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Old 11-21-05, 05:15 PM   #1
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input appreciated

does this look like i'm too far back in the dropouts? does it look like i could take a link out? i'm not really into breaking my chain if i don't have to, but i get a little bit of an uneasy feeling when i look at that gap in front of the axle. what do you think?
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Old 11-21-05, 05:17 PM   #2
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word. thanks guys. neurosis soothed for the moment.
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Old 11-21-05, 05:24 PM   #5
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welcome back to brooklyn iamjberube.
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you'd get slightly less trail if you took a link out, but it really won't make very much difference
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Old 11-21-05, 05:34 PM   #7
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I would be more concerned about snagging things on those long-a$$ axles.
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Old 11-21-05, 06:03 PM   #8
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you'd get slightly less trail if you took a link out, but it really won't make very much difference
I could be wrong, but I don't think moving the rear tire affects trail at all. You would have a shorter wheelbase though, which would also affect handling to a certain degree. Mostly, you'd just be making it harder to remove your rear wheel.

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you'd get slightly less trail if you took a link out, but it really won't make very much difference
trail? WTF?
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jberube, just curious, were you in maryland before you came back to brooklyn and did i buy an orange bianchi off you last feb?
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jberube, just curious, were you in maryland before you came back to brooklyn and did i buy an orange bianchi off you last feb?
no, it went like this...portland paris portland brooklyn hampton bays brooklyn. nice to be back, fixed feels better in traffic.

cynikal, i know, the iros be hangin' all over the place. the super-nice buildup begins with new wheels.

nine, thanks for the welcome back. king's county all the way.
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Old 11-21-05, 07:16 PM   #12
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I could be wrong, but I don't think moving the rear tire affects trail at all. You would have a shorter wheelbase though, which would also affect handling to a certain degree. Mostly, you'd just be making it harder to remove your rear wheel.

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right. trail, wheelbase... goats, cheese... easy to get mixed up
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Old 11-21-05, 07:22 PM   #13
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You see where the seat stay and the chain stay meet is your rear end of your wheel base. That should be your starting point.

Yes you are fine where you are at but I am worried how long that axle sticking out.

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I did diagram of your pic showing what I was explaining. The center is your true wheel base then you can move up one or to the rear one.

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yeah - whatup with the Ben Hur axle there, neckface?
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yeah - whatup with the Ben Hur axle there, neckface?
i dunno, they are iros. i thought that they were all that long, being cheaper, etc. i don't remember what i bought, obviously they are too long. what do you guys think, could i file them down? i was worried about the threads getting mangled, but i guess i don't have to take the nuts all the way off anyway.

ceya-that's what i was thinking, seems weird to have the weight off-center.
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Old 11-21-05, 11:52 PM   #18
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from the looks of it if you took two links out, would probably have to let air out to remove the rear wheel. (-however, if it's a city bike, 99% of the time you're taking off the rear wheel is when it's flat)
so i third the motion that it's ok.
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Old 11-21-05, 11:58 PM   #19
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The IRO's come with the long axle so that you can respace for road bike conversions, I assume.
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I'd take a link out just to shorten the wheelbase.
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Saw the axle ends down if you know you won't use the wheel in a road frame. Do it with the wheel off the bike (obviously) and the nuts (or, if you're picky, some other nuts of the right size and threading) screwed on inside. When you're done with cutting and filing the ends, just take the nuts off. They will "repair" the threads on the way out.

BTW, the guy's pedals are sick, too: http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...ursuit15-pedal
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thanks for the tips, guys. i'll take a link out of the chain and hacksaw them spy hunters down tonight.
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