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Old 07-27-08, 02:12 AM   #1
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frame suggestions to couple with nitto promenades

i've been entertaining the idea of building up a bike for my friends to use when they are in town.
i really want to use some sort of upright bars on it, probably nitto promenades or similar.

i plan on running a flip/flop hub with both brakes.
in order to allow my friends their choice of riding styles.

however, i still want to base it off of a frame with track dropouts.

someone recently told me that some frames would be much more "twitchy" than other if you rode 'em with upright bars.
any suggestions on frames (with track dropouts) that would be the least "twitchy" with promenades?
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Old 07-27-08, 05:23 AM   #2
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When you say "track dropouts" do you also mean track geometry or are you just meaning any frame with suitable dropouts for ss/fg?

I've got two conversions I've built with North Road bars. Neither of them are 'twitchy'.

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Any frame suitable for ss/fg will ride just fine with upright bars. Older bikes that originally came with upright bars have "slack" geometry, meaning the seat tube and headtube angles are less than a typical road racing-type bike. Like this Raleigh Ltd-3



Check out Velo-Orange. They have a nice selection of bars.
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Old 07-27-08, 11:03 AM   #3
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i'm looking for this:



since that will probably limit me to bikes with track-like geometry, i'm looking for which one will respond best to upright bars.

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those are called track ends, and yep, are mostly found on track bikes
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edited. thanks.
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get an iro or steamroller
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