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    Sticky: Something tells me you are a long and tall Texan,...

    Something tells me you are a long and tall Texan, jmonkey.

    Love the swoopy seat stays.
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    What city are you in? What you end up with could...

    What city are you in?
    What you end up with could in large part be dictated by what is available a reasonable distance from you. Longer distance mean more freight and may mean finding someone willing...
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    Sticky: Those are the mounts it came with, after a bit of...

    Those are the mounts it came with, after a bit of metal was removed.
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    Salvaged material? You know not of what you...

    Salvaged material? You know not of what you speak, sir. It's all new materials from local suppliers.

    The aluminum bracket may look a bit crude but the unit as a whole is actually lighter that it...
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    Val's new center stand is available from Aaron's...

    Val's new center stand is available from Aaron's bike shop in Seattle. The new version does look a lot nicer and cleaner than his early versions. The price is a bit high but if there is enough...
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    Sticky: I was thinking about the same thing but couldn't...

    I was thinking about the same thing but couldn't find a way around it without sacrificing the utility of a good rack. Really tho, the rack is pretty durned easy to take on and off once you get the...
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    Sticky: OK, here's a pic of the mount detail. The...

    OK, here's a pic of the mount detail. The adjuster knob is a tad close to the rack but there's enough clearance so it's not an issue. In the Surly blog somewhere there's detail of how they mounted a...
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    Sticky: Yeah, it's another Big Dummy. You're all tired of...

    Yeah, it's another Big Dummy. You're all tired of seeing them now I'm sure but here you go anyway.
    That's a Nice Rack on the front now to balance out the load a bit.
    ...
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    I'm planning on using my Dummy for some camping...

    I'm planning on using my Dummy for some camping this summer, too. As I said above, I just mounted a Nice Rack on the front and I plan on using panniers up there, too.

    My thinking is that the big...
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    A high spoke count wheel on the rear is a good...

    A high spoke count wheel on the rear is a good thing. For the front I imagine the biggest reason to have a similarly high spoke count wheel is to have matching wheels.

    My Dummy has a 36 spoke...
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    I looked at the Ute the other day. My REI...

    I looked at the Ute the other day. My REI panniers won't work on it. I was actually wondering if the Kona bags were proprietary to it.

    One thing I really, really like about my Big Dummy with the...
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    Which is why I always buy at least twice as much...

    Which is why I always buy at least twice as much as I think I'll need. If I don't, I WILL screw up the first try and not have enough to finish the job.
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    My preference is for wheels with fatter tires and...

    My preference is for wheels with fatter tires and more spokes but we've all heard that argument enough.
    It looks to me like you got it all together just fine. You're going to love how handy it is....
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    You can pick up the trail in North Bend, also....

    You can pick up the trail in North Bend, also. Easiest place to pick it up is at the park where it crosses Ballarat about three blocks north of the Chevy dealership on North Bend Way. If you start...
  15. I use a 105 front derailleur with an LX 582...

    I use a 105 front derailleur with an LX 582 26/36/48 outboard bearing crankset on my Cross Check. It works fine. This is a 9-speed setup, not 10-speed however.
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    Wow, I feel pretty lucky. My favorite LBS is one...

    Wow, I feel pretty lucky. My favorite LBS is one of the biggest Xtracycle sellers around. When I asked, he estimated they had sold about 30 of them here in Seattle. That number doesn't surprise me at...
  17. OK, so I finally had time this evening to get in...

    OK, so I finally had time this evening to get in there with calipers and figure out how much metal was removed when the LBS faced the brake tabs and if it was really necessary to make the brakes fit...
  18. Now you two have got me wondering... When I...

    Now you two have got me wondering...

    When I picked up my Dummy frame the LBS had already faced the mount tabs, easily removing a couple mm of material. Exactly how much they removed I don't know...
  19. On a normal frame it's not really a big deal to...

    On a normal frame it's not really a big deal to tweak the frame back to proper alignment, nor is it really that uncommon to have to do so, especially on a low-cost steel frame such as most Surlys. On...
  20. I ran into that problem on both my Karate Monkey...

    I ran into that problem on both my Karate Monkey and on my Dummy. The problem is crappy alignment when they assembled the frame. It's not just with Avids, you will have the same problem with any disc...
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    Do you have Canti/V-brakes or discs? Are you...

    Do you have Canti/V-brakes or discs? Are you running straight/riser bars or something with a pull-back like Mary, H, or cruiser bars?

    It seems to me that I did get away with a regular shifter...
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    That sounds about right. My rear brake and...

    That sounds about right. My rear brake and derailleur housing lengths ended up at right about 6 feet long each. Remember that if you use tall or angled-back bars to allow for longer cables. If you...
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    The front rack is a Nashbar item. They make a...

    The front rack is a Nashbar item. They make a little combo pannier/top bag for it but don't buy it. The bag is junk. The rack is kind of small but it's good for strapping on something no bigger that...
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    Well this ride is next weekend so I'm bumping the...

    Well this ride is next weekend so I'm bumping the thread back to the top.

    I finished building up my Big Dummy yesterday so there will be at least one there, probably a few. If you want to get...
  25. I had the same problem with my MTB and some...

    I had the same problem with my MTB and some cheaper panniers. I've pretty much quit buying any Cannondale brand stuff. Their clothing that I bought fell apart in short order and some other...
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