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    Say..., what happens to that downrod in heavy...

    Say..., what happens to that downrod in heavy front wheel braking?!! :eek::twitchy:
  2. ...False neutrals can be hell, when you're...

    ...False neutrals can be hell, when you're standing on the pedals!! :eek: (result could be, Falsetto, Neuter :innocent: )
  3. From a perception point of view, that's probably...

    From a perception point of view, that's probably true as far as it goes, but as a result the ratio of hand pressure to overcome friction to that actually applying pad pressure to the rim increases. ...
  4. I agree. Let's not put all vintage brakes in the...

    I agree. Let's not put all vintage brakes in the bucket of the cheap and/or deteriorated and/or badly setup category of inadequate brakes. In my own experience, and apparently others' here in this...
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    I'm overwhelmed by the input, but due to my lack...

    I'm overwhelmed by the input, but due to my lack of spare time, I think I'll have to let this thread take on a life of its own, and maybe an enterprising contributor can take up the photoshop...
  6. Hear, hear! :thumb:

    Hear, hear! :thumb:
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    Are you telling me they ass-plode!!? Say it...

    Are you telling me they ass-plode!!? Say it isn't so! :cry: :lol:
  8. Not sure I follow you completely regarding...

    Not sure I follow you completely regarding "knowing its [sic] impossible to bottom out the lever".
    In my case at least, I have all the strength needed in my hands to squeeze the lever to the point...
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    Beautiful geometry & equipment. Must be a...

    Beautiful geometry & equipment. Must be a Europe/France model; never saw anything quite like that before. Other than cantis, that bike has everything; having seen it for the first time, I think I...
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    As point of reference, I don't know if it's...

    As point of reference, I don't know if it's current, but not long ago at least, cast magnesium was one of the materials of choice for the structure behind passenger car instrument panels, for its...
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    Seems pretty tasteful and practical, for a fixie...

    Seems pretty tasteful and practical, for a fixie :thumb:
    Front brake is sine qua non, and I assume the gearing is optimised for your typical mission profile, or else modified as needs dictate.
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    One point to consider; maybe this has already...

    One point to consider; maybe this has already been addressed somewhere, but theoretically the tension applied to the straddle cable, not to mention the calipers themselves, could be as high as double...
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    That's really cool! Must have been pretty light,...

    That's really cool! Must have been pretty light, but maybe fatigue prone? Do you happen to know why we're not all riding cast Mag frames, or why they didn't take over racing? ;)
  14. My concern with a large gap between the rim and...

    My concern with a large gap between the rim and the pads is the possibility of bottoming out the lever under emergency conditions. On my bikes I set the gap as small as I can get away with, without...
  15. Yes, indeed! :thumb:

    Yes, indeed! :thumb:
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    @Chombi, :thumb:

    @Chombi, :thumb:
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    To put it more accurately, the thinner spoke has...

    To put it more accurately, the thinner spoke has a lower spring constant, so the amplitude of cyclic stress (due to stretching and relaxation of the spoke as the wheel goes through a revolution) is...
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    Perfect!... no matter where it breaks, it's sure...

    Perfect!... no matter where it breaks, it's sure to offer up a jagged, disfiguring place for your groin to land when it fails. :eek:
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    There are some grades of stainless steel that...

    There are some grades of stainless steel that lose ductility at very low temperatures, but that is a red herring.
    Ductility implies plastic yielding, and if this is happening to your spokes, you are...
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    C&V?!! :rolleyes:

    C&V?!! :rolleyes:
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    Wow, so much wacky/cool stuff coming out of the...

    Wow, so much wacky/cool stuff coming out of the woodwork! I don't have much time in my schedule right now to compile a proposed build, but I think we have a good selection of options for frame/fork,...
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    Weren't the really cool ones made of wire?

    Weren't the really cool ones made of wire?
  23. [/LIST]FIFY! ;) [/LIST] FIFY! :lol: ...

    [/LIST]FIFY! ;)


    [/LIST] FIFY! :lol:

    Other than that, I actually agree with most of what you posted!:thumb:
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    Let's be clear; "stopping power" is down to...

    Let's be clear; "stopping power" is down to coefficient of friction between the brake pads and the surface they're contacting, and likewise the tires. Not to be confused with braking effort, which...
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    That's a great idea, I was thinking along those...

    That's a great idea, I was thinking along those lines myself, but being challenged for time as well as know-how, all I could think of was hosting a photo album with the selected bits. :o
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