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Old 04-04-10, 12:48 PM   #551
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My brand new Milholland, set up to be the long distance specialist in my stable.

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Old 04-05-10, 11:32 AM   #552
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i use my 29er on-one ti singlespeed on my recently century.i have done total of 15century over 5yrs periode mostly on my mtb thats becoz i don't have road bike up until now.but planing to get one real soon.
here's is my recently century:http://www.mtbnj.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15948
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Old 04-05-10, 04:38 PM   #553
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My trusty Salsa Campeon. Photo taken 20 miles into the Peak to Peak 300k brevet last August, at the mouth of Clear Creek canyon at sunrise.

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Old 04-11-10, 01:19 PM   #554
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Just put my 47mm Velo-Orange stainless steel fenders on the brevet bike. Next up: Matching mirror polished CR-18 rims!



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Just put my 47mm Velo-Orange stainless steel fenders on the brevet bike. Next up: Matching mirror polished CR-18 rims!



Clifton, nice job on fitting the front fender and front rack. My Cross Check doesn't look nearly as tidy. I have a Nitto M-12 front rack and it's impossible to get it that low without some mad welding skillz. What kind of rack is that, and how is your front fender attached at the fork crown?
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I rode 2 centuries last year on a Motebecane Mirage Sport road bike. I recently purchased a Jamis Coda Elite hybrid and the longest ride to date is 82 miles.
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Old 04-14-10, 08:56 PM   #557
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This is my '83 Trek 520.. I originally bought it for fully-loaded touring, but after a couple months of riding it I realized it's just as ready for centuries, metrics, brevets, etc. All one needs to do is remove the racks



When I'm doing long-distance riding, the only thing different from the pic is that I add a Carradice Super C handlebar bag, and sometimes a Carradice Nelson Longflap saddlebag, which is a lot bigger than the zipped roll in the above pic.
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Old 04-25-10, 09:24 PM   #558
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Here's my 1972 Gitane TdF on its shakedown cruise, freshly rebuilt after the 30+ year old Crane derailleur imploded and took out the rear wheel:



While it's not an Herse or Singer, I'm pretty happy with the results.

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That's a great, traditional-looking LD bike. Given the context, at first glance I thought it was a Singer. You've done a very nice job with it.
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Six Jours -- Thanks for the compliments, and for all of the inspiration your bikes have provided! It sure has been a fun project, and I can't wait to start racking up the miles on it.
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How are you liking the Microshift components? Thinking of getting some for the Jamis as a way to upgrade to 10-speed in a budget-conscious way.

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My Surly Pacer. Of all the bikes in my stable, if I could only keep one this would be it. Ultegra throughout, regular cranks in front, 12-25 in the back, Bontrager Race Lite wheels, Conti GP4000 25mm tires, and Brooks saddle, Toshi leather bar tape. I generally get rid of the frame bag for long rides to make room for more water.
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Old 04-30-10, 09:33 PM   #563
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The long wait is over. After five months waiting (due to a vacation I took that delayed things). The frame is Columbus steel and designed to be an all day bike, century/double century, brevet, light touring. I had rack mounts added to the frame and fork and third bottle mount. The fork mounts are designed for Tubus Duo. Maiden voyage is tomorrow after work.

Enjoy the photos, sorry the quality kinda sucks.




I found this bottle of beer with a perfect top for my new build. The colors match almost perfectly. The beer is actually killer double Belgian Ale too!
I know this is about a year and a half too late, but if you see this, what kind of cable housings are those?
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Those cable housings might be from Velo Orange. They have some that are very similar.
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Old 05-01-10, 05:10 AM   #565
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Next time somebody starts a "what bike for LD?" thread we should refer them to this page. Commuters, mountain bikes, the latest carbon race bikes with aero wheels, old steel frames, new titanium frames...

The basic answer to the "what bike?" question seems to be "anything with two wheels".
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I have actually referred people to this thread to see what sort of saddles people use to ride long distances.
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Old 05-01-10, 05:16 AM   #566
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I guess I need to add one more bicycle to my collection of bicycles that I've done centuries on ... Rowan created Frankenbike (Frank) for me when Machak, my Marinoni Ciclo, was stolen ... and I rode a 300K brevet on Frankenbike after less than a kilometer of test riding.

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I know this is about a year and a half too late, but if you see this, what kind of cable housings are those?
those look like Nokon cables to me.
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need to get the rear lights mounted (they're currently on my tail bag for commuting), but here is the final incarnation with IGH. a couple of 30-mile rides to test the set-up convince me it's ready for much much more. and frankly, so am i.



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The cables are the Alligator iLink. On the up side the cables are cool looking, reported to be some of the lightest cables on the market, and can make very tight bends and still allow the cable to flow smoothly. On the downside they are expensive ($45 per set), are a pain to install, and long term performance is questionable. I was having some shifting problems that I just could not resolve. I replaced the cables with regular housing in a desperate attempt to fix the problems right before a big ride. In under an hour the new cables were installed and shifting was spot on. For me the negatives outweigh the positives. Your results may vary.
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I've long wanted to know what it was like for the racers of 1910-1930. These were true long distance riders, with races of hundreds of miles over dirt roads. Tour de France stages could exceed 300 miles. So I put together this:



It's as close a copy as I can manage. Straight, heavy-gauge steel tubing, 66 degree angles, lots of fork rake. A few parts are not completely "correct" -- aluminum bars and stem substitute for essentially unavailable steel, and good luck finding brake calipers that clamps to the stays! -- but it's "in spirit" enough to give me a solid idea what the folks of days gone by experienced.

And what they experienced sucked out loud. This is the least rewarding bicycle project I have attempted. The bicycle handles terribly, and it's a nearly 30 pound single speed. The longest I have ridden it at one go is 62 miles (metric century, for sticklers) and I'm not going to repeat the experience. I may try to salvage things by turning it into an American-style "scorcher" with a skip tooth chain and a Sturmey "kick" two speed with coaster brake. Or I may just bury the thing in the garage and try to forget about it.

At least I've learned a bit about what it was like for the TdF heroes of old. Those were some real hard cases. I simply cannot imagine riding this bike hundreds of miles over unpaved roads in the Pyrenees.
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On a brighter note, I've fallen in love with the British "club" style bikes of the 1930s through 50s.



This is another of my "Ashdown" marques. This time I am trying the Sturmey-Archer "FM" internally geared hub, which is a medium-range four speed and apparently the choice of British club riders of the period. And I found a pair of "Made in England" Bluemels Club fenders on Ebay, which are the first plastic fenders I have tried. (They work, so far, but are inferior to the French style aluminum fenders, IMO.) And I also found an NOS Huret "Multito" belt driven odometer, which is entertaining.

This is also my first experience with the Challenge "Parigi-Roubaix" handmade clinchers, which come highly rated by Jan Heine/Bicycle Quarterly. They have so far been trouble free and seem to roll quite well. They (in combination with somewhat oversize Sun CR-18 rims) were the hardest clinchers to mount that I have ever seen, and I'm not looking forward to fixing flats on the road. Hopefully the "Puncture Protection System" lives up to its name.

I'm really enjoying the internally geared hub so far. It's obviously not as versatile as wide-range derailleur gears, but actually works quite well for anything short of real mountains. We have a flatish 200k brevet coming up, and I am planning on riding it with this bike.
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Very Nice, Six Jours! I really like the clean lines of the IGH club bikes. Please keep us posted on how it handles the 200K.
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"I've long wanted to know what it was like for the racers of 1910-1930...."


Six Jours, Is that an Eastman Roadster frameset? I've thought several times about building up a bike on one of those..... If so, aside from weight, how is the build quality of the frame?
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It is, and it's likely the worst frame you'll ever see. The "lugs" are stamped steel "halves", pressed onto the tubing and welded with some kind of electric process, I'd guess either MIG or stick. The welds are horrible, and there's slag everywhere. And there are gaps between the lugs and tubing. I cleaned everything up and filled the gaps with brass, but I can't imagine very many people are going to want to go to that trouble on a $90 frame. And of course it still handles terribly. Oh, and the bottom bracket shell is some wacky width, like 78 mm, so nothing but the (godawful) stock BB will work. I ended up spending an hour or so with a facing tool, removing acres of steel in order to fit a more normal bottom bracket, only to discover that the bottom bracket shell appears to be composed of an outer shell with inner threaded sleeves brazed into place -- and the sleeves are misaligned, of course, so it's impossible to properly install the bottom bracket no matter what you do.

I regret the entire project, though I am at least glad to have filled that particular void in my knowledge. Overall, though, I'd prefer to have my money and time back. Oh well...
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Oh, and thanks for the kind words re. the Brit bike. I rode it in some very steep territory this weekend and was forced to walk a section, so the limitations are obvious. The derailleur bikes will get the nod for such rides in the future. On flat and rolling countryside, however, I am still completely enamored with the concept.
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