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Old 04-17-14, 02:27 PM   #1126
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my current commuter bike
Yeah I'm just gunna come right out and say it. That thing is frikin perfect. All of it. The saddle flows elegantly with the bars and the positioning is balanced. The skinny forks and chrome accents. The color and the basket. One gear, one brake. Gumwalls. If I had closed my eyes to build a townie, that's what my imagination would see. I bow with respect to this tasteful creation.

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Old 04-17-14, 02:42 PM   #1127
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I ended up buying a set of FSA Gimondi track cranks. Will attempt to install this weekend.
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Don't forget that you'll need a different bottom bracket to get the chain line correct. A 103mm. I think the Essex comes with a 110mm. And it isnt a smooth one either. I used one of these. Amazon.com: Sunlite Square - Comp Cartridge Bottom Bracket - 68mm, ENG, Square Taper, 103mm, Steel: Sports & Outdoors Remarkably solid and buttery smooth, and freakishly inexpensive for the quality. You'll also end up with just about the narrowest possible Q factor too. Triple win. Post pics when done.
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Old 04-17-14, 03:45 PM   #1128
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Old 04-17-14, 03:51 PM   #1129
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New crank installed.

Yes chain line is off. I'll look at one of those 103mm, bottom brackets. thanks for the info

Update: New bottom bracket installed, chain line fixed.

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Old 04-19-14, 02:28 PM   #1130
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Old 04-24-14, 11:58 AM   #1131
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info on the rack please.
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Old 04-24-14, 01:06 PM   #1132
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Don't forget that you'll need a different bottom bracket to get the chain line correct. A 103mm. I think the Essex comes with a 110mm. And it isnt a smooth one either. I used one of these. Amazon.com: Sunlite Square - Comp Cartridge Bottom Bracket - 68mm, ENG, Square Taper, 103mm, Steel: Sports & Outdoors Remarkably solid and buttery smooth, and freakishly inexpensive for the quality. You'll also end up with just about the narrowest possible Q factor too. Triple win. Post pics when done.
i am confuse, fsa recommends a 110.5 for those cranks, and i have a perfect chainline with those cranks on a 107mm bb, and i wouldnt be able to use any smaller of a spindle. waaat.
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Old 04-24-14, 01:32 PM   #1133
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i am confuse, fsa recommends a 110.5 for those cranks, and i have a perfect chainline with those cranks on a 107mm bb, and i wouldnt be able to use any smaller of a spindle. waaat.
FSA recommends a 110.5 bottom bracket to acheive a 45mm chainline.

He is running a Shimano CB-E110 coaster Brake that has a 42mm chainline.

Running a 107mm BB with that crank will result (theoretically) in a 43.25mm chainline. Off by 1.25mm. Unfixable with spacers.

Running a 103mm BB with that crank will result in a 41.25mm chainline. Off by 0.75mm. Fixable with spacers.

I run a Shimano CB-E110 and use a 103mm BB with that crank and it fits flawlessly. The tolerance between the crank and shell is awesomely precise and looks like they were engineered for each other.

You don't have enough room to move your crank in 2mms closer to the shell?

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Named after cycling legend Felice Gimondi, this retro styled crankset is designed with state of the art technology to perform at the highest level and still maintain a classic look. Forged and machined aluminium 6061 crankset. 100% CNC chainring of AL7075, Torx T-30 chainring bolts of aluminium 7075. Q-Factor: 149 mm, chainline 45 mm. Recommend bottom bracket axle length: 110.5 mm. Also compatible with 3/32" or 1/8" chains.

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Old 04-24-14, 02:26 PM   #1134
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theyre cranked down pretty hard and its the second time theyve been put on, theyre mad close to the shell. maybe with new ones not over-tightened theyd fit fine on a 103. i was confused about the chainline but that hub explains it, i have the same one, but im not using it right now. and i forgot that it was for a 45 chainline.

anyway, that chain gaurd is tooo cool.
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Old 04-24-14, 02:48 PM   #1135
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theyre cranked down pretty hard and its the second time theyve been put on, theyre.
Dude, it's MORE than mad close on my bike. When you look at the inside of the crank arm where it meets the BB, you'll notice that is just a little conically shaped. The diameter is a TINY bit smaller than the lock rings for the BB. The end of the arm actually goes INSIDE the BB Shell by just a MM or so. You cannot even see the spindle. It's impossible to see spindle from any angle. It's as precise as it could be. Spins flawlessly too.


It's pretty sick looking.
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Old 04-24-14, 02:57 PM   #1136
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daaang. thats tight. mines super close and you can see a little spindle and i thought it was pretty cool, but thats on some next level closeness hahah
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Old 04-24-14, 03:03 PM   #1137
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info on the rack please.
Probably a Wald.
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Old 04-24-14, 04:45 PM   #1138
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daaang. thats tight. mines super close and you can see a little spindle and i thought it was pretty cool, but thats on some next level closeness hahah
The only problem I can foresee is if any debris gets in there, it AINT coming out. LOL.
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Old 04-24-14, 07:43 PM   #1139
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still technically a picture of my townie but very up close not trying to derail

but heres mine. its like 42-43 right meow.


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Old 04-29-14, 12:46 PM   #1140
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Here is my old Townie that I parted ways with about 4 years ago. I called it the "Gentlemen Hipster".

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Thinking of building a new Townie and have a few questions for the hive mind that I posted in this thread:
Building a SS Townie (What to look for in a frame)

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 04-29-14, 12:54 PM   #1141
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I like the looks of those OYB bags.
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Old 04-30-14, 10:13 AM   #1142
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The front is an OYB. I still have it and may put it on the new ride. The back bag is a Tom Bihn Ristretto bag that had a map pocket that slid perfectly over the seat post rack, and waist straps that I used to lack it in place around the frame.
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Old 04-30-14, 11:18 AM   #1143
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my current commuter bike
Where is the best place to get one of those metal baskets for the front like this.
This bike looks great and I'd like to put together something like this for commuting.
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Old 04-30-14, 01:09 PM   #1144
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It's a common Wald basket. Any bike shop can get you one if they have none in stock.
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Old 05-01-14, 01:20 AM   #1145
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Where is the best place to get one of those metal baskets for the front like this.
This bike looks great and I'd like to put together something like this for commuting.
@Scrodzilla is right, i got this basket for 18 dollars i think. the basket is nothing to complain about its not particularly perfect, nor is it horrible.
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That's a pretty good deal. I'll have to order one next week if I pick up a second bike I'm looking at.

I need a beer bike.
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Rode my Lotus Pegasus to work today. It was fun to take some of the brick roads I normally avoid and take in some new scenery.



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thats a ****** awesome bike
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Love that Lotus!

Are those Fat Franks?
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