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Old 10-06-11, 08:16 AM   #1251
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single ring is a smart compromise too!
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I love everything about this except the bars. I'd go for something with less drop.
I agree but the drop is less severe that the photo shows. I'm thinking this bike may get risers or something like cinelli priest bars. This is more of what I'm aiming for.
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Old 10-06-11, 09:05 AM   #1253
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The workhorse. Front racks are rad.

I like this front rack, which make and model is it? Thanks.
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It's the Soma rack.
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ive been eyeing old man mountain racks.
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Old 10-06-11, 11:26 AM   #1256
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single ring is a smart compromise too!
like a 1x8? i have one and enjoy it immensely. not for cyclocross but yah....
im less familiar with building geared bikes but so far front derailleurs seem to be a real b!tch sometimes despite dealing with less gears than the rear.
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eight speed is definitely the boss for reliability.

i admit i had a dip in enthusiasm for after a pair of chain drops despite having a chain keeper. i realized that the serrated washer i didnt use was pretty important. now i am again drop free. long live double rings.
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cc, its quite obvious that youll end up with a geared crosser again one day. all you need i something similar to this.

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it is.
Minus the Shimano crankset.
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Old 10-06-11, 02:44 PM   #1260
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Spoke card is from an alleycat I won, no posing here! And before I get the 'that's lame that you raced a geared bike' comments, the fastest delivery / messenger people around here are on geared bikes since we have to go to the hospitals a lot, which are all up rather steep hills from downtown.

I don't usually use the bianchi for work though, that's what this is for:



Also just put this together because 'winter is coming' and I need something unstoppable:

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Minus the Shimano crankset.
wrong again my friend. it's sram apex. the campy of everything that's not campy.
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Old 10-06-11, 03:21 PM   #1262
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Also just put this together because 'winter is coming' and I need something unstoppable:

Hot bike.
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Old 10-06-11, 04:16 PM   #1263
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Hot bike.
You could say that again!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks guys!
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cc, its quite obvious that]
i just need to not cross chain and set my bike down a little more gently. but that will be when i'm old and have tons of money and zero knees.
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Old 10-06-11, 08:47 PM   #1266
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seen that rockhopper before.. want it more each time i see it
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Old 10-06-11, 08:48 PM   #1267
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^that pedalroom site is pretty cool...unfortunately i dont have enough cool bikes to join in LOL
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i reckon a large majority of folks have some kind of chain keeper even if they are diligent with preventative action.
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I've raced cross for 4 years and never dropped a chain. I would focus on putting the bike down before remount. I usually see guys dropping their chains after the barriers.
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wrong again my friend. it's sram apex. the campy of everything that's not campy.
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Minus the Shimano crankset.
Are you guys referring to the Indie Fab?

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Thought it was an Independent Fabrications bike at first.
something like this:

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I've raced cross for 4 years and never dropped a chain. I would focus on putting the bike down before remount. I usually see guys dropping their chains after the barriers.
on my 1x7 i get chain drops mostly when i hit a bump or try to take a jump a little too hard. i'm learning to keep tension on the chain (ie keep pedaling) when hitting obstacles.. it seems to keep the chain on more. going offroad with any serious terrain would be a disaster though
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Since we're talking about this, I'll ask a question that's been on my mind about 1x drivetrains. Do you have to do a lot of tweaking to get chain line right? Also, are bashguards required to prevent chain drop?
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I've done it on several bikes and I've found that if you are staying on the road, you probably can get away with out a guard. But my favorite setup is a outer guard and a dog fang on the inside.
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these do a pretty good job for inside drops
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Are you guys referring to the Indie Fab?
yes, homebrew thought my bike was an Ifab at first then there was a discrepancy about if the indy would be better with campy and I joked that mine was an indy and had campy but it doesn't so homebrew said except for the shimano crank but my bike has sram so I said sram is the campy of all that is not campy. one sentence can be long.
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