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Old 05-17-11, 08:40 AM   #276
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Hey guys, I'm starting to get back into riding fixed gear after being away from just bikes in general for 9 or so years.. I have a stock Kilo TT I picked up from BikesDirect and just need some opinions for just a stable bike. Would changing the lock ring and cog be a good idea to start?
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Old 05-17-11, 08:48 AM   #277
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Yes. Having them properly installed is very important too.
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Hey guys, I'm starting to get back into riding fixed gear after being away from just bikes in general for 9 or so years.. I have a stock Kilo TT I picked up from BikesDirect and just need some opinions for just a stable bike. Would changing the lock ring and cog be a good idea to start?
Yes, and +1 to what Scrod said, mine wasn't tightened enough out of the box and let's just say interesting things happened the first time I tried to skid.
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Old 05-18-11, 01:02 AM   #279
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I recently just picked up the profile design aqua rack. I read that it fits 27.2-31.6mm seatposts. Since the Kilo is 26.8mm, I was wondering is anyone had experienced any problems when using these?
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Old 05-18-11, 01:17 AM   #280
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Never used it but I'd assume it's too big to fit on the seat post securely?
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I've just mounted it onto the post, tightened it down and it seems pretty secure right now. If anything I was thinking about buying a 25.4-26.0 handlebar shim and just using that in addition to the shim that allows -31.6mm post use, but that might be more detrimental than just not using a second shim at all.

EDIT: I decided to use some spare rubber shims that are used when mounting bike lights. I'll update later on and see what happens.

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Old 05-18-11, 03:08 PM   #282
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I'm running no spacers on my aquarack and I've had it on there for 2 weeks and pulled bottles in and out of it and have had no issues with it slipping at all.
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I'm running no spacers on my aquarack and I've had it on there for 2 weeks and pulled bottles in and out of it and have had no issues with it slipping at all.
There are 2 different models of the aquarack. One for 26.8-27.2 and one 27.2-31.6. I have the larger mounting size and it comes with a thick shim to fit 27.2mm bars, do you have that size as well?

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Old 05-18-11, 06:45 PM   #284
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snapped a quick picture out on my ride today...

EDIT: Wow that picture quality was terrible. I tried to make it a little better:
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There are 2 different models of the aquarack. One for 26.8-27.2 and one 27.2-31.6. I have the larger mounting size and it comes with a thick shim to fit 27.2mm bars, do you have that size as well?
Yes, as far as I can tell it's the 27.2-31.6 clamp. It has a hard metal shim.
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Old 05-18-11, 10:33 PM   #286
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Alright cool, thanks.
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Couldn't resist putting the stock drops back on my bike and going for a short ride with my gf. Few questions.

1) I remember watching some video TT posted about bike fit, saying something about how to determine stem length, you should be able to see that your front hub and handle bar aligns.. From there you can determine if you need it shorter or longer. Well, when I was riding the tops of the stock kilo tt bars, it aligned perfectly, though I got into the drops and it was way far forward, and I felt a little cramped. Maybe I should get a longer stem? I felt somewhat comfortable on a 100mm with bullhorns. But a little stretched when riding the horns.

2) I believe my chain tension is pretty legit, it has the right amount of slack, but I noticed that my drivetrain is pretty noisy. I ONLY hear a loud clicking noise when I am having any sort of resistance to the cranks/back pedaling, but not when I am pedaling forward.

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about: you know when you have slack on a chain, you can move your pedals back and forth a bit before the chain engages fully.. It only makes noise when I'm in the "back" position. Hence when I have any sort of resistance on the cranks while pedaling.

What do you guys think?
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Old 05-20-11, 06:27 AM   #288
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are there any kilo frames that don't come drilled for a rear brake?
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Old 05-20-11, 06:29 AM   #289
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I believe my chain tension is pretty legit, it has the right amount of slack, but I noticed that my drivetrain is pretty noisy. I ONLY hear a loud clicking noise when I am having any sort of resistance to the cranks/back pedaling, but not when I am pedaling forward.

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about: you know when you have slack on a chain, you can move your pedals back and forth a bit before the chain engages fully.. It only makes noise when I'm in the "back" position. Hence when I have any sort of resistance on the cranks while pedaling.

What do you guys think?
New drive train parts are often a little noisy. Let them break in a bit.

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are there any kilo frames that don't come drilled for a rear brake?
No.
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Old 05-20-11, 09:37 AM   #290
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Yeah, that's probably it!
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Old 05-22-11, 06:39 PM   #291
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Can someone tell me if you have this same dent as me? It's about an inch inside the driveside dropout on the inside of the frame.



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Yes, I have the same thing on my white kilo, couldn't even tell until i looked at it hard though.
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Old 05-22-11, 06:48 PM   #293
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Alright, that makes me feel a lot better. I dropped the chain and had it wrap around my cog and snap my chain in half, and bed my cranks and just wanted to make sure that it didn't also twist my frame up. Thanks.
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was this the victim of a front-end collision?

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/2394648178.html

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Old 05-22-11, 08:54 PM   #295
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Is that a serious question?
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Old 05-22-11, 09:57 PM   #296
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Dat quill stem!
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I'm thinking of getting a Kilo... Are the decals removable or are they under the clear coat? They are the only thing that are holding me from buying...
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I'm thinking of getting a Kilo... Are the decals removable or are they under the clear coat? They are the only thing that are holding me from buying...
Yes, they are under a clear coat. But BD sells the "Stripper" version that comes with no decals at all.
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was this the victim of a front-end collision?

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/2394648178.html

Most likely not. It's been pretty well-discussed that BD send out a lot of Kilos with bad forks.
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It doesn't look like the tire can clear the down tube.
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