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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-25-06, 07:40 PM   #1
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First fixed gear build begins...

Got my delux wheelset from Tony at IRO today. Ordered Monday at lunch and arrived Thursday (today) at lunch. Went with the black hubs/spokes and eggplant deep v's. Came out really nice. Now if UPS and FedEx hold up their part of the bargain and deliver all three packages tomorrow, I just might have a something to ride in 24 hours.

I should of seen if Tony had any veloplugs he could of sold me. I forgot until today and discovered that no one in the entire city of Dallas stocks 'em. No big deal though, went with Velux rim tape and it went on like butta.



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Old 05-25-06, 07:42 PM   #2
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Hey, thanks for reminding me that I have a fresh pack of Veloplugs in my pocket. Mmm ... pluggy.
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Old 05-25-06, 07:45 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks for reminding me that I have a fresh pack of Veloplugs in my pocket. Mmm ... pluggy.
No one even knows what they are around here.
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Old 05-25-06, 07:45 PM   #4
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Nice wheelset, the eggplant on black looks nice. What other componenets are on the way and what type of frame are you mounting these on?
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Old 05-25-06, 07:46 PM   #5
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i like velox tape better anyway. i dig the eggplant.
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Old 05-25-06, 07:53 PM   #6
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Here's how it will hopefully end up tomorrow night:

Surly Steamroller (Battleship Grey)
Aheadset (black)
Sugino RD Crank (48 tooth) & BB
IRO Delux Wheelset & Cog (16 tooth/machined eggplants)
Crank Bros Candy Pedals (black) - stolen from my SS mtb
Whipperman Chain
Thomson Stem & Seatpost
Nitto Bullhorn Bars
Brooks B-17 Saddle (black w/silver rivets)
Continental Ultra Gatorskin Tires
Tektro 984 Extra Long Reach Calipers (black)
Kool-Stop Pads
Paul Cross Brake Lever
Cinelli Black Tape

The frame came from Carleton on this board. He's the guy who had the stripped out BB threads direct from Bianchi on his pista concept.
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Old 05-25-06, 07:55 PM   #7
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youre gonna wanna upgrade those cranks so fast... good choice on the tires tho, they're my favorite.
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Old 05-25-06, 07:58 PM   #8
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That sounds like a great build. onetwentyeight - something wrong with the cranks?
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Old 05-25-06, 08:04 PM   #9
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flex city. they'll get you running on the cheap tho.
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Old 05-25-06, 08:05 PM   #10
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Yea, they were the right price for sure. I'm coming from a Specialized Allez Elite.. we'll see if I notice any difference..
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Old 05-25-06, 08:16 PM   #11
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Wow. Nice build list you got there...
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Old 05-25-06, 08:20 PM   #12
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**** those wheels look nice. I couldn't find a decent pic of the eggplant so I went with a different color. I have, how you say, the buyer's remorse. Also bright green rims.
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Old 05-25-06, 08:25 PM   #13
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You have the green rims? Had I gotten a black frame that would of been my first choice.

Yea, eggplant is a great color. It really looks like well, an eggplant. I've got them sitting next to my desk here and about 3/4 of them look black and you can see the slight hint of purple in some of the light. They should look really good spinning out in the sun.
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You just sold me on my next set of rims. Thanks!

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You just sold me on my next set of rims. Thanks!

Tell Tony, not me. Referral "discounts" are always a good thing

I wouldn't of even known about the color had I not seen Absenter's (at least that's his name on Flickr) pic with all the colors...
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[QUOTE=Shoefly]You have the green rims? Had I gotten a black frame that would of been my first choice.

Yea, they're goin on a black frame, but man those eggplants are really freakin sweet. Oh and the RD crank, you'll never know the difference until you upgrade, I ran one for like a year and they're just fine. 'Til you get a 75, then there ain't no goin back. Sounds like a badass bike yer building tho.
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Nice build list. You gonna chop the extra long ends off the rear axle..?
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Old 05-25-06, 09:36 PM   #18
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Nice build list. You gonna chop the extra long ends off the rear axle..?
They are pretty long, I'm guessing so they'll fit some wider rear widths. We'll see how it looks once the frame arrives. Or I could just throw some pegs on there like my old BMX
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I have those rims on my black GT with DA hubs... they are schweet
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Yo! Post or send me pics of the build.

Good luck unpacking that frame. I overdid it on the wrap/tape job. It should take you a good 20 minutes.



...I just wanted to make sure you got the frame in the excellent condition that I promised.
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Tell Tony, not me. Referral "discounts" are always a good thing.
Well, I'm almost done with my über bike build parts list. I'm calling Tony next week, as soon as work chills out a bit. If you want, I'll mention you, hopefully 'Shoefly' will ring a bell.

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bah, wish I could get deep v's in the uk. I want sexy wheels too...
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bah, wish I could get deep v's in the uk. I want sexy wheels too...
You probably won't believe it, but shipping companies offer international service now too! They apparently load the horse and buggy on a boat! I know it's hard to keep up with technology, I bet they'll have people flying by the next century!!!



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Seriously though, just contact Marcus at Yojimbos or Tony at IRO. I know they'd be willing to ship a set to the UK.
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Seriously though, just contact Marcus at Yojimbos or Tony at IRO. I know they'd be willing to ship a set to the UK.
I'm thinking shipping will cost at least as much as the rims do...
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Nah, not even close. The rims are what, $60 / piece?

5 lbs. from the US to the UK via USPS would cost $33.75. If it was just the rims, that's not too bad, IMHO. It might be a little more than that with handling and it would def. cost more if you purchased a wheelset, but I wouldn't call it prohibitive.

Maybe you could even convince them to mark it as a gift with a low declared value to save on the customs....
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