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    This thread makes me want to save up for a legit road bike. I've only done 2 centuries, both times i rode my Bianchi Pista.

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    My first real distance rig. Started as an '87 Schwinn Traveler my buddy found at Goodwill for $12.50. A few changes and now she's ready for my big ride up north this weekend. It shall be sweet.


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    The latest bike is a copy of a 1952 Rene Herse. Silver brazed with NOS Reynolds 531 tubing, Henry James lugs, Pacenti's great new "randonneur" fork crown, and Paragon Machine Works dropouts. I studied and practiced the French style dropout/stay connections for several months before getting it exact. The integrated tail light mount is my own design -- looks more like a cell phone relay than I'd intended, but it works. And then I paid Cyclart a ridiculous amount of money to make it all look good -- pinstriping and handpainted logos also copied from the Rene Herse look, although I used my own name instead of Rene's.



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    ^^^ It's just so beautiful, really. A fitting tribute. But those bottles have to go.

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    2000 Kona Jake-the-Snake, cyclocross bike with some minor road mods. I installed a
    34t cogset in the back with an XT mech to handle the range, which provided plenty
    of gearing for even the hillier areas.
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    Did the first 100 km ride of the year yesterday and I have a few full C's planned... the bike was perfect as always.

    It's a '99 Trek Multitrack that has had a "little" work done to transform it from an upright hybrid to a very capable long distance bike... yesterday's ride was a straight 60 into mild to moderate winds.

    It is running a new 24/34/44 with an 11-30 8 speed block and I averaged 25 kmh yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Six jours View Post


    beauty! is this a 650b bike? if so, what tire? the whole package is great.

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    Thanks!

    Yes, it's 650b. The tires are 42mm Grand Bois Hetre. I've used them for the last two years or so on my previous bike (page 9, I think) and they have become my absolute favorite clincher tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIN View Post
    beauty! is this a 650b bike? if so, what tire? the whole package is great.
    Sixjours, that really is a beaut. Hows the front end handle? Looks like the head angle is pretty steep, but you've got a lot of rake to the fork. Is the geometry the same as the Herse you modeled it after?
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    That top picture really caught me off guard when I first saw it. I went right out to verify the angle, which is supposed to be 74 degrees, like the original Herse. It's actually 74.3 degrees, as close as I can measure, so the pic is an optical illusion.

    I'm still getting used to the handling. The previous bike (a copy of a '47 Routens "mule path" bike) was extremely stable, bordering on truck-like, and I got used to being able to completely ignore the thing. This bike handles more like a modern bike, meaning that you have to pay it a little attention, especially with no hands. The upside is that it corners a bit better and feels more "lively", but I'm not sure I like it as well as the more stable bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacerconrad View Post

    2000 Kona Jake-the-Snake, cyclocross bike with some minor road mods. I installed a
    34t cogset in the back with an XT mech to handle the range, which provided plenty
    of gearing for even the hillier areas.
    Very nice. I often run a very similar set up on my Kona Major Jake (the mtb cassette).

    How does the JTS ride for you comfort wise? What tire size/pressure do you run?

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    My Crescent 319 -79, original Dura Ace-gruppo and the Monark 318 -75, upgraded with foremost Ultegra rear derailleur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by javal View Post
    My Crescent 319 -79, original Dura Ace-gruppo and the Monark 318 -75, upgraded with foremost Ultegra rear derailleur.
    Vackert! Very nice couple of good value Swedish bikes (equivalent of Trek/Schwinn)!
    In my collection I have a Crescent 92-318 from '74 that I'm fitting a c.'79 Shimano 600 Arabesque group and some blue Bluemel fenders. Since these frames were almost unchanged for over twenty years I think it's better to get them on the road than waiting for the right parts to turn up, just like you did with your Monark! Kör sĺ det ryker!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elderberry View Post
    My first real distance rig. Started as an '87 Schwinn Traveler my buddy found at Goodwill for $12.50. A few changes and now she's ready for my big ride up north this weekend. It shall be sweet.

    What kind of a handlebar bag rack are you using?

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    No special rack, just the ol' reflector tab, which just happened to work perfectly as a bar bag support.

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    I guess I can add this one now that I have done a century on it (not my first century, just the first one on this bike). Had one failed century attempt on it in June (I got over heated and couldn't continue) but actually completed one on it on 9/5.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Debussie View Post
    This thread makes me want to save up for a legit road bike. I've only done 2 centuries, both times i rode my Bianchi Pista.
    ...and there's a problem with that?

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    No pics at work I will add tomorrow. I have done multiple centuries on both my roadbikes. First is my origional or entery level drug an Opus Andante and second my mistress a 5.5 P1 Madone.
    Best thing about cycling is when I'm at work I'm thinking of cycling, when I'm cycling I'm thinking about cycling.

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    My long distance bike is my raptobike lowracer. Longest single day ride so far only 150 miles but that will change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djwid View Post
    My long distance bike is my raptobike lowracer. Longest single day ride so far only 150 miles but that will change.
    front wheel drive? HTF does that chainline work?

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    I've done one imperial century on this bike this year and will do another in November. My only other imperial century was done on a RANS Rocket that I have now sold.

    Gradually I will get myself fitter and more acclimatised to do longer rides or centuries more frequently.
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    This is me and my bike aproximately thirty seconds after my first 600k:



    The bike is a Pedal Force ZX3 with Campagnolo Veloce '08. The gearing is a standard compact 50/34 in the front, with a 12-25 cassette. Easton Tempest II wheels, 23mm Conti GP4000s tyres, Selle An-Atomica saddle, Carradice bags and a small tri-bag on the top tube.
    The fenders are the cheapest model I could find, with a modified rear fender in the front. In the back I used epoxy to kludge together two ordinary fenders to make a long enough rear fender. The mudflaps are made of duct tape.
    Did I mention that it rained for 350 of the 600 km, and that I really like my long fenders?

    On the bars I have a Garmin Edge 305 and a small Sigma bike computer. I run dual Mars 4.0 rear lights, one on the saddle bag and one mounted to the rear quick release. The front light is a home built P7 led monstrosity, and my spare front light is a http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.26497 230 lumen flashlight.
    So far this setup has worked pretty well, but next season I'll probably use a hub generator for the front light.

    /s-o

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike View Post
    front wheel drive? HTF does that chainline work?
    looks like an internally geared hub

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