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Old 11-15-04, 06:08 PM   #1226
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chain too slack?
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Old 11-15-04, 07:03 PM   #1227
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As for the chainline, Will putting the chainring on the other side of the crank will make things better? The ring will be lying where the head of the chainring bolts are right now. Does that look straight?
I'll give it a try, and if it doesn't work maybe I'll just move some of the hub spacers around and redish the wheel a bit. Or i guess i could live with it.
It looks to me like flipping the chainring will straighten out the chainline.

In that pic, it looks like it's off because the chain appears to go at a different angle once it hits the chainring. I'd say from that that it's off by a good amount, and that's probably the source of the noise. You gotta kill the noise, because there is absolutely nothing like riding silent at night.
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Old 11-15-04, 07:03 PM   #1228
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Why a back brake and no front brake?
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well, no the chain looks slack but it doesn't hop... Haven't taken it through too much rough stuff yet but little drops and urban stuff hasn't derailed it. I figured, why mess with it?

as for the brake(s), one was just cheaper so I could get the bike rideable... The old promax brakes were shot. Besides I was thinking of getting a little nicer brake on the front, figured it would be worth the extra cash for an avid SD7 or something.

it does feel like a totally different bike now. Lighter, faster, ect... Plus I went from a riser to a flat so it feels really new. Need decent pedals. Those are the stock nylon trek's.

oh yeah, 34x16
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Old 11-15-04, 10:19 PM   #1230
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It looks to me like flipping the chainring will straighten out the chainline.

In that pic, it looks like it's off because the chain appears to go at a different angle once it hits the chainring. I'd say from that that it's off by a good amount, and that's probably the source of the noise. You gotta kill the noise, because there is absolutely nothing like riding silent at night.

Well that's three veterans telling me to flip the chainring. Sounds like a project for the weekend. I've spent the last 3 days trying to get the freaking tires on those rims. FYI for all: Alex DV15 rims and Continental Ultra Sport tires don't get along.
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look ...the photos thread just hit half a century
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Old 11-16-04, 12:00 AM   #1232
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FYI for all: Alex DV15 rims and Continental Ultra Sport tires don't get along.
FWIW, my personal feeling is that Conti's are generally total pains to mount. Much harder than other brands of tires. If I didn't like 'em so much, I'd stop putting up with it.
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Old 11-16-04, 01:14 AM   #1233
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FWIW, my personal feeling is that Conti's are generally total pains to mount. Much harder than other brands of tires. If I didn't like 'em so much, I'd stop putting up with it.
I've heard the same thing. Why didn't anybody tell me this last week? It could have saved me some skin on my thumbs. and 5 tubes. and 2 tire levers.
The weird thing is I got the tire on the back wheel on the first try. It took me 5 attempts and on the front tire before letting the LBS do it. The mechanic there used some crazy old VAR tool to get the tire on, only to have pinched another tube. So I finally gave up and took the tire and wheel back to the shop where I bought it, where the guy let me exchange the tire for a sheistier and more expensive (but easier to mount. so much easier to mount) Hutchinson POS. So now i've got mismatched tires.

Also, I just measured my chainline. I've got 41mm up front and 42.5 in the rear. I don't think flipping the chainring is going to help much.
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Also, a tip when dealing with continentals. I got down to the very last bit of bead to push over the rim, when my buddy Keevohn whips out his Crank Bros speed lever and makes quick work of it. I was duly impressed.

And as for the mis-matched tires, I've got a hutchinson up front, so no worries. :-)
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Here's my first fixie.


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Old 11-16-04, 02:16 AM   #1236
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Just saw that on the FGG, must say it looks very nice. Well done.
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Old 11-16-04, 02:24 AM   #1237
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Thanks. The original plan was to build a cheap winter commuter. Got little carried away. No I still need to build that winter fix...
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Old 11-16-04, 02:16 PM   #1238
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Gretchen, the latest incarnation - quite a few changes.



Specs:
Fuji Team 52cm
Sugino RT 165mm cranks, Sakae 46T blue/grey anodize ring, 18T Shimano freewheel (3/32 all round)
Van Dessel rear wheel, Mavic CXP21 radially laced to Shimano 105 hub up front
Easton EC30 Carbon threaded fork, Dia Compe 500 old school brake
FSA Duron headset (nice and smooth)
Nitto stem (50mm? stumpy as hell - love it)
Profile Airwing bullhorns, Dia Compe Time Trial Lever
Generic spuds
Selle Italia SLR saddle on a no-name seatpost
Conti Gatorskins (23's) in this incarnation, previously blue Vredestein Fortezzas (matched the bike)
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Old 11-16-04, 02:52 PM   #1239
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I was wondering what people thought of centurions, I just pulled a pretty blue sport dlx out of a dumpster. I was thinking new project, but i havent heard much about them. watcha know
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Old 11-16-04, 03:33 PM   #1240
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I have a centurion and found out that it was made by the same guys making diamondback bikes (bmx I believe). Very little info on it on the net but sheldonbrown has a small note on them. Nice sturdy lugged bikes or atleast the one I have.
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Old 11-16-04, 08:21 PM   #1241
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lot of centurions used here as converts. seems to make for a good intro/beater fixie. build it, give it away, use as a house bike.. YEAH!

basically a sporty schwinn, ya know?
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Old 11-17-04, 02:34 PM   #1242
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Gretchen, the latest incarnation - quite a few changes.



Specs:
Fuji Team 52cm
Sugino RT 165mm cranks, Sakae 46T blue/grey anodize ring, 18T Shimano freewheel (3/32 all round)
Van Dessel rear wheel, Mavic CXP21 radially laced to Shimano 105 hub up front
Easton EC30 Carbon threaded fork, Dia Compe 500 old school brake
FSA Duron headset (nice and smooth)
Nitto stem (50mm? stumpy as hell - love it)
Profile Airwing bullhorns, Dia Compe Time Trial Lever
Generic spuds
Selle Italia SLR saddle on a no-name seatpost
Conti Gatorskins (23's) in this incarnation, previously blue Vredestein Fortezzas (matched the bike)

What's new?
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Old 11-17-04, 02:35 PM   #1243
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What's new?
You've seen it recently but since I posted it in this thread a good double dozen of pages ago, it's changed quite a bit. However, I do have that SLR saddle on there now. Which you haven't seen.
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Old 11-17-04, 02:38 PM   #1244
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Bored, wanna post a pic of my fixed but she's still on the stand. Dang thieves took my rear wheel a few weeks back and I gotta get another real soon.

But here's some pics of fixies & singlespeeds seen in travels:











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Old 11-17-04, 02:44 PM   #1245
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Good news, nice people in the world, stolen fixie returned. I would praise jesus but hes dead. ah, fuk it, hallalujah
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Old 11-17-04, 07:53 PM   #1246
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I know u locks aren't worth much these days, but what is that one doing in the PINK FUZZY bike pic?
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Old 11-17-04, 08:56 PM   #1247
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hey congrats fixinskitchin...
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Old 11-18-04, 08:44 AM   #1248
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I know u locks aren't worth much these days, but what is that one doing in the PINK FUZZY bike pic?
resting comfortably?
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Old 11-18-04, 11:02 AM   #1249
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You've seen it recently but since I posted it in this thread a good double dozen of pages ago, it's changed quite a bit. However, I do have that SLR saddle on there now. Which you haven't seen.

I see.
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[QUOTE=SamHouston]Bored, wanna post a pic of my fixed but she's still on the stand. Dang thieves took my rear wheel a few weeks back and I gotta get another real soon.

But here's some pics of fixies & singlespeeds seen in travels:




QUOTE]


Sweet ass jumping pick. It's now my desktop.
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