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Old 11-20-13, 08:24 PM   #1
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What is this mystery thing mounted on my frame?

Hi all, I have an Organic Bikes Caleb bamboo road bike. I love it, but I'm a little confused as to the nature of this thing that's mounted onto my frame. It looks like a frame pump mount, but I don't think that's it. Any guesses? If I can't use it, it's coming off. Thanks!

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It's a derailleur braze-on.
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Awesome, thanks. Plan on keeping this single speed, so I guess there's no point in leaving it on there?
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O rly? What is it "brazed" to?
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Excuse me, I forgot we're on BF and love semantics.

It's a mount for a braze-on front derailleur.
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Awesome, thanks. Plan on keeping this single speed, so I guess there's no point in leaving it on there?
Keep it. Looks like simple wood screws holding it in. I wouldn't want holes in my frame.
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O rly? What is it "brazed" to?
Well... They tried to braze bamboo. . . Once.

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Take it off and as sure as eggs, you'll find a need for it.

What do you like about your bamboo bike? I'm not being rude, I'm genuinely interested.

And, do you refer to Pandas as South East Asian Termites?
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Keep it. Looks like simple wood screws holding it in. I wouldn't want holes in my frame.
You could take it off and put the screws back in to cover the holes. My worry would be that they aren't simple wood screws but have an anchor and you could actually do some damage by trying to unscrew them.
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"Only in SS/FG"
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Hey, we only talk about interesting and complicated stuff here ... such as 'will my bum look big on this saddle'

Still interested in that bamboo bike though, you see too many bamboo bikes that are trying really hard to be different and alternative when it's already been proven it also makes very good 'normal' bikes.
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Hey, we only talk about interesting and complicated stuff here ... such as 'will my bum look big on this saddle'

Still interested in that bamboo bike though, you see too many bamboo bikes that are trying really hard to be different and alternative when it's already been proven it also makes very good 'normal' bikes.

Hey, so there honestly isn't a whole ton of logic behind me owning a bamboo bike aside from me really liking the aesthetics. I have a few bikes mades from traditional materials and figured I'd try something new. That being said, it really is a good ride. Pretty much feels like a more forgiving aluminum frame.
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