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Old 02-26-07, 11:35 PM   #1
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Old 02-26-07, 11:36 PM   #2
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Old 02-26-07, 11:45 PM   #3
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straddle cable looks way too flat of an angle on front brake- who set that up? I think you'll be finding the brakes kind of grabby yet not too powerful. maybe that's the intent, but i think you'll want to go old school and get a traditional canti cable setup with separate straddle cable.

otherwise, looking good-n-funky.
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Old 02-26-07, 11:58 PM   #4
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I'll look into that, thanks. It brakes really nice right now though. I'm sure I'll be making some adjustments later.

The bike shop that built it up is www.thepathbikeshop.com

Oh yeah, the weight of it like it is comes in at 25.5 lbs.
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Old 02-27-07, 12:17 AM   #5
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Great looking bike, congrats!
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Old 02-27-07, 06:19 AM   #6
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Looks like you are ready for battle w/ those Hone cranks. How do you like those Kelly Take Offs? Nice rig.
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Old 02-27-07, 07:36 AM   #7
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Thanks for posting this.

What size is it? How tall are you?

Comparison with the fixed gear right next to it?
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Old 02-27-07, 07:55 AM   #8
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Great looking LTH! Makes a nice companion for the Bianchi. Curious why you went with the Kelly Take-offs instead a different setup?

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Old 02-27-07, 08:37 AM   #9
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Count me in as another one curious about the Kelly Take-offs.

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Old 02-27-07, 08:44 AM   #10
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Old 02-27-07, 09:20 AM   #11
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Great looking bike, congrats!

Thanks!

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Looks like you are ready for battle w/ those Hone cranks. How do you like those Kelly Take Offs? Nice rig.
Thanks. I like them so far. I still have to get used to riding a road bike in general though. I can only compare it to my Downhill MTB lol. They do shift nice and smooth though and I like not having to move my hands all the way down to the downtube to shift. I still might try barcons too just for comparisons sake.

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Thanks for posting this.

What size is it? How tall are you?

Comparison with the fixed gear right next to it?
It's a 56cm, I am 6' tall. The Bianchi is setup for single speed right now, it's a 55cm and it fits well too. A Little more standover clearance with the Bianchi but no problems either with the Surly.

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Great looking LTH! Makes a nice companion for the Bianchi. Curious why you went with the Kelly Take-offs instead a different setup?
Thanks, I'm loving both bikes right now

I went with the Takeoffs because I didn't really like the barcons that much when I tried them on a Trek 520, putting them on the downtube was out of the question, I don't want to reach down off the bars to shift. I might try STI's and keep the downtube shifters with the takeoffs in my saddlebags in case I have to switch to them if the STI's break, but if I get the hang of the dt shifters with the Kelly's I'll probably just stay with that.

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Count me in as another one curious about the Kelly Take-offs.

Nice bike!

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It'll be alot sweeter after I get my Brooks saddle, Thomson stem and Thomson seatpost The ones on there now are just for test fitting for lengths.
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Old 04-10-09, 06:09 AM   #12
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Thanks for posting your LHT's weight. I am hoping to be * somewhat * conscious of weight as I look to build an LHT or Cross Check (don't know which way to go yet...).
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Old 04-10-09, 12:30 PM   #13
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Kelly takeoffs are the mutts nutts y'all. At this point I like them better than I ever liked STI. Only comparative disadvantage is that I have to be in the drops to shift, but with my handlebars at saddle height, I'm always in the drops anyway.

Anyone who's curious about them go here Kelly Take Offs Takeoffs Take-Offs where Nigeyy and I post detailed reviews.

Modern shimano dt shifters have retrofriction clutches, presumably ever since simplex patent expired, so they're both the crispest indexed shifters and the best friction ones too. I normally run indexed in back, but with my chain and cassette worn pretty good now I flipped it on over to friction and I can get another couple thousand miles out of them. Try THAT with STI!
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thats a light LHT
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I think the build looks super. Very nice spec, for the frame. It's subtle, but i like the way the red from the 990cassette looks against the blue of the frame. You'll probably end up tweaking the brakes; i tweak stuff all the time on most of my bikes. Drives me nuts, but i can't stop. 25.5lbs is light, but it won't stay that light once you rack it out and add fenders, etc. PS don't let anyone chide you about those hone cranks, i have hone cranks on my SS, and the triplering version is absolutely identical to the lx triple, except finish. (The double version has the reinforced pedal thing going.) Tons of ppl run lx on their tour bike; the hone is the same thing, but black.

congrats on the new bike.

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Very nice bike.

Can you tell me if the Kelly Take Offs allow the shifters to be operated from the drops?
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Very nice bike.

Can you tell me if the Kelly Take Offs allow the shifters to be operated from the drops?
Yes. Because dt shifters are keyed to a square post, you could theoretically set them up with one of four different sweeps. Practically speaking, two of those are useless, one can be used for shifting from the tops, and one for shifting from the drops. Mine are set up to shift from the drops, and the ergonomics of this are terrific. I like that shifting against the spring is done by pushing with my thumb while my other fingers hold the bar. This makes front shifting to the big ring more comfortable than STI, where I always found the sweep to be too much for my short fingers. I've only used older 9-sp STI, I know the newer ones have a shorter throw and more of an angled sweep to improve those ergonomics, but I bet the takeoffs still have them beat by a mile. On the right, I can push all the way in with my thumb to quickly dump all my gears when I hit a big hill I wasn't ready for.

To shift with the spring, while the lever is far forward (big ring or big cog) I rotate my hand around the drop to whack the lever with my middle and index fingers. As the levers sweep more back towards me, I switch to nudging it along from the back with my second thumb joint. This calluses on long rides but otherwise works excellently.

Check out the link in my post above for more detail.
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Old 04-11-09, 12:19 AM   #18
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I ended up putting about a 1000 miles on this bike and then I sold it to a gentleman who was going to meet up with his daughter in Texas to go to the Atlantic Coast.

I sold it for 2000 bucks with racks and panniers, I listed it on ebay at no reserve with a starting point at 99 cents and he contacted me and offered me 2K.

I now have a Specialized Tricross that I use for commuting/trail riding but I'm also thinking of doing some light and fast touring on it. It's a full Dura Ace build with Dura Ace wheels.

I think my next touring specific bike is going to be a custom steel frame with disc brakes.
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