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    Covering downtube shifter bosses?

    I could have swore there was a post earlier about how to make those bare downtube shifter bosses more asthetically pleasing on a ss/fixie conversion but I can't find it. Has anyone done something to cover theirs or does anyone remember the post?

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    cut them off

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    I still have mine on and was thinking of covering mine as well but the grinder in the basement keeps calling my name, wanting to grind them off.
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    Do like I did, have a few drinks and go at them with a pair of pliers only to realize that the damn things don't screw in after you've seriously mangled one side.

    Wait, no. Don't do that. That'd be stupid.

    I need to get a new Dremel.

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    put on some cable adjusters on them.

    tell everyone that your cables and derailleurs are made of this new titanium alloy which is invisible don't you know?

    [i was thinking about this earlier. i have even less of a clue because i want mine off after i convert but it's a carbon frame. and i can imagine bad things happening if a dremel got involved]

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    cover them with thigh flesh...the old fashioned way.
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    that's what i'm afraid of happening.

    i quite like my shapely, un-molested [relatively] thighs.

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    Somebody posted about attatching bells to the downtube ones. I don't know about the seat tube ones.

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    I had a bell on it for a while but never used it.....so I took it off. I would't cut them off. They should be brazed on, so take a torch to them.
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    Keep them on..they won't hurt and will add value to the frame. Dont cut them off just to please some phobic messengers...
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    How about a great wad of duct tape then.

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    Actually if you skid, they will hurt. When you go to put the eggs on the shelf, you'll find the inside of your things getting an intimate tour of the top of those shifter bosses.

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    [i was thinking about this earlier. i have even less of a clue because i want mine off after i convert but it's a carbon frame. and i can imagine bad things happening if a dremel got involved]

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    My Trek 2300, carbon down tube, lost one of it's shifter bosses in a slight collision with a taxi,(along with forks, front wheel, bars, stem) and surprise, they were screwed on. Well, to be more accurate, a long bolt through the downtube and into the base of the other. I took off the one left on by removing the bolt, and heating a pair of visegrips clamped to the remaining boss with a propane torch.(very carefully) The epoxy let go, the boss hit the floor with the visegrips(should plan ahead on that one) and I installed a new pair of Trek replacement bosses. Of course, you could leave them off...........
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    Accessorize accessorize accessorize.

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    Someone mentioned about installing cable adjusters...that's what I'll probably do to the SS I'm building. I have a Bianchi that was downtube shift and that I recently converted to Campy 9spd Ergo shifters. The downtube shifters were removed and Campy cable adjusters installed in their place. The cable adjusters are a black plastic cover with screw that attached to the boss and has a hole for the adjuster. You could just leave the adjuster and spring off and at least the covers would look nicer than the bosses (and less likely to remove skin if it came in contact...). Shimano has an equivalent that is silver. See at link below:
    http://www.loosescrews.com/index.cgi...d=207734930028

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    Circle saw. I just did that on a Colnago roadie conversion
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    I guess it's natural that way

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    Bikkhu. Circular saw? With what kind of blade? Sounds drastic if you slip.

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    Cable adjusters would still dig in inless you devised some improved padding method. Like today i noticed one of the rubber door stoppers in my flat had come loose, i picked up and thought...hey maybe that could be used?


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    Quote Originally Posted by icithecat
    Bikkhu. Circular saw? With what kind of blade? Sounds drastic if you slip.
    umm, not sure of the correct english term... grinder? One of those fast spinning 10" circular blades. I first took metal cutting blade for the rough work, then gentler sander blade. Very nice finish
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    I guess it's natural that way

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    Use a torch to take them off or just leave the freekin things on. I have never once ever come even close to hitting them with my knees?

    Do you use brakes? Here is an idea. Some how hook up a set of DT shifters, gold Campagnolo maybe, as your brake levers. That would be cool no?

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    it'b be a good place to stash an emergency brake...no handlebar clutter

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    That would be great for decending hills too. Kinda like the tandem drum brake idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harlot
    Accessorize accessorize accessorize.

    I couldn't agree more. Spider-Man arms adorned the downtube bosses on my old FG frame... alas, new frame hath no bosses, therefore Spidey shan't be blessing my bike. Ripped 'em off a doll (found it, I swear) and bolted 'em on with regular ol' M5's. They could be swept out for increased liftoff potential, or retracted for increased speed and aerodynamics... kinda like an F-14 Tomcat (think Top ***). I'll post a pic when I find it...

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    We've been putting novelty valve caps on 'em - dice, skulls&bones, iron crosses, etc... Just drill the valve caps to a little larger size and glue 'em on.

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