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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-26-08, 01:38 AM   #1
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Hurray, ho, I got my IRO!

Here's my 62cm Angus with 165mm cranks, 17t cog, and stock everything. It's almost completely put together; it just needs the chain and pedals put on, and rear rim and crank tightened. They forgot to send me the crank bolts and pedals, but I'm not even sure if pedals were included with the purchase. I assume so, since it was sold as a "complete".
First impressions: Light, very purrrty. Rims and hubs look high quality...but I'm a newb, so anything would probably look good to me. Rims came in a Velocity box.
Forgive the half as$ bar wrap, it's my first time....and the seat, too.
I'll post better pics tomorrow when it's all put together.

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Old 03-26-08, 01:45 AM   #2
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Looks great! Tip on the bar tape...pull it fairly taut while wrapping from the bottom of the bar to the top, wrap the left hand side clockwise and the right hand side counter clockwise. Overlap the tape about 1/3 of its width. Keep it tight. Oh yeah...tires need air too.
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Old 03-26-08, 01:51 AM   #3
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I'll look out for you. I've only ever seen one IRO on the streets of Honolulu. It was a red Mark V.

Maybe get a brake.
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Yah, I'll be adding a 105 brake tomorrow (The Bike Shop is out of cheapo brakes).
The seat looks kinda thin so...

You'll see me going from Manoa to downtown at 7am...and back around 5-6pm.
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Old 03-26-08, 02:27 AM   #5
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I head down Beretania at about 7:45AM and come back on King at 4:30-5:00, so a sighting could happen.
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a whole bunch of IROs here in hawaii. also one group buy

sunday is our event come out!! 6pm @ old compusa parking lot.
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newbs need brakes
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he just said he was getting a 105 brake in the morning.
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Old 03-26-08, 08:17 AM   #9
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newbs need crank bolts more.
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Is it the picture angle or is that saddle set up by a proctologist?
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Old 03-26-08, 09:43 AM   #11
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^^ first good laugh of the day, right there
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Aww, your guy's talk about Hawaii makes me miss it intensely.
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Old 03-26-08, 10:51 AM   #13
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aw man, that iro looks so clean, i can't wait to get mine, just have to wait for my tax returns
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There's this stupid kid that rides his white IRO past our local pool everyday...
Hipppppssssstttteeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. With the hat and messenger bag/rolled up jeans and all.
But yeah, riding in Hawaii sounds nice, wish I did when I lived there.
Manoa's concrete kinda sucks though in certain areas...
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You forgot the pedals



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Nice bike.

I don't know about IRO, but a lot of complete bikes don't actually include pedals because different people like different setups. That doesn't really explain the chainring bolt issue though.
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On a constructive note: the tires that come with IROs kinda suck. Have fun and ride safe and maybe even learn how to skid on them. When the start to flat, and they will, replace them.
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the iro completes dont include pedals, but you can get some from them. and the like boogerbike said the tires are not great. i got a flat the first day on mine with the stock tires, then threw on a vittoria randonneur in back and a michelin pro race 2 (which i found at the dump!!) up front and havent had a flat in five months. everything else on that bike is good quality tho.
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I too just received my IRO in the mail. It's a red MArk V pics tomorrow hopefully after my brakes and pedals have been put on.
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There's this stupid kid that rides his white IRO past our local pool everyday...
Hipppppssssstttteeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. With the hat and messenger bag/rolled up jeans and all.
But yeah, riding in Hawaii sounds nice, wish I did when I lived there.
Manoa's concrete kinda sucks though in certain areas...
white IRO! i didnt know they came in white. i never been to IROs site other than for the GB.

manoa is great fun riding. especially on ugh... east manoa road (i think?) where its goes all the way back straight to the chinese graveyard. rolling back into town from there late at night spinning your arse off in the cool manoa valley air... AHHHHHHHHH so good.
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dont forget to go to McCully bike shop's garage and have them help you tighten the lockring. if anything on sunday we can help you get nice and fit on it while watching the events
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I've got MKS Touring pedals and Powergrips on my bike now, and it's a great set-up. The Touring pedals are pretty wide, but you've got 165 cranks so pedal strike shouldn't be much of a concern. It's a nice alternative to clips or clipless.
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dont forget to go to McCully bike shop's garage and have them help you tighten the lockring. if anything on sunday we can help you get nice and fit on it while watching the events
That was me a couple of weeks ago. McCully didn't charge me for it. Nice people.

E. Manoa Rd. freaks me out a bit. I've never ridden it at night, but during the day it's pretty busy and there is NO breathing room on that road.

This has got me thinking about Boston's and Island Manapua and other ono food in Manoa.
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and the like boogerbike said the tires are not great. i got a flat the first day on mine with the stock tires, then threw on a vittoria randonneur in back and a michelin pro race 2 (which i found at the dump!!) up front and havent had a flat in five months. everything else on that bike is good quality tho.
I got my first flat after maybe the third time i'd ridden it, happened to come at the best posible time when I was on the far side of campus and needed to be somewhere in a short period of time. I have since replaced
the rear tire(i had a blow out) and haven't had a flat with it since bu i've gotten flats on my front which i'll replace once I'm not broke.

I bought those cheapo pedals from the IRO website that came with the plastic clips and ****ty nylon straps. I used them for about a month(i had better things to spend my money on) until they started started to hurt my feet when I would pedal hard or go on loner rides. I threw some GR-9s on there over the weekend and it's made the ride a lot better.
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yeah, forget that road during the day, right before midpac i'll turn left and go up the side streetsd ruing rush hour. 11pm-ish no one is around, its really nice.


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comin out sunday supercub?
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