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    Good stuff everyone, thanks. I knew there were...

    Good stuff everyone, thanks. I knew there were three or fifteen things I hadn't thought about.



    This is cool! I'm a mechanical engineer and have access to SolidWorks at work but this might be...
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    1. I'm not decided on the tubing yet. Open to...

    1. I'm not decided on the tubing yet. Open to suggestions. Heavy duty preferred to lightweight. But I don't need a monster, I myself only weigh 140lbs.
    2. S&S couplers are a good idea, I hadn't...
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    Custom Touring Frame - What Would YOU Want?

    I have the opportunity to get a custom steel frame made at a very reasonable price. I have race bikes, commuters, mountain bikes, etc. So what I'd really like is an "ultimate" expedition touring...
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    I'm sorry to say, but this is a simple case of...

    I'm sorry to say, but this is a simple case of the wrong tool for the job. My advice: make it a fixed gear, and next time look for a more practical and less poser-track frame.
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    In that case I'll add option C which is to simply...

    In that case I'll add option C which is to simply switch to fixed gear. Or, could you drill your own hole in the seat-stay bridge and add a brake?

    No matter what you should at least get a decent...
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    Huh? I hope this is a fixed gear. If so you're...

    Huh? I hope this is a fixed gear. If so you're fine, and you don't need a rear brake. Otherwise, not good! Why can't you put a rear brake on? If this is truly the case I would:

    a) Get a different...
  7. You must not be paying attention. Others have...

    You must not be paying attention. Others have discussed racing frames designed to last a single season.
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    Spokes seem like overkill to me. To get a spoke...

    Spokes seem like overkill to me. To get a spoke that thick up to proper tension you'll be putting a lot of stress on the rim. I understand you're using a heavy rim but I'd still worry about eyelet...
  9. Yes, it's possible. But you risk damaging the...

    Yes, it's possible. But you risk damaging the paint or the headset. At worst you can ruin the frame and the headset. But you'd have to pretty ham fisted for that to happen.

    My first few headset...
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    +1 This is a common mistake. The saddle needs...

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    This is a common mistake. The saddle needs to be where it needs to be for pedaling any nothing else. Get the saddle in the correct position for pedaling first, then leave it there! Then get...
  11. Thread: Reminder

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    Not for me. I wait until the snow and salt is...

    Not for me. I wait until the snow and salt is gone to do anything besides chain cleanings. Of course my fixed gear doesn't require much maintenance, but I don't bother doing it until I know it won't...
  12. You're ignoring the fact that a Ti frame (or ANY...

    You're ignoring the fact that a Ti frame (or ANY material) when under-built for the stresses it will see, will fail.

    Any material could carry the OP 10 years without issue. But since carbon...
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    If you just want tighter spacing between the...

    If you just want tighter spacing between the rings, go for it. You've got nothing to lose but the cost of the chainring. Nothing else will have to change. Look on ebay, you should be able to find one.
  14. Do some simple math to figure out where the...

    Do some simple math to figure out where the bottom bracket will ACTUALLY end up. Sheldon Brown says that old road bikes traditionally had a bottom bracket height of 10 5/8". I would use that as your...
  15. Since the KMC links are reusable I'd just get a...

    Since the KMC links are reusable I'd just get a KMC chain that includes the link. I've had good luck with their stuff, but only use 8-speed myself. I find them cheaper than the SRAM chains I used to...
  16. The best solution is a switch to cantilever...

    The best solution is a switch to cantilever brakes, which will give you more room than V-brakes and WAY more room than mini-Vs. The only hassle is adding cable hangers. On the rear this is probably...
  17. Why is the UK stuff so cheap lately? Is it some...

    Why is the UK stuff so cheap lately? Is it some sort of currency exchange thing? I've seen it in various threads now and experienced it myself when I bought some bar-end shifters and a crankset from...
  18. Thread: V Brake build

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    OP - how many times have you setup V-brakes? I've...

    OP - how many times have you setup V-brakes? I've done them a lot over the years and never had this issue. Especially not with a new brake. The arms don't need to spring back with much tension....
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    Good advice, but some of us are too far down the...

    Good advice, but some of us are too far down the rabbit hole! Lured by the price and availability of (vintage) lightweight tubular rims I have way too many wheelsets to give up on them. I do like...
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    Then you cannot simply "replace the rubber." ...

    Then you cannot simply "replace the rubber."

    Kool Stop Dura or Dura 2 are still my recommendations if you want the very best pads. You'll need to get the pads + holders since you don't have...
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    Kool Stop Dura or Dura 2. Post pictures if you...

    Kool Stop Dura or Dura 2.

    Post pictures if you want better information. Help us help you. Your descriptions are terrible.
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    Thanks! Google "presta valve core." It's the...

    Thanks! Google "presta valve core." It's the little (sometimes) removable part of the valve that lets the air in and out. It's screwed into the valve stem. If it's not tight, it will leak. This is...
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    Better tubular tires like these will probably use...

    Better tubular tires like these will probably use latex tubes which will lose air overnight due to the material. If it's leaking by the valve, check the core. It might be loose or you might not have...
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    Challenge tires, nice! They look brand new,...

    Challenge tires, nice! They look brand new, definitely reuse them. You use tape OR glue, not both. I think most people only use glue. I've never used the tape after hearing too many horror stories....
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    I'm not going to bother digging through the...

    I'm not going to bother digging through the catalogs but it does look like a Reynolds 501 sticker on the downtube. So if that's what it looks like to you, it probably is.

    Personally I don't think...
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