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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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    Whoa that's pretty cool looking
    Ride safe - Ride fast

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by The LT View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bikesdirect_com View Post
    Yes

    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.
    Last edited by jhaber; 06-01-09 at 06:57 PM.

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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?

    JesseDuncan:I just love how "cars will be forced to cross the double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads".

    I don't want to have a head on but oh god, I HAVE to fling myself into oncoming traffic to pass, theres no alternative!!!

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    Would an old school adjustable stem be possible?

    Something like:

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctrine View Post
    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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