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Old 06-05-11, 11:32 PM   #1
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ideas for second bike

starting to think about building a second bike with a little lower gear ratio. the main situations i want this for:
- rain
- light off-road
- tricks

so far i've been looking at the Eighth Inch Butcher frame - it can fit larger tires for off-road use, and has a nice high bottom bracket so i can run longer cranks (i'm about 6'2").

one thing i was curious about... i'm definitely going to run a front brake, but i'd like to try some barspins (or just never have my front brake bump into my frame), so i was wondering what the best way to do that is. this dood seems to have figured it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAyyaVnoMdc. would these work - http://www.danscomp.com/309015.php ?? what fork/brake would you recommend?

also, are larger tires better for rain?

thanks!!!

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Old 06-06-11, 05:59 AM   #2
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yes, if you want a front brake AND do bar spins, you need to route the cable through the headtube (like in the video). it's how BMX'ers do it.

do you plan on running fenders? if not, how exactly is this a bike for the rain (other than maybe "is allowed to get dirty")
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yes, if you want a front brake AND do bar spins, you need to route the cable through the headtube (like in the video). it's how BMX'ers do it.
ok, i'll look for how-to's on BMX brake routing and bug you guys again if i can't figure it out.

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do you plan on running fenders? if not, how exactly is this a bike for the rain (other than maybe "is allowed to get dirty")
this is why i asked if bigger tires are better for rain i was thinking about running at least a rear fender, not sure if a front fender would interfere with tricks and stuff. any other suggestions on how to make a bike better for nasty weather??
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sorry to bump. it looks like the All City Dropout fork is compatible with a variety of brakes, but i'm a bit confused by this post: http://allcitycycles.com/blog/u-brak..._your_dropout/

would this fork work for the through-stem routing i'm trying to do? big thanks if anyone can steer me in the right direction here, my google-fu is failing me.
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