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Old 03-23-11, 12:22 AM   #51
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the pain. THE PAIN.

are you sure it wasn't the threads on your cranks that were shredded? i shredded a set of cranks once and the material from the shredded cranks seemed to fill the thread on the puller, making it seem like the puller was shredded.
no, it was the puller, the thing was tore up from the floor up. fortunately i bought it at REI so i just returned it so win there, but still, having to drop money on another crankset does suck like a quarter *****
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Old 03-23-11, 12:43 AM   #52
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Haven't posted in ages, now that Winter is over here in the Midwest, I put some new parts (Surly Steamroller fork, road drops with hoods, a comfortable amount of headset spacers in order to reduce the saddle-to-bar drop, etc.) on the IRO to make it a heck of a lot more enjoyable to ride. Comfort and practicality were some of my major reasons for the upgrades and this bike has never been more fun to ride. Looking forward to throwing some fatter, knobbier tires on it this Spring/Summer and having some fun on it. More pictures of the Mark V in all of it's prior setups can be found here if anyone is interested.
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Your frame seems a bit too small for you...
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Your frame seems a bit too small for you...
i'm afraid i'll have to agree on the basis that you're using about 20 spacers...
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i'm afraid i'll have to agree on the basis that you're using about 20 spacers...
already using a pretty normal stem. bigger frame might be too long / force use of chode stem that'll have less than ideal positioning over the crankset.

and to keep this relevant, my 29er in commuter form

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i'm afraid i'll have to agree on the basis that you're using about 20 spacers...
Like Lupin III said, if I would have went up to the next size up (IRO calls it a "56") T.T. would have been too long for my liking. Now after owning and have ridden 4 or 5 bicycles, I have dialed in what I find to be my preferred T.T. length and that is anywhere from 54cm to 55cm, 55cm being just borderline too long, but doable.

IRO's super high bottom bracket on the Mark V and my choice of 165mm cranks is what results in my saddle height being quite high. I used to rock the stock fork with about 7mm of spacers, max, but then I realized I'd rather have a dorky amount of spacers and have the ability to set my stem at virtually any desired height. If you take a look at my build again, and instead see a threaded/quill stem instead of a threadless set-up, it doesn't seem all that far off from normal.
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Now after owning and have ridden 4 or 5 bicycles, I have dialed in what I find to be my preferred T.T. length and that is anywhere from 54cm to 55cm, 55cm being just borderline too long, but doable
I have to say, it does look mighty comfortable, and looks about right when your in the drops... But I think what would make it aesthetically look better is if you used larger spacers, rather than a lot of small ones.. Unless my eyes are deceiving me and that's already what you've done.
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IRO's have incredibly low top-tubes and very short head tubes for their sizes, so it can be hard to get the bars up. Fortunately their steerers weigh about 7,000lbs so you can run as many spacers as you like.
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36 x 16 sounds like pretty good gearing though there are a lot of factors. I used 39 x 17 in a couple of races and on a fast course was actually wishing for more gear
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I think you will be fine. I bounce between 39 17 -19 depending on conditions. I did two races on the Sycip in really muddy conditions this year and was fine. Actually did better on the SS than on the geared.

BTW, who is still running races this time of the year? I wish we had one coming up.
ok yea i like spinning anyway and i feel im strong enough to keep a good momentum if the mud is really bad.

its not your standard cx race with laps. 60kms town to town. heres a link to the website.

http://parisancaster.com/

wish me luck.
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That looks like a really fun race. Might want to go down to a 16t cog if there are flat sections but your call.
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I was thinking the same thing. That ride looks really fun.
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already using a pretty normal stem. bigger frame might be too long / force use of chode stem that'll have less than ideal positioning over the crankset.

and to keep this relevant, my 29er in commuter form
this thing looks like a blast. i love 29er commuters. well done sir
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why did you twist that disc cable around the top tube instead of using the guides?

Just noticed the front cable also. wow.

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Old 03-23-11, 11:53 AM   #66
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I have to say, it does look mighty comfortable, and looks about right when your in the drops... But I think what would make it aesthetically look better is if you used larger spacers, rather than a lot of small ones.. Unless my eyes are deceiving me and that's already what you've done.
That's exactly what I ended up doing ahaha. After a day or two, I too didn't like the aesthetics of that many 5mm spacers. Normally on my other bikes, I prefer the 5mm-sized spacers, but I found that when using this many it was a bit of an eye-sore so I had a little bit of inspiration from these guys and re-arranged them with sort of a pattern.

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That looks like a really fun race. Might want to go down to a 16t cog if there are flat sections but your call.
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I was thinking the same thing. That ride looks really fun.

im pretty stoked. i've heard its not very technical[thank gods] but a serious grinder[im already running a 16t cog, im assuming you got confused with cynikals gearing]. it looks like it will be loads of fun so im not going to take it too serious. my jersey pockets will probably be tallboy/20oz waterbottle/tallboy -- haha. im doing this with 3 other guys who have never raced before either. all of them are on ss 29ers and have offroad experience, unlike myself. i'll post here or in the cx forum after with some pics and thoughts on the race.

just realized this is the new new 'post your bike' thread and i've already effed it up with off-topic[kinda] chatter. apologies mods.
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this looks so odd. im thinking if the IRO geo forced you to do this you needed to explore other manufacturers.
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To be honest that looks like a 49 - 52cm frame....
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why did you twist that disc cable around the top tube instead of using the guides?

Just noticed the front cable also. wow.
hydraulic discs >>>>>>>>>>>>> mechanical

that was the stock hose length and shortening them seems like way more work than it's worth
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Old 03-23-11, 12:27 PM   #72
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Just entered the world of fixed gear biking with this recent craigslist acquisition

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this looks so odd. im thinking if the IRO geo forced you to do this you needed to explore other manufacturers.
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To be honest that looks like a 49 - 52cm frame....
Frame is what IRO calls a "53cm". The T.T. is 54cm and the seat-tube is a measly 49cm. My Surly Cross-Check is a 52cm (with an actual 52cm seat-tube) has a longer T.T. of 54.5cm and that thing fits me pretty much like a glove.



So basically if IRO made a "54cm" or a "55cm" in their Mark V, that would probably be a more appropriate size, but I'm guessing the "56cm" would be a tad on the large size for my liking. It was my first real adult bicycle and it's been an excellent learning experience and has turned me onto the cycling world, so I can't really complain much. One of these days I'm going to pull the trigger on a 53cm Steamroller frameset and then just switch everything over. From what I've seen from the geometry charts on Surly's website, it looks like it'd be a good fit.
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hydraulic discs >>>>>>>>>>>>> mechanical

that was the stock hose length and shortening them seems like way more work than it's worth
oh ok, couldn't tell they were hydros from the picture.
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Just entered the world of fixed gear biking with this recent craigslist acquisition

i like it, looks like it needs a 27" wheelset, they sell a set for about $130 on velomine.

what bar tape is that? or is it shellac'D
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