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JohnDThompson 04-27-14 03:34 PM

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Originally Posted by ginshun (Post 16705188)
Wisconsin, we had snow here till last week. This was built over the winter and Ive bareley even ridden it yet.

I still see snow on some north-facing slopes of ravines.

Sixty Fiver 04-27-14 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson (Post 16706954)
I still see snow on some north-facing slopes of ravines.

We got a little snow last night but the day warmed up beautifully... nice to be able to wear shorts.

ginshun 04-28-14 07:24 AM

Ya, this winter has been brutal.
The winter that I build a new bike would be the longest winter ever. It figures.

oouellette 04-28-14 08:58 AM

One here. Finishing touches coming soon.

http://i1356.photobucket.com/albums/...sf75788d3.jpeg

Sixty Fiver 04-28-14 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by oouellette (Post 16708846)
One here. Finishing touches coming soon.

Beautiful.

(needs matching straps... :))

oouellette 04-28-14 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 16708909)
Beautiful.

(needs matching straps... :))

Coming this week; honey toe straps, fizik honey bar tape, new seatpost, paul e-lever, and dia-compe g front brake.

Sixty Fiver 04-28-14 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by oouellette (Post 16708944)
Coming this week; honey toe straps, fizik honey bar tape, new seatpost, paul e-lever, and dia-compe g front brake.

That will do it up quite nicely.

Sixty Fiver 04-28-14 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet (Post 16699301)
Holy smokes! That's way more than I could push.

Picked up a 20 tooth cog... still looks badass but it is only 72 gear inches.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...te20%20(2).JPG

SquidPuppet 04-28-14 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by oouellette (Post 16708846)
One here. Finishing touches coming soon.

http://i1356.photobucket.com/albums/...sf75788d3.jpeg

Quite tastey. The tires, they really work, but they are not whitewalls, not gumwalls, greywalls? What am I looking at.

SquidPuppet 04-28-14 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 16708962)
Picked up a 20 tooth cog... still looks badass but it is only 72 gear inches.

Looks good. But I would still fail in even the slightest headwind. My legs are like a small displacement two-stroke engine, all RPM and no torque. :o

oouellette 04-28-14 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet (Post 16709016)
Quite tastey. The tires, they really work, but they are not whitewalls, not gumwalls, greywalls? What am I looking at.

Skinwalls

SonnyCooL 04-28-14 01:48 PM

sharing my fixie wanna be :)
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brabham79 04-28-14 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by az_andrew (Post 15109896)

dats preddy

Sixty Fiver 04-28-14 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet (Post 16709030)
Looks good. But I would still fail in even the slightest headwind. My legs are like a small displacement two-stroke engine, all RPM and no torque. :o

I run like a two stroke with a bad piston... :)

Even though I don't have 100% use of my left leg, I can lay down some pretty monstrous torque with my right (when I have to) and usually spin like a gerbil on crack instead of trying to mash those pedals with one good leg.

Huffandstuff 04-28-14 08:11 PM

Since works been slow I've had a lot of freetime so this happened. Still on borrowed wheels but I'll get some eventually. So weird going from track bike to this, I feel like I'm losing ,control when going over 25.

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/...428_183330.jpg

TejanoTrackie 04-29-14 06:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Huffandstuff (Post 16710748)
So weird going from track bike to this, I feel like I'm losing control when going over 25.

Too much rake, not enough trail.

Scrodzilla 04-29-14 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Sealth (Post 16704783)
Just finished her. All I need is a front brake, which, by the way, I'm having a bit of trouble with. I've been to a few lbs, and I've had trouble finding a brake whose brake shoes don't hit the fork. Offhand, could someone point me in the direction of a brake that works on a Leader i805TR fork?

Any standard-reach caliper will work, you'll just need to get a longer recessed nut for the back and use the two serrated washers that come with the caliper in between the fork and the brake (which is their intended purpose).

#rocketscience

TejanoTrackie 04-29-14 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla (Post 16711866)
Any standard-reach caliper will work, you'll just need to get a longer recessed nut for the back and use the two serrated washers that come with the caliper in between the fork and the brake (which is their intended purpose).

#rocketscience

Except that some front brake calipers have very short mounting bolts that don't extend far enough into the fork crown to reach the nut.

Scrodzilla 04-29-14 08:36 AM

Which is precisely why I told him he'll need a longer recessed nut for the back.

FWIW, Leader includes them with I805TR and I806TR forks for this very purpose.

TejanoTrackie 04-29-14 09:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla (Post 16711903)
Which is precisely why I told him he'll need a longer recessed nut for the back.

FWIW, Leader includes them with I805TR and I806TR forks for this very purpose.

I understand that, but if the mounting bolt doesn't even extend through the fork into the open area of the steerer, then the recessed nut won't be able to reach it no matter how long it is, because it will stop at the fork crown. The combination of a caliper with a short bolt and a lot of spacers can lead to this situation. This is why you can't just switch a rear caliper to the front.

Scrodzilla 04-29-14 09:11 AM

I've installed countless brakes on I805TR forks and that's not the case with that particular fork (which is the one we're talking about here).

I've also never seen a fork with a crown so thick where the mounting bolt on a common front brake isn't long enough to extend inside. Ever.

Sealth 04-29-14 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla (Post 16711866)
Any standard-reach caliper will work, you'll just need to get a longer recessed nut for the back and use the two serrated washers that come with the caliper in between the fork and the brake (which is their intended purpose).

#rocketscience

I understand that I need a longer recessed nut. That wasn't the problem I was coming up against (well, not completely). Instead, the brake shoes where hitting the sides of the fork, and hence not able to sit flush against the fork. From reading above posts I assume I need spacers? That's funny because I suggested that to a local bike shop, and they turned that idea down. Of all of the bike shops I went to there were only two brakes that worked without spacers, a campagnolo and a dura-ace, but both were used and missing barrel adjusters. The final parting word I got from that shop was I needed a "special" brake to accommodate the fork, something more modern built for larger forks.

This all is strange to me because it doesn't seem like the size of the fork would determine whether this was a problem or not. I don't trust my novice understanding on all this, but having gone to multiple shops and seen for myself how the brakes didn't fit I don't really know what to do next. I contacted Leader, but haven't gotten a reply (probably because it's a stupid question).

Could something be wrong with the brake shoes I have?

Also, a recessed nut was supposed to have come with the fork? I guess I missed it and threw it away.

Scrodzilla 04-29-14 12:39 PM

Installing brakes is pretty hard. (sarcasm)

All brake calipers come with a couple of serrated washers ("spacers", as you're calling them) to be installed between the caliper and your fork specifically to keep the caliper aligned and prevent your pads from making contact with your fork, like so:

http://images.modernbike.com/256/main_2126191473.jpg
Sounds like you may need to find a new bike shop too.

Sealth 04-29-14 06:31 PM

Thanks for the help. It does sound like I need a new bike shop.

Dannihilator 04-30-14 02:04 PM

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