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    Macaws Rock! michaelnel's Avatar
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    No, I don't mean the orange one you get from watching pr0n while eating Cheetos.

    The Brown Santa dropped off a big box from Ben's Bikes this morning. Opened it up and there was this very cool orange and black very light bicycle.

    Unpacked it... oops. NO BRAKES. The handlebars were all wrapped, no brake levers or brakes to be found in the package. Called BB, they said they'll priority mail the brakes and some new cork wrap right away.

    When I got done assembling it, it looks like this:





    Since I wasn't at home, I had no choice but to ride it with no brakes. Those of you who are used to these things may not think that's a big deal, but when you have never ever ridden a fixie before and your first ride is on one with no brakes, it's *interesting*.

    Actually, I just went pretty slow and rode on back streets from my work to the train station, constantly experimenting with back pressure on the pedals. I can stop it OK, but need lots of distance to do so. Pretty sure I will run a front brake when they show up from Ben's.

    First impression... what a kick in the ass fun bicycle this is! Very light, simple, and I feel very connected to it (although as you may note from the pics, my initial ride was just on MKS Sylvan Track pedals sans clips & straps... I have a set of Frogs I intend to put on it).

    The spokes in the wheels (not the standard ones, I went for the upgraded Velocity Fusion / Formula / Wheelsmith all black 32 spoke ones) aren't up to the high tensions I prefer, so I will do that this afternoon. The chain has a tight spot so I will go adjust that right after doing this post. Then I'll go ride it some more, even though it started raining on my way home from the train station.

    More later...
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    King Among Runaways hyperRevue's Avatar
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    Show some respect, call it "A Milwaukee."

    And that one has Formula hubs.
    I don't know why they're spec'd with Suzue Jrs.
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    It's mine, I'll call it a CheeseCycle if I want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelnel
    It's mine, I'll call it a CheeseCycle if I want.
    Haha, I'm going to suggest that name to Vince next time I'm at Ben's.
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    you need some clips and straps! looks good tho, congrats

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    Macaws Rock! michaelnel's Avatar
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    Notice I also got the ultra cool black & silver decals instead of the blue & silver ones. This will be a great ride on Halloween.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hyperRevue
    Show some respect, call it "A Milwaukee."

    And that one has Formula hubs.
    I don't know why they're spec'd with Suzue Jrs.
    Yeah, I paid $65 extra for the upgrade to the Velocity Fusion / Formula wheelset. Money well spent, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelnel
    Notice I also got the ultra cool black & silver decals instead of the blue & silver ones. This will be a great ride on Halloween.

    Nice call with that.
    I never liked the Blue decals.
    Looks very nice.
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    i'd flip the stem and get clips.

    glad you got it without blue. after attending college in a city i hate, whose school colors are orange and blue...can't stand the combo.

    but fixed is fun...you'll enjoy it.
    have:ea50 flats, black, light, stiff.
    144 bcd 3/32" 49t sugino track chainring, possibly 75.

    want: risers, light, stiff, 1", black if that can be
    144 bcd 46t or 47t chainring any kind or width

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    does that bike come sans rear brake cable braze ons now? (did it used to have 'em?)
    looks cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onetwentyeight
    you need some clips and straps! looks good tho, congrats
    +1

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    It does have brazeons for the rear brake along the left lower side of the top tube.

    I want to try my Speedplay Frog clipless pedals instead of clips & straps. Some reason I shouldn't? I've used Frogs on lots of bikes and have always really liked them.

    I adjusted the centering on the chainring to minimize the tight spot and adjusted the chain so it's about 1/4" at the tight spot and 1/2" at the loose areas. I put on my Thomson seatpost and Selle San Marco ASPide saddle. Weighed it... 19 lbs including the pedals. Not bad. Sure *feels* light compared to my 35lb tank of a commuter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by humancongereel
    i'd flip the stem and get clips.
    I bet you're not 56 years old with a big gut, are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelnel
    It does have brazeons for the rear brake along the left lower side of the top tube.

    I want to try my Speedplay Frog clipless pedals instead of clips & straps. Some reason I shouldn't? I've used Frogs on lots of bikes and have always really liked them.

    I adjusted the centering on the chainring to minimize the tight spot and adjusted the chain so it's about 1/4" at the tight spot and 1/2" at the loose areas. I put on my Thomson seatpost and Selle San Marco ASPide saddle. Weighed it... 19 lbs including the pedals. Not bad. Sure *feels* light compared to my 35lb tank of a commuter!

    if your used to clipless ride them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelnel
    Notice I also got the ultra cool black & silver decals instead of the blue & silver ones. This will be a great ride on Halloween.
    SHIBBY BABY SHIBBY good call

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    welcome to the club!

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    Macaws Rock! michaelnel's Avatar
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    Cool! Did yours come without decals, or did you take them off?

    What's that white stuff on the ground, cocaine?
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    I went ahead and put the Speedplay Frogs on it and went for another ride. Definitely much better being attached to one of these things. I am DEFINITELY going to put the front brake on when it gets here though. I find it real difficult to stop the bike quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelnel
    I went ahead and put the Speedplay Frogs on it and went for another ride. Definitely much better being attached to one of these things. I am DEFINITELY going to put the front brake on when it gets here though. I find it real difficult to stop the bike quickly.
    Did they throw any goodies in the box for the long wait? :-)
    waiting for a (Bike) Friday!

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    They said something about sending me a T-shirt.
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    haha. gonna do any crazy riding this weekend?

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    Macaws Rock! michaelnel's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by onetwentyeight
    haha. gonna do any crazy riding this weekend?
    Dunno how crazy it'll get with no brakes. I'm feeling like I have to be pretty conservative when I can't stop the damn thing fast. On the other hand, it's a lot of fun at any speed.

    I'll go find some not too bad hills and try going up and down them (42/16 gears).

    Supposed to be raining tomorrow too and Sunday I am doing valet bike parking for the SFBC at the Tour de California start thingie.
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    How much does one of those frames run (just frame and fork)?

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    500 i believe
    putting the pi back in pirate!
    Itís an upstanding member of the solar system
    Apply the laws of earth and make it a victim
    Of Proposition 187

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    $550.
    In other words, too much.
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