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    What to do with Shifter Bosses?!?!?

    Luckily enough, the DeBernardi that I'm using for my latest fixie has no front derailleur hanger, but what the hell do I do with those ugly shifter bosses? I put STI cable stops on them (hoping they'd look, "finished"), but they just got bigger and uglier!

    Shall I just strip the frame down and cut them off, fill them in and paint it? Well hell, If I'm gonna do that, should I just buy a track frame?

    See the dilemma?
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    Hook some streamers to them.

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    Grind them off, mask off the area in a band and paint in a complimentary color to hide your dirty work
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    if you cut them off, it might weaken the frame...but...do what you like. i'd never do that to a DeBernardi though...maybe to an old trek, or an old raleigh, but damn...that's just wrong.

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    Why did you sell your track bike anyways?

    As far as this bike goes, I think everyone expects a converted road bike to have some extra little mounts and whatnot on it, no big deal..

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    Sold the track bike to make a bit of cash and free up some space. It was a quick decision, and one I might not repeat given the chance. Oh well, the money bought a Steelman Stage Race that should be here in a few weeks!

    Who knows, I may part out this DeBernardi and build something else?

    eBay has been a bad thing for me to find. All I do now is build and rebuild bikes.
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    Remember, nobody else is going to care as much as you. It might not be as ugly as you think...

    Having said that, I'm thinking of grinding off the cable guides from the top tube of my road fixed conversion. Any tips? I've got a hacksaw, should I find a dremel?

    thanks...

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    i used a cold chisel an hammer on mine. a little less messy than grinding, but i'm pretty comfortable with a chisel. it ended up leaving minimal marking after i used a file to smooth them out. maybe about a 1/4 inch each. then i just took some automotive touch up paint to it, wetsanded the whole thing, and we're good to go. of course a week later i found out that the bottom bracket had been installed wrong, and could not be repaired. it was a crap nishiki anyway. like one tin said, i'd be much more reserved about doing it do a de bernardi.

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