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Old 06-03-13, 10:50 AM   #1276
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and then I addicted to clipless :'(
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Old 06-03-13, 01:29 PM   #1277
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and then I addicted to clipless :'(
I think you accidentally a word.
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Old 06-03-13, 02:11 PM   #1278
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ESL. clipless is where its at though
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Old 06-03-13, 03:12 PM   #1279
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transformed from commuter to trail rider. removed the fenders and added knobby 38c tires, spd pedals, and an inline brake lever for the front.
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Old 06-03-13, 04:54 PM   #1280
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This is my new beater bike project.

This is how it was when I picked it up. Its just one of those generic Kent Genesis bikes they theme up and give away for promos, this one happened to be for UV Vodka.


Replaced the crank with a Shimano unit from the 90s (got it cheap!), just one arm from the old set weighs as much as the entire new one with chainring. I got new brake pads, new brake cable and lever. Chopped and flipped the bars until I can get a proper setup there.


I'ts a project in progress. I'm slowly gathering parts for this thing. I gotta say though, while the parts that came on it are less than stellar, the frame is BEEFY.
Plans for it include stripping off the goofy paint and giving it a nice paint job, getting a halfway decent wheelset for it, putting my miyata crmo track fork on it (once it comes in the mail from the other coast) and getting some decent riser bars, stem, seat post, and saddle for it. If I strip it and paint it, I may as well replace the BB and headset too, But I'm not so sure what to do about those. I'll also be picking up a set of pedals and straps, I dont want to have to deal with hauling a 2nd set of shoes to work with me everyday.

I currently ride this thing to and from work every day, and its a lot of fun. The tires are terrible though and feel like you're riding through mud, but that will be sorted out with a new wheelset when the time comes.
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Old 06-03-13, 05:23 PM   #1281
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The paint isn't all that bad, I'd move it to last on the list of stuff. Level out your bars and get rid of the nerd ring on the chainring. Get a nice saddle next. You are on the right track.
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Old 06-03-13, 05:32 PM   #1282
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the only thing i dont like about the paint is the words
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Old 06-03-13, 05:45 PM   #1283
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The paint isn't all that bad, I'd move it to last on the list of stuff. Level out your bars and get rid of the nerd ring on the chainring. Get a nice saddle next. You are on the right track.
Having the bars at that angle keeps my wrists straight, I have an old injury that gets aggravated otherwise. And the paint is an afternoon's work. Like I said, once I get some more parts that necessitate a major disassembly of the bike, I'll do the paint.

As for the nerd-ring... Yeah it looks even more weird without it. That particular crankset relies on it. And it keeps my pants out of the chain. (Remember, I ride this to work, not allowed to wear shorts where I work.)

Also I look like a bear riding this thing. The bike is pretty well sized for me, but I'm also still a pretty burly dude.
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I have an old injury that gets aggravated otherwise.
Comfort=everything.
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Old 06-03-13, 05:51 PM   #1285
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Can a quill stem have a "high stack"???
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Old 06-03-13, 06:05 PM   #1286
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Can a quill stem have a "high stack"???
No idea, but I'm trying to find a 1" quill stem with a 31.8mm bar clamp.
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Old 06-03-13, 07:15 PM   #1287
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No idea, but I'm trying to find a 1" quill stem with a 31.8mm bar clamp.
Best of luck on your journey. I hope you brought plenty of water and snacks.
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Old 06-03-13, 07:55 PM   #1288
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From one kind of ugly to another kind of ugly and I don't care.
LOVE it!!!!
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Old 06-04-13, 12:51 AM   #1289
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No idea, but I'm trying to find a 1" quill stem with a 31.8mm bar clamp.
There is apparently this ugly ass thing. As far as I know your only other options are a) custom, or b) adapter + threadless stem.
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Old 06-04-13, 01:21 AM   #1290
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There is apparently this ugly ass thing. As far as I know your only other options are a) custom, or b) adapter + threadless stem.
Origin8 had one that actually looks decent, but nobody has it in stock and they wont get any more until august.
Something about adjustable stems weirds me out.
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Old 06-04-13, 01:47 AM   #1291
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Something about adjustable stems weirds me out.
You're not the only one. LOOK makes the ergostem. Equally as weird for more than quadruple the price.
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Old 06-04-13, 01:53 AM   #1292
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Has like infinity positions though.
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Origin8 had one that actually looks decent, but nobody has it in stock and they wont get any more until august.
this one ?

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Old 06-04-13, 06:16 AM   #1294
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No idea, but I'm trying to find a 1" quill stem with a 31.8mm bar clamp.
http://ticycles.com/TCF/hardware.html

Pricey.
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Old 06-04-13, 06:37 AM   #1295
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Now try to find one that actually looks good.
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Old 06-04-13, 10:09 AM   #1296
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this one ?

[Origin8 Stem Pic]
Yeah. Still not ideal though, But it would do.

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Now try to find one that actually looks good.
Yeah...May just end up going with an adaptor and a threadless stem.
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Old 06-04-13, 08:36 PM   #1297
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Great shot Yummy!
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I'm in love all over again.
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