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Old 07-23-08, 02:24 PM   #1
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What'd I do wrong on this conversion?

I'm sure the list won't be short, as I was a first timer. Let me have it.

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Old 07-23-08, 02:25 PM   #2
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Maybe its the camera angle, but the fork looks crooked.
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Old 07-23-08, 02:26 PM   #3
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You converted it.
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Old 07-23-08, 02:29 PM   #4
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Seatpost sponsored by Viagra?
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Old 07-23-08, 02:34 PM   #5
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You only put up 3.5" baseboard.... I would have gone 5.75 at least.

On the bike, unless its freewheel, toeclips and straps (or some sort of foot retention) would be best even though youre running a front brake. Where's the fun in fixed if your feet are flying off the pedals. And grips/bar wrap feels so much better but to each their own LOL. Oh and you didnt line up the tire labels with or opposed to the valve stems. I like the bike a lot. Good Job. :high five:
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Old 07-23-08, 02:36 PM   #7
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Can't see a pic/link....
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I like it....
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Old 07-23-08, 02:57 PM   #9
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as stated, you should get some foot retention, and if you need the seat post that high, maybe a larger frame?
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Old 07-23-08, 02:59 PM   #10
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you posted it in the wrong thread

Show me some classy bikes
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- no clips
- no bartape
- no bar plugs
- ridiculous saddle height (i.e. frame too small)
- ridiculous saddle angle
- tire labels not lined up with valve stems
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Old 07-23-08, 03:18 PM   #12
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as stated, you should get some foot retention, and if you need the seat post that high, maybe a larger frame?
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Old 07-23-08, 05:16 PM   #13
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You used a wrong sized bike.
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Old 07-23-08, 05:20 PM   #14
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yeah i was gonna say you didnt get a bike that fit
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Old 07-23-08, 05:29 PM   #15
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You followed the sheep and added a Brooks saddle
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Old 07-24-08, 07:52 AM   #16
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I put the saddle down a couple inches. I know that doesn't cure the problem that the frame is too small, but maybe it won't look too silly.

I'm looking to pick up bar tape and toe clips shortly.

How should I change the seat angle? More parallel to the ground?

If I take care of those things will I have a reasonable ride?
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The Brooks saddle is great although it is pitched forward... it should be fairly close to level for comfort's sake.

The valve stem can go anywhere it wants in relation to the tyre... I place them where the psi markings go so when you go to fill that tyre it's easy to know what the tyre is rated at.

If it's fixed, it should have some retention although I know quite a few folks that do just fine without it.

I suspect the frame is too small for you... that is a lot of seat post.
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The valve stem can go anywhere it wants in relation to the tyre... I place them where the psi markings go so when you go to fill that tyre it's easy to know what the tyre is rated at.
Great idea. I've always positioned the valve by tire label just because it's easy to find. It's not question of OCD, it can help you locate the posion of debris lodged in the tire after a flat.
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I put the saddle down a couple inches. I know that doesn't cure the problem that the frame is too small, but maybe it won't look too silly.

I'm looking to pick up bar tape and toe clips shortly.

How should I change the seat angle? More parallel to the ground?

If I take care of those things will I have a reasonable ride?
It looks like you are trying to match the seat angle to the stem angle.

If you tried other angles, and setteled on that seat angle because it's comfortable when you ride (some girls find it easy on the vajayjay), then fine, it is what it is... but if not, and you are just going for a look, it's stupid... real stupid.

Try parallell or a little nose up.
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dont worry about having the seat up so high its better to have the proper leg extension then to have the bike look cool. Definately upgrade to a larger frame in the future though.
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Great idea. I've always positioned the valve by tire label just because it's easy to find. It's not question of OCD, it can help you locate the posion of debris lodged in the tire after a flat.
Placing the stem at the label is a good idea as it does give you a good point of reference for finding puncture causing debris... putting the stem at the psi marking does the same thing and has that added benefit of letting people know how much air their tyres need.

I do this on all the bike I build at the shop... my own bikes usually have the valves at the label since I know what their respective pressure ratings are.
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I put the saddle down a couple inches. I know that doesn't cure the problem that the frame is too small, but maybe it won't look too silly.
please tell me this is a joke.
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please tell me this is a joke.
I really don't know what the eff I'm doing, and I don't pretend otherwise.

If I can serve as the pathetic object that makes you feel better about yourself, at least I've contributed something. Glad to help.
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I really don't know what the eff I'm doing, and I don't pretend otherwise.

If I can serve as the pathetic object that makes you feel better about yourself, at least I've contributed something. Glad to help.
if the bike fits like that don't lower the saddle so it looks better, start looking for a frame that fits.

Get plugs for the ends of the bars before you ride it.

The saddle is probably set like that because of the saddle to bar drop being absurd and it being a brooks it is in such a setup. It should be level otherwise you are going to be supporting too much weight on your hands. It's probably going to hurt like hell level though since the bike doesn't fit. Did the frame come with a saddle? Maybe you can just use that.
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