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Old 03-13-13, 06:54 PM   #4751
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My BikeCad rendering of a bike based on a 55cm Handsome Devil frame, which I ordered about an hour ago, and the components I already have or plan to buy. This will be replacing the 1995 Trek 730 that I've been retro-fitting for the past 1.5 years. It came down to geometry and my choices were to have a custom fork built for the Trek and then getting the frameset powdercoated or just buying a new frameset. The cost would be the same and I've been riding a Trek 730 since 1995 so new-bike-itis set in.

The Handsome Devil seems to be aimed at the same market as the Surly frames. It's got 73 degree parallel head/seat tubes, a 45mm rake fork, 43.6cm chainstays and 70mm of bottom-bracket drop. I expect this to result in a ride that is stable while still feeling quite responsive. In fact, the Devil is based on Bridgestone/Grant Petersen's legendary XO-1, which was designed as a fast and agile street bike.

I can't wait to get it and get it all put together.



And here's Handsome's ad for the Devil:

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Old 03-16-13, 10:10 AM   #4752
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I ordered the frame at about 5:00 pm Wednesday afternoon and recieved it Saturday morning so I've gotta give props for prompt shipment. The frame is much darker blue than I expected but I do like it. The frame seems nice but the only complaint I have is that the advertised 400mm steerer tube was actually 250mm. I've e-mailed the guys at Handsome to find out where the error lies. If I stick with handlebar I've been using, the steerer tube is more than sufficient but I'm really considering putting drops on it and it may or may not be long enough for that.

Here's an initial mock-up without a headset so the fork angle is a little off but overall, I think it's going to be a very nicely proportioned bicycle.

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Old 03-16-13, 08:52 PM   #4753
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Had some modification's done by the LBS, (LakeShore Schwinn) awesome guys

R600 Wheelset
10 speed rear
Compact FSA crank
Carbon seat post, handlebar, brake levers
Ultegra, FD & rear
105 brakes
FD-770 Flat Bar Shifters
GATORHARDSHELLS 700 x 23c
Bike weight was a little more than expected : 20.5 pounds

I love riding with Flatbars, this bike turned out GREAT.
Handles good, with fast starts, easy on my back, smooth riding, perfect for an all around town bike,
Really pleased with the mods.

Here is a link for more pictures I posted in the Road Forum : http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...u-have/page900 But it is a HYBRID now.
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Old 03-17-13, 06:02 AM   #4754
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My BikeCad rendering of a bike based on a 55cm Handsome Devil frame, which I ordered about an hour ago, and the components I already have or plan to buy. This will be replacing the 1995 Trek 730 that I've been retro-fitting for the past 1.5 years. It came down to geometry and my choices were to have a custom fork built for the Trek and then getting the frameset powdercoated or just buying a new frameset. The cost would be the same and I've been riding a Trek 730 since 1995 so new-bike-itis set in.

The Handsome Devil seems to be aimed at the same market as the Surly frames. It's got 73 degree parallel head/seat tubes, a 45mm rake fork, 43.6cm chainstays and 70mm of bottom-bracket drop. I expect this to result in a ride that is stable while still feeling quite responsive. In fact, the Devil is based on Bridgestone/Grant Petersen's legendary XO-1, which was designed as a fast and agile street bike.

I can't wait to get it and get it all put together.



And here's Handsome's ad for the Devil:

What components are you going to use ?
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Had some modification's done by the LBS, (LakeShore Schwinn) awesome guys

R600 Wheelset
10 speed rear
Compact FSA crank
Carbon seat post, handlebar, brake levers
Ultegra, FD & rear
105 brakes
FD-770 Flat Bar Shifters
GATORHARDSHELLS 700 x 23c
Bike weight was a little more than expected : 20.5 pounds

I love riding with Flatbars, this bike turned out GREAT.
Handles good, with fast starts, easy on my back, smooth riding, perfect for an all around town bike,
Really pleased with the mods.

Here is a link for more pictures I posted in the Road Forum : http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...u-have/page900 But it is a HYBRID now.
First ride this morning.
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I don't even know if this would be considered a Hybrid but this is my GT Outpost that I converted into a more commuter friendly bike. Still waiting on new grips and PDW headlight but it's getting there. Bike was given to me for free so I'm not too far into it after tune up and add on costs. TRIPLE TRIANGLE!!!

Perfect example of a HYBRID
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Old 03-17-13, 11:11 AM   #4757
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What components are you going to use ?
The wheels I've got are custom built 40-spoke Velocity Dyads and I'll be using Deore V-brakes. I'm still deciding between the Deore trekking crankset and a sugino xd 46/36/24 but I've got an 11-28 9-speed cassette on right now...may tighten it up to 12-25. If I go with drops it will likely be Nitto Noodle. I've always ridden 10 miles or less but I want to start taking part in local events and jump into 20, 30 and more mile rides. My hands hurt after 10 miles so I'm considering drop bars for the longer rides with v-brake compatible road levers.
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The wheels I've got are custom built 40-spoke Velocity Dyads and I'll be using Deore V-brakes. I'm still deciding between the Deore trekking crankset and a sugino xd 46/36/24 but I've got an 11-28 9-speed cassette on right now...may tighten it up to 12-25. If I go with drops it will likely be Nitto Noodle. I've always ridden 10 miles or less but I want to start taking part in local events and jump into 20, 30 and more mile rides. My hands hurt after 10 miles so I'm considering drop bars for the longer rides with v-brake compatible road levers.
That's some heavy duty wheels, what size tires are you planning on ? Just wondering about the longer rides. And the drops sound nice, like a Cyclocross bike ?

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Old 03-17-13, 11:52 AM   #4759
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That's some heavy duty wheels, what size tires are you planning on ? Just wondering about the longer rides. And the drops sound nice, like a Cyclocross bike ?
Forgot to mention my tires, which are Vittoria Randonneur Hypers in 32mm. When they wear out I might replace them with the 38mm versions. I also have a set of new 40mm Schwalbe Duremes that are very comfortable but more sluggish than the Hypers. I may experiment with each set of tires to see which is better for longer rides.

I weigh about 380 so that's why 1/3 the cost of the finished bike will be in the wheels.

The bike is billed as an all-rounder so it's probably like the Cross Check in that it can be used for lots of things (like cyclocross) but probably won't excel in any. It really is a hybrid with it's road bike geometry but hybrid/mountain bike chainstays and tire clearance.

I've been riding since 1995 but this is the first time I've held a bare frame in my hands and I must say, it's a bit scary. There just isn't that much there and at 5 lbs, I know this is not a particularly light frame.

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Forgot to mention my tires, which are Vittoria Randonneur Hypers in 32mm. When they wear out I might replace them with the 38mm versions. I also have a set of new 40mm Schwalbe Duremes that are very comfortable but more sluggish than the Hypers. I may experiment with each set of tires to see which is better for longer rides.

I weigh about 380 so that's why 1/3 the cost of the finished bike will be in the wheels.

The bike is billed as an all-rounder so it's probably like the Cross Check in that it can be used for lots of things (like cyclocross) but probably won't excel in any. It really is a hybrid with it's road bike geometry but hybrid/mountain bike chainstays and tire clearance.

I've been riding since 1995 but this is the first time I've held a bare frame in my hands and I must say, it's a bit scary. There just isn't that much there and at 5 lbs, I know this is not a particularly light frame.
I had the LBS do all my modification's, was a little over my head in what would work. Going from a 9 speed drop set up, to a 10 speed flat bar with a compact carbon crank. I never dreamed that I would be riding around on 700 x 23c tires, now they seem normal, and 38's look huge. But really more practical for my riding style now, cant wait to see your finished bike.
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Light Alloy Wheels(1480g) $700/new
Light Composite Twist Shifters(180g) $50/used
Light Hydraulic Brakes(552g/set) $180/used
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Light Composite Clipless Pedals(215g/pair) $90/used
Light Alloy Handlebars(197g) $30/used

Yeah, I have a fetish for all things lightweight....

Been away from the thread for a while and missed all of the Bad Boy discussion. I haven't posted mine in this thread yet.

The weight is my biggest issue at this point. Just measured it at 33+ lbs (without the U-lock)! Need to start swapping parts out to reduce the weight! Bought it cheap on CL for $325... as the low-end V-brake model, which explains the weight, I guess. Did a few modifications and here it is currently:



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I had the LBS do all my modification's, was a little over my head in what would work. Going from a 9 speed drop set up, to a 10 speed flat bar with a compact carbon crank. I never dreamed that I would be riding around on 700 x 23c tires, now they seem normal, and 38's look huge. But really more practical for my riding style now, cant wait to see your finished bike.
I've been researching for over a year but I'm still not 100% sure my drivetrain choices will be optimal. I plan to take the frame to an LBS, tell them what I'm planning and then asking if it works. I'm not even going to buy derailleurs but instead I'm going to tell them to put whatever derailleurs will work best. I know I'm in over my head on that decision. I'm going to get the headset ordered and installed this week so I'll run the final build specs by them at that time.

ETA:

I've decided to switch the upper components to silver since the frame is so dark that black on dark blue wouldn't look good to me. I finally decided to stick with mtb bars and I'm going with a Deore 48/36/26 crankset so I'll have an easy option to add indexed shifting at a later date. This rendering is pretty much correct even down to stem angle, although the length might vary my 10mm one way or the other, depending on fit.

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I am the first to admit that I don't know much about hybrid bikes. I picked up this Gazelle Furore yesterday for my wife. It has a sticker that says city hybrid. I know it is a Dutch made bike as the seller stated in her ad. The woman I bought it from is from the Netherlands and brought it with her when she moved here a couple years ago. I don't think they are imported to the US. It has a 7 speed internal hub and drum brakes. I paid $75 for it and I think it was a good price since she said she got a huge response to her CL ad. As far as I can tell it sells for about $750 dollars new. It is in excellent condition. If anyone can supply any information about this bike it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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again few changes on my Giant Seek

tires: Specialized Borough Pro foldable 700x42 (440g, 120TPI)
stem: Giant Connect SL 100mm, 8 degrees (115g)

still waiting for Eggbeater pedals to arrive and need to cut off the steerer tube...bike as pictured is 11.4kg (25lbs)

Regarding the tires; after looking the internet for maximum clearance I found that a couple of Seek owners claimed that nothing beyond 700x38 will fit in rear triangle. Well - WRONG! It fits 700x42 tires just fine and clearance is still in saftey zone.

Regarding the tires 2; first impressions are that I should bought a narrower tires and gain a little bit more speed
These are light, well rolling but to wide for road riding...


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Nice! And, thats coming from somebody who also own a hot Hybrid....nice job. I say go narrower tires - your legs will thank you.
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My Quick 4. It's been much more enjoyable since converting it to a drop bar.

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I just got the Brooks saddle this weekend, so I'm beginning the long break-in period.

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Wow 6 great looking Hybrids in a row. NTWR welcome to the forum
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