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Old 11-05-10, 05:52 PM   #1651
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FANTASTIC!!!
I have a question. The Sora Brifters, are they specifically for discs, or are they standard road. If road, have you come across any braking irregularities?
The Soras are road specific. The brakes tend to have some travel then start to stack up toward the end, I am thinking of adding "take Up Adaptors" to equal out the lack of leveradge and pull you get with road vs mountain shifters.

Shifting is Spot on. Although I will admit to taking it to my LBS to get the front der right. The back was compatible with my bomb proof 1989 Shimano LX. The Sram x5 that came on the bike was great but not compatible due to pull ratio.

I had to change stems to a 40mm 15* from a 100mm flat to get the feel I wanted. The adjustable I tried was better than the 100 but the 40mm seems to be the ticket.

Love this bike, have since the day I bought it. Thanks for the compliments... Gus
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Old 11-05-10, 06:00 PM   #1652
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Old 11-05-10, 11:21 PM   #1653
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The Soras are road specific. The brakes tend to have some travel then start to stack up toward the end, I am thinking of adding "take Up Adaptors" to equal out the lack of leveradge and pull you get with road vs mountain shifters.

Shifting is Spot on. Although I will admit to taking it to my LBS to get the front der right. The back was compatible with my bomb proof 1989 Shimano LX. The Sram x5 that came on the bike was great but not compatible due to pull ratio.

I had to change stems to a 40mm 15* from a 100mm flat to get the feel I wanted. The adjustable I tried was better than the 100 but the 40mm seems to be the ticket.

Love this bike, have since the day I bought it. Thanks for the compliments... Gus
Thanks for the info. I'm often toying with the idea of converting mine over. Maybe....maybe not.
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Old 11-07-10, 07:49 AM   #1654
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Nice ! Giants are great bikes. Are those upgraded forks on the Sedona ? Maybe it is just the angle, etc. but they look pretty substantial to be stock on a comfort bike.
those forks are the ones the bike came with when I bought the bike in 07 for her. She is also an avid rider 15 miles a day 4-5 days a week she loves her bike!!! I tried to buy her a road bike as she is pretty fast on this bike she averages around 14.3 mph but she just loves this one bike.
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Old 11-07-10, 11:39 AM   #1655
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Gary Fisher Mendota. ritchey 130mm stem, soma sparrow bars 49mm, topeak rack + bag (love the topeak bracket system), brass bell, Kryptonite NYC lock (with wire). NYC marathon in the background near the Williamsburg Bridge today. I'm running in the marathon next year.

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Old 11-07-10, 12:13 PM   #1656
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Gary Fisher Mendota. ritchey 130mm stem, soma sparrow bars 49mm, topeak rack + bag (love the topeak bracket system), brass bell, Kryptonite NYC lock (with wire). NYC marathon in the background near the Williamsburg Bridge today. I'm running in the marathon next year.

Nice Ride! how do you like Disks? I am running them on my Cannondale Badboy and the stopping power is un real.
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Old 11-07-10, 12:29 PM   #1657
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Nice Ride! how do you like Disks? I am running them on my Cannondale Badboy and the stopping power is un real.
the massive increase in stopping power takes getting used to. especially with the back brake, which can stop you FAST, the front brake you have to be careful with. mine are the BB5 which stop me just fine as is - i don't see an upgrade to BB7s in the future - there's no need.

I just followed the youtube video on adjusting bb5 brakes and everything is fine.
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Old 11-07-10, 08:45 PM   #1659
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Here's my 92 Trek 750 Multitrack with North Road bars, Suntour Accushift bar end shifters, Brooks Champion Flyer saddle and Jandd Expedition rack. It's a great bike that I ride on pavement, gravel, rail trails, etc.

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Old 11-07-10, 08:55 PM   #1660
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Finally finished with my drop bar conversion. The only things I didn't change were the front derailleur, fork, stem, headset, and seatpost clamp. A little overboard, but I'm happy with how it turned out.





How is the fit? Any shift in position?
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Old 11-08-10, 01:39 PM   #1661
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Here we go...it's a relatively cheap Jamis Citizen 1 - but it's my daily commuter. Bought it in late March as my first bike since I was a kid, and since then have put on just over 100 miles a week, rain or shine. Added rack/fenders/lights/pinheads, replaced the stock tires with some more glass-resistant ones. It's nice, but if (when?) it gets stolen or destroyed in NYC, I won't be heartbroken.


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The basket...well, it's handy on Wednesdays, when I've got a pickup from our local food CSA/coop. Otherwise it's left at home. I think I'd prefer a grocery pannier, but for now, it does the job. Whenever the basket's on, I hear my co-workers singing Miss Gulch's bicycle theme music.
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Old 11-08-10, 02:36 PM   #1662
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...The basket...well, it's handy ... I think I'd prefer a grocery pannier...
If you don't like the basket, look for a touring handlebar bag. They are big like a lunchbox and will easily halod a sixer and a deli sub.
Grocery panniers are also a great investment, especially with a drawstring closure and many are not only large but fold flat.
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Old 11-08-10, 03:03 PM   #1663
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Here's my 92 Trek 750 Multitrack with North Road bars, Suntour Accushift bar end shifters, Brooks Champion Flyer saddle and Jandd Expedition rack. It's a great bike that I ride on pavement, gravel, rail trails, etc.
Nice looking bike! ... but isn't it hard to shift with the barend shifters sticking out at the back?
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Old 11-08-10, 03:42 PM   #1664
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Marcus, love the picture with your pets in it! Well equipped commuter, especially the handlebar mounted coffee mug. I need one of those. I could get out of the house so much faster if I could take my coffee with me.
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Old 11-09-10, 03:01 AM   #1665
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Whenever the basket's on, I hear my co-workers singing Miss Gulch's bicycle theme music.
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Old 11-09-10, 10:04 PM   #1666
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... mine are the BB5 which stop me just fine as is - i don't see an upgrade to BB7s in the future - there's no need. ...
Don't bet on that.
I had both my front and back calipers fail while braking. There is a very small weak brace / spring which snaps. The first snaped at 13 months, the second at 16 months.
I changed my back to a used BB7 and it has been going great for two years now. Maybe you can buy the replacement piece over there but you can't in Japan.
I wish you luck.
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This is the BB5's 1.5mm thick spring we trust to stop us when it counts:


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How is the fit? Any shift in position?
It's definitely more aggressive than before, but that's kind of what I had planned with it. I wanted it to be more a "sporty" hybrid -- something that I could still ride around the neighborhood or down to the store, but something that could do it relatively quickly. I recently changed out the stem, removed a headset spacer, and changed out the fork, so it's even more different before. I think if you did a drop bar conversion without changing too much and you rode on the tops of the hoods rather than in the drops it wouldn't feel a whole lot more different than with a flat bar setup.
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It's definitely more aggressive than before, but that's kind of what I had planned with it. I wanted it to be more a "sporty" hybrid -- something that I could still ride around the neighborhood or down to the store, but something that could do it relatively quickly. I recently changed out the stem, removed a headset spacer, and changed out the fork, so it's even more different before. I think if you did a drop bar conversion without changing too much and you rode on the tops of the hoods rather than in the drops it wouldn't feel a whole lot more different than with a flat bar setup.
Good looking bike. Nice job. d(^.^)
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Old 11-12-10, 08:07 AM   #1669
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Nice looking bike! ... but isn't it hard to shift with the barend shifters sticking out at the back?
No, it's not hard to shift. I generally ride either with my hands directly on the grips or with my thumbs wrapped around the base of the bar ends that are installed in the curves of the bars, kind of like riding on the hoods of drop bars.

To upshift (push the right shifter forward), I use the palm of my hand. To downshift, I use my thumb and fingers. I do most of my riding on the middle chainring, so I don't use the left shifter a whole lot.

This is the only bike I've had with bar end shifters, so maybe it's just that I've gotten used to it, but I don't notice it being inconvenient or difficult.
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Old 11-13-10, 04:27 PM   #1670
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Your picture isn't showing, Milesmiller
Try using a picture hosting service like tinypic and then use the [IMG]picture.jpg[/IMG] code in your post ... that will make the picture show up
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Here it goes, my new Hybrid
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My buddy has one of those. It's a pretty nice bike.^^
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I've had this KHS Urban-X commuter bike less then a month and am loving it. I ride it to work every other day and on local paved recreation trails. Last weekend I rode an abandoned railroad right of way trail, hard dirt, soft dirt, grass, weeds, loose dirt, dirt hills.. did fine on all of them. I was concerned about the 1.5" tires, but they did great. The Kendra Kwest tires are known for holding up against all sorts of road debree, even glass. The bike comes with fenders, rack, Kstand, chain guard, 26" wheels and 21 gears. It's tight, smooth and quite.

I have a bag I bought on Amazon for only about $20, a cup holder from Target that I use with a one click to drink/seal thermos made by oxo Liquaseal for my morning coffe.

A Mag 83 Lum flash light for $40 from Home Depot, fits a handle bar post mounted $10 Fenix 360 degree swivel mount from EliteLED with one of their very bright 5 LED back lights for $8 and they get me home safe at night with good visibility at medium speeds.
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