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    Quote Originally Posted by evilcryalotmore View Post


    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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    Quote Originally Posted by pathdoc View Post
    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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    New crank installed.photo (21).jpg

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    New crank installed.photo (21).jpg

    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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    Centurion: Townie Edition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evilcryalotmore View Post


    my current commuter bike
    info on the rack please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bro View Post
    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?

    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bro View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by triumph.man View Post
    info on the rack please.
    Probably a Wald.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bro View Post
    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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    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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    Here is my old Townie that I parted ways with about 4 years ago. I called it the "Gentlemen Hipster".

    Before:

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    After:

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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.

    Thanks,

    Goodness Of Fit

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    I like the looks of those OYB bags.
    Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"


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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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    Quote Originally Posted by evilcryalotmore View Post


    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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    It's a common Wald basket. Any bike shop can get you one if they have none in stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmontgomery87 View Post
    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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    My new commuter.


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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
    ride bikes, eat food. the circle of life.

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    Love that Lotus!

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