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Old 11-23-04, 04:52 PM   #1326
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heh...i couldnt pay for shipping anyway...if i had to take my pick though,,,it would be the soma
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Old 11-23-04, 05:18 PM   #1327
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Old 11-23-04, 07:14 PM   #1328
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I finally got my Yamaguchi pursuit frame built up.

Formula (IRO) hubs, Mavic CXP-22 rims, Bontrager (Trek) tires 700x25
Sugino Mighty Competition crankset, 45/16 (and totally out of place Campy dustcaps)
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Wellgo pedals, Cinelli clips
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there are a few more pics here


God dang... A pursuit frame I actually like.
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Old 11-23-04, 08:28 PM   #1329
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Hot!
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Old 11-23-04, 08:29 PM   #1330
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We are intrigued! Show us More!!!!
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Old 11-23-04, 09:08 PM   #1331
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I spy a Nitto stem, but that's all I got.
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Old 11-23-04, 10:11 PM   #1332
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I built this bike up tonight - i've got some work left to do on the frame, but I had to take it for a spin.

1957 Schwinn American frame with Nitto bars and a Coaster Brake Wheel from nycbikes.com. The tires are Vittoria Pro-Team Kevlar. The Seat sucks.

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Old 11-23-04, 10:15 PM   #1333
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that is amazing
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Old 11-23-04, 10:17 PM   #1334
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hey adam, dont you have another pursuit bike? Used to be your avatar? Maybe its not you, but the yamaguchi is hot!
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Old 11-23-04, 10:18 PM   #1335
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Holy crap! I love you! My '58 American should be a few pages back...

You must've bent/removed the rear fender brace to get the rear wheel in? I was going to put my fixed wheels (700c) on it, but didn't feel like tinkering, so I opted for my MTB rims instead (coaster).
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Old 11-23-04, 10:20 PM   #1336
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By the way, keep us updated about that rear wheel. I know I was eyeing it up on eBay.
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Old 11-23-04, 10:39 PM   #1337
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Didn't take much bending, I took a risk and went for that wheelset and luckily it fit alright. Took the fender off without a hitch.

schwinnbikelove - I check out your bike - the style of these frames are really classic and beautiful.
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Old 11-23-04, 11:03 PM   #1338
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hey adam, dont you have another pursuit bike? Used to be your avatar? Maybe its not you, but the yamaguchi is hot!
yea, that was an old pic of the frame as built up by the previous owner.

and i like your avatars.
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Old 11-23-04, 11:46 PM   #1339
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ah ha..cool man

I dont think i posted my ride in this tread yet, so here it is.
IRO mark v
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Old 11-23-04, 11:53 PM   #1340
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is your tape baclwards?

....not to say you bike isnt amazing anyway
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Old 11-24-04, 12:00 AM   #1341
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its where I grip the bars with some chrome left at the bottom.
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Old 11-24-04, 12:09 AM   #1342
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I built this bike up tonight - i've got some work left to do on the frame, but I had to take it for a spin.

1957 Schwinn American frame with Nitto bars and a Coaster Brake Wheel from nycbikes.com. The tires are Vittoria Pro-Team Kevlar. The Seat sucks.
Wow -- what a hot bike. The overall effect sorta reminds me of the Harley Davidson bikes ... er, motorcycles ... from the late 30s and early 40s, particularly the stripped-down racers. It's all about that reverse-wedge shape with the frame dropping away in a big arc from the headset to the rear hub.

What a cool combination of old iron and new purpose. How's it ride, I wonder? It must turn some heads...
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Old 11-24-04, 12:19 AM   #1343
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When I used to live up by Bellingham, WA the owner of the LBS had a 40's Schwinn Excelsior that he built up fixed with Campy track hubs on tubular rims, vintage skip-tooth crank, lugged stem, and flat bar.

Very sexy in an idiosynchronous way. I rode it several times; comfy, smooth, and interesting.

Und Oktober - Ride sometime?
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Old 11-24-04, 07:51 AM   #1344
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Wow -- what a hot bike. The overall effect sorta reminds me of the Harley Davidson bikes ... er, motorcycles ... from the late 30s and early 40s, particularly the stripped-down racers. It's all about that reverse-wedge shape with the frame dropping away in a big arc from the headset to the rear hub.

What a cool combination of old iron and new purpose. How's it ride, I wonder? It must turn some heads...
When I rode it last night I kept on comparing it to my track bike, so my score for performance was pretty low. The frame is really heavy, but it chugs along with minor issues. The seat swivels up at the top of the seatpost and I need to clean up the headset. Besides that I love the bike, though I think I enjoyed building it more.
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Old 11-24-04, 10:56 AM   #1345
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not my only bike, but definately my favorite.
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Old 11-24-04, 12:43 PM   #1346
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Good lord that's gorgeous. Damn, I would KILL for that wheelbase.

Watch your back, buck-o.
So I just happened to be looking at my bike today while I was putting the trash cans away and noticed that it does have a pretty tight wheelbase. In fact, I wasn't so sure it wasn't about the same size as that Yamaguchi, so I decided to take some photos and compare. The results are interesting (see the full image for markers).

adamkell, you're off the hook for now, just watch it, ok?
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Old 11-24-04, 01:02 PM   #1347
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So I just happened to be looking at my bike today while I was putting the trash cans away and noticed that it does have a pretty tight wheelbase. In fact, I wasn't so sure it wasn't about the same size as that Yamaguchi, so I decided to take some photos and compare. The results are interesting (see the full image for markers).

adamkell, you're off the hook for now, just watch it, ok?
my bike looks wierd compared to those. like someone kicked it in the headtube....
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Old 11-24-04, 04:27 PM   #1348
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...so I decided to take some photos and compare. The results are interesting...
coincidence? i think not...

it looks like the tightness mostly comes from the rear triangle - the clearance between the front wheel and the down tube looks downright normal. do you get any toe overlap?
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Old 11-24-04, 04:52 PM   #1349
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A little bit. But I agree that the front doesn't seem that special, a pretty typical contemporary low-rake fork. I would like some day to swap out for a no-rake straight-blade and see how it plays.

I've had fenders on that bike in the past (for like 3 days) and the rear was a real PITA to keep running properly, the front was nothing special.
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Old 11-24-04, 06:11 PM   #1350
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here's a slightly better photo.


that last one was me getting artsy w/ the bike while nursing a broken elbow.
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