem.
Same here. Or the Dynamic, if I end up not needing that much stem height.
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Sugino double crank on sale at VO for $75 http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...-crankset.html
That's a beautiful crankset. I have a Sugino RD-48 on my Swift.
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I've got one of those Sugino cranksets on the way. I wanted to shift the gearing a little lower anyway (hills).
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I have been thinking about getting these handlebars. http://www.treefortbikes.com/product...Handlebar.html
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Will a 20X1.10 fit this rim? I am thinking of getting the Schwalbe Durano Mango.
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Have they even shipped yet?
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Yes, and several people have received them. Here on the Left coast ours are due Tuesday May 17th.
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Traitor Cycles has these for sale, is it a good deal? http://cgi.ebay.com/Tektro-R358-Road...item4cf4029a2e
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Traitor Cycles has these for sale, is it a good deal? http://cgi.ebay.com/Tektro-R358-Road...item4cf4029a2e
Yeah, considering new they go for $20+ each. Should measure the reach of the stock brake calipers before you order, just to be sure you have the right model.

I thought about getting new calipers at first when I decided that I'd get the most bang for the buck if I simply replaced the stock brake pads instead. Got a set of Jagwire Comp road brake pads for cheap.
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Where can I get some high performance wheels in the 406 size?
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Where can I get some high performance wheels in the 406 size?
The Dahon Kinetix rear wheels (Comp and Pro) have the correct spacing to fit the Nano, but not sure about their front wheel (Dahon is 74mm and I think the Nano uses the standard road bike 100mm spacing).
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Yes, the Nano front is 100 mm. There's a good looking wheelset on Amazon for $30.00 + shipping but the front is 74 mm and I think they take the 451 tires.
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You could build them..
Bike Friday and Brompton both offer a 74mm axle front hub.
24 and 28 spoke-holes..
Phil Wood can offer one too ..

then pick the rim and lace them up. or hire the work out.
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Yes, the Nano front is 100 mm. There's a good looking wheelset on Amazon for $30.00 + shipping but the front is 74 mm and I think they take the 451 tires.
Is this the wheelset? I don't see any specs other than its a 20 inch wheel. Shipping is almost $30, but I am still curious. An extra wheelset would be nice.

http://www.amazon.com/wheel-Complete...601886&sr=8-10
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I found that one also but couldnt find any specs.
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That's the one. I talked with the seller and he quoted specs of 20 x 1 1/8, 74mm wide. He didn't seem very knowledgeable about bikes in general. I decided not to gamble, but it looks like a good wheelset for only $60.00, if they will work.
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Will a 20X1.10 fit this rim? I am thinking of getting the Schwalbe Durano Mango.
Anybody know if 20 x 1.10 tires will work with these rims? I'm hesitant to order new tires before knowing for sure.
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Marathon racer 20X1.50 $24.95 http://www.utahtrikes.com/PRODINFO-S...acer_Tire.html
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