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Old 01-14-11, 06:07 PM   #1
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Ideas for All-City Big Block build

A funny thing happened on the way to a bike shop. Went in to buy some bar tape, tubes, and a set of tires.

Ended up buying an All-City Big Block frame that they had taken the parts off of. The frame is brand new and is the red/white version which is only available in the complete build. Anyways, the price was right and I talked them down some more.

Now I have a frame, headset (black Ritchey) and a seatpost (black) from which to build a ss/fg.

Looking for suggestions and input. I like the gearing of my Madison which is 48/18, but am considering going to 46/17 or maybe 46/16.

Bars are either going to be risers with a little sweep, maybe 30 degree rise, 10 degree sweep. Or I also might go with Tiki bars. They had a Tiki bar there in silver and it looked very nice. I would use it with Tektro brake levers. I haven't checked, but I suppose it is available in black also. Seems like black is a good complement to the red/white frame. They said most of the components on it were black.

Need suggestions on cranks. I can't afford what I want in cranks right now, so how about feedback on $50 to $75 cranks?

Any other input would be welcomed.
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i personally would go all silver components, like cranks, seatpost, stem, risers, wheels, clips....then if doing risers, black ourys, black turbo, and black doublestraps.

red/white frame, mostly all silver components (wheels, seatpost, risers, stem, cranks), and some black (headset, grips, straps, tires, saddle).

oh and for tires, white wall fyxations. brings in some of the white.
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If you want the cheapest 144bcd cranks around, then try these >>> http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=3981
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thebikesmiths.com has SRAM S300s in 170mm with the BB for $88 shipped, I think.

Eighth Inch also makes a cheap crankset that you can look at.

Finally, you can think about going with older Shimano 105 or 600 cranksets. I saw a NOS 105 set sell for around $35 shipped on eBay a couple weeks ago. These have pretty good rep on the board for being used as fixed gear cranksets.
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congrats on your frame! I really like that bike. I was very recently really close to getting a big block complete until my dream steamroller showed up on craigslist for cheap.

I actually don't normally go for black components, but I think they look great on that frame for some reason. I'd go with it since you already have the black ritchey and the seatpost.
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seriously why does everyone suggest or have ourys. pretty sure there's hundreds of bmx/mountain grips to choose from

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I think Ourys are comfortable and reasonably priced.
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i personally would go all silver components, like cranks, seatpost, stem, risers, wheels, clips....then if doing risers, black ourys, black turbo, and black doublestraps.

red/white frame, mostly all silver components (wheels, seatpost, risers, stem, cranks), and some black (headset, grips, straps, tires, saddle).

oh and for tires, white wall fyxations. brings in some of the white.
Great ideas. I already have track pedals with double straps, would have to get some of the other stuff. Thanks!
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If you want the cheapest 144bcd cranks around, then try these >>> http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=3981
Thanks TT, I had seen those in the past, but forgotten about them. They could play off of the black and the silver. Cool.
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seriously why does everyone suggest or have ourys. pretty sure there's hundreds of bmx/mountain grips to choose from
They seem to have attracted a following. I have seen them and they feel nice and soft, so I'm sure the comfort is there. I have a Giant mountainbike with some of the most comfortable grips on it. They are Giant branded, don't know who made them, but the feel is nice. Makes me want to ride barehanded.
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Any thoughts on gearing? I can go check a gear calculator, but unless I'm facing monster hills, I think 46/17 or 46/16 would be doable. Thoughts?
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By the way, I bought the frame based upon what it looked like inside the shop. When I took it out into the sunlight (yes we have had some sunlight!) it blew me away with the sparkle. Very nice paintjob.
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46/17 is nice.
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I think Ourys are comfortable and reasonably priced.
I've tried Ourys and found them to be uncomfortable. I changed to Fyxations, which are a few bucks more, but I liked them a lot more.
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Well we're just polar opposites on bike components, aren't we?
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seriously why does everyone suggest or have ourys. pretty sure there's hundreds of bmx/mountain grips to choose from
Because they're awesome.
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Because it takes like 2 seconds of thinking to read it.
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Any thoughts on gearing? I can go check a gear calculator, but unless I'm facing monster hills, I think 46/17 or 46/16 would be doable. Thoughts?
i have 47/16, i enjoy it, i dont have any hills though
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there is my build, with drops and tape now instead of risers
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Thanks Calbob. I like what you did with it.
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Wow...this looks both comfortable and practical:

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^ It's winter so I'm usually wearing gloves which makes the untaped part work fine, it was just exceptionally warm that day.
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seriously why does everyone suggest or have ourys. pretty sure there's hundreds of bmx/mountain grips to choose from
comfortable, cheap, look good. many mountain grips look weird on SS/FGs (IMO)
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How about adding this? Mopar Big Block 440.




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get a tt-ed sbc.
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