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    Langster project is done -w/ new pics-

    Thought I would share even though many folks are not into the Langster or single speeds. Certianly not as cool as some folk's bikes here but I am very happy. It rides great, and steers very well at speed. I hit 42mph on a down hill a few weeks ago in the aero bars and it felt solid. It is a hodge podge of parts I have gathered over the years. There is no theme like in other people's bikes. There is Campy, Dura ace, and Suntour all mixed together. I picked what I liked best from each maker and put the together. Hope you like it.

    Edited - Added new bits to the bike:
    Changed the crank from Chorus to Record
    Seatpost from an American Classic to a Thomson Setback
    Brakes from Dura Ace to Tektro Carbon 5.0 TT levers

    Thanks to those who pointed me in the direction of the TT levers. The work great, look cleaner, and are lighter than my old setup by a fair amount. Thanks for the tips.













    Last edited by Hirohsima; 09-15-07 at 08:56 PM.

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    looks nice, but

    FTW

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    Very nice.

    Also, +1 on the bar-end brake levers. Very functional, inexpensive too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave
    Very nice.

    Also, +1 on the bar-end brake levers. Very functional, inexpensive too.
    I have Dura Ace levers on there now which are really snappy and have great brake feel. I have looked at the Tektro/cane creek/profile TT levers but all the ones I have seen had a lot of play and did not have a very good feel. If any of you have any experience with Tektro's/Cane Creeks Carbon levers I would be interested. I want something that feels good and stops well. That it is lighter than my current setup is just a bonus. Bike as it stands is 18.25 lbs w/ the aero bars and 17.75 w/o. Would not mind getting sub 18 with some carbon,... hmm......

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    i like the way the brake levers look btw
    not a 2ksuck'r

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    anything that has the dura ace sticker on it


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    they're just natural feelings like, walking off, to ride my bike

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    and thats awesome that its only 18 pounds

    and i actually like this bike, i normally dont like langsters
    they're just natural feelings like, walking off, to ride my bike

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    I ****ing love double-double (double cog, double chainring, no derailleur) set ups.
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    dude, rad langster. for real.

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    Hey! I used to have that Langster. Till I broke it Now I have the other color scheme... with the exact same bars btw.

    +1 on the bar end levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirohsima View Post
    I have Dura Ace levers on there now which are really snappy and have great brake feel. I have looked at the Tektro/cane creek/profile TT levers but all the ones I have seen had a lot of play and did not have a very good feel. If any of you have any experience with Tektro's/Cane Creeks Carbon levers I would be interested. I want something that feels good and stops well. That it is lighter than my current setup is just a bonus. Bike as it stands is 18.25 lbs w/ the aero bars and 17.75 w/o. Would not mind getting sub 18 with some carbon,... hmm......
    Yah; that is pretty sweet.. I have a 2006 black which is entirely stock; they are pretty nice bikes IMHO. My only gripe is that the hardware they use (like the chainring bolts, seat binder bolts, BB bolts, wheel axle bolts, etc, etc..) are all pretty low grade. My bike looks like it is 10 years old because it gets ridden in all weather and all those parts look rusted to death. In contrast I have a 70's Motobecane that I rode all fall/winter/spring and the hardware looks in BETTER condition; even though it is 30 years old. Sad; but they don't make em like they used to

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    Why the aerobars?
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    To be more aero? (Sorry)

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    Hey what pedals are those? Some variety of SPD?
    call me "crash"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroplane View Post
    Why the aerobars?
    I use is as a training bike. I ride it at lunch at the office. To do my 20 mile loop in ~55 minutes I guess need a little help from aero bars. Plus I have 3 sets of the same bar/stem setup ( they are integrated, and I have one on my road, one on my SS, and a backup) so no reason to not use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThrottleJock View Post
    Hey what pedals are those? Some variety of SPD?
    They are Performance's Forte Rail. They take the standard Shimano SPD cleat. I would have gotten the Ritchey V4Pro but they use a different cleat and I wanted to share the same shoes w/ my MTB bike which has Shimano pedals.

    They are 256 grams and feel pretty good. They are cro-mo body and have real bearings (rather than bushings on the Ritcheys) so they should last a while.

    HTH

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    I like it a lot

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    Real nice job, a great looking bike. Great photography, too.
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    nice bike, it'll be even nicer after it gets some character.

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    great build. what's your gear to get that fast? aerobars really make that much of a diff for speed? wow that's awesome, plus your pedal stroke must be silky smooth as well. so far ive maxed at 30mph on a 42/16 on a downhill. i want to get better though.

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    Does that WI double freewheel require a special hub or does it work on any flip flop hub?
    Also, how are you getting away with a QR rear axel? I though that wasn't kosher for SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyeswho View Post
    great build. what's your gear to get that fast? aerobars really make that much of a diff for speed? wow that's awesome, plus your pedal stroke must be silky smooth as well. so far ive maxed at 30mph on a 42/16 on a downhill. i want to get better though.
    Its a singlespeed, so it was probably just a steep downhill. That being said, it looks great, although I do agree that bar end levers would look sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanlovesyou View Post
    Its a singlespeed, so it was probably just a steep downhill. That being said, it looks great, although I do agree that bar end levers would look sweet.
    good comprehension. i missed that. thanks. i was about to say dang he has a seriously great pedal stroke to get that fast fixed.
    * i think that the brake hoods make it look really cool and dangerous. i bet peds would think twice about being in his way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirohsima View Post
    I use is as a training bike. I ride it at lunch at the office. To do my 20 mile loop in ~55 minutes I guess need a little help from aero bars. Plus I have 3 sets of the same bar/stem setup ( they are integrated, and I have one on my road, one on my SS, and a backup) so no reason to not use it.
    I can relate. I ride my Nishiki fixed on a 30-mile loop every Sunday for the hell of it. Takes about 90
    minutes when traffic doesn't slow me up!
    Great looking bike!

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    sweet, great looking ride
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