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Old 06-01-09, 04:38 PM   #1
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Kilo OS - comments, ideas, and assorted stuff

I got the idea to do a kinda of combo retro/modern track/grass racer fun fixed/ss bike from the forums and just wanted something kinda of fun to play with

here is work in progress



I have some White Tires I am going to mount on it

It has tons of tire room with 38c mounted now

I am think it will lokk better without decals

Also thinking
Silver bar/stem/post and maybe crank
White Cloth Tape if with white tires
Maybe Brown cloth to match Saddle
Maybe wider lower bars
maybe dropping all braze-ons [just to be more old school]

I love the red rims, but some in office say use polished

I have R556 brakes that fit on it perfect; but maybe it should come fixed only

I am sure this will not become a big seller and I am not even sure why I am doing it; other than to just have a bit of fun

I would love any comments or ideas or suggestions

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Old 06-01-09, 04:54 PM   #2
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Whoa that's pretty cool looking
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Old 06-01-09, 04:54 PM   #3
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I dig the double topube. I also like the black bars- I think, instead of tape, they need long grips in white or red. You're already planning on whitewall tires- I like the red rims, but wait until you put the whitewalls on to make a judgment.
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Needs new stem, black or silver wheels, seat without springs, and bartape
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will this work with the r556 in both the front and back and what would the tire clearance be with and without fenders?
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will this work with the r556 in both the front and back and what would the tire clearance be with and without fenders?

Yes

works with R56 on both front and rear
with tons of space left for fenders or even wider tires
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Old 06-01-09, 06:52 PM   #7
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works with R56 on both front and rear
with tons of space left for fenders or even wider tires
Nice looks awesome
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Silver/polished rims & white tires with silver components, no brazeons, and no decals. Right now it looks like a funky kilo with a double tube rather than an old school bike. The big also looks funky because of the space of the post and stem showing. Old school bikes fit different with much less of either showing. It would look better imho if it was corrected to fit with less of either showing.

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I like it.

Can the bars be flipped for sort of a "north road" feel or are they just "dirt drops" or whatever the term for the offspring of a drop bar and a mustache bar is.

[below are some pictures to clarify for anyone who might use different names for the bars I'm referring to]

Northroad Bars:


Dirt Drops:
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friggin' sweet.
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Really needs the arched undertube.
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that color scheme is unbelievably ugly for that style bike.

black stem + bars also suck with that silver headset.

And that brown seat has got to go.

Maybe use a more classicly styled Mercier logo.
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Something about the proportions looks wrong, but I'm not sure what. Maybe the handlebars?
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Would an old school adjustable stem be possible?

Something like:
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Really needs the arched undertube.
This.
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I am impressed! Thats pretty amazing marketing. Merging the two trendiest bikes going... A fixed Dutch city bike! Wow. Lookout. Gonna sell a few of those! He he.
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I'd say that yeah, you need some matching brown bar-tape on the bike. Also, I think that if you can get a Brooks-like saddle on the cheap you can probably get a Brooks-like saddle-bag on the cheap too. People go nuts for that look, so throw that on there in a matching brown and it will be a winner.
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Cool idea although I don't care much for the colors. I think a Brooks honey saddle with matching bartape on a seafoam green frame with white rims and gumwall tires would be classy though. And chrome parts.
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Silver components + curved under tube
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that reminds me of my kilo.
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Now I have set this bike up with White Trim
and also photo shopped to have no decals

And there are many opinions on selection of parts, color of parts, and color of rims, and so on

SO maybe a frame only is the best option, maybe frameset with a nice leather seat
and then leave the setup to each buyer

Any comments on how frame might sell??



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A lot of people spend a lot of time going for the old school look, and you could take some pointers from them. Bikes are supposed to look good or functional well, and if you're lucky do both. This does neither.
The fact that bikedirect has the chance to make budget frames of comparable quality to nice ones implies that you guys should do something worthwhile with this power. A knockoff Long Haul Trucker or Cross Check would do wonders. Or maybe rather than a double top tube, just put lugs on your kilo frame and give it a better looking logo, on the downtube only. Silver components and a threadless headset. It's 2009, the only bikes that should have threaded headsets are rivendells.
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i would

i would buy that in a second....looking for first fixie wish it were available now....
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Tbh, I like the black tires more than the white baloons (whitewalls or a white pinstripe/reflective strip might still be ok). The white grips look better while the decals are still applied (they don't actually match the tires, and they don't connect to anything else).
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Holy ****ing ****, yes please
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