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Old 03-17-07, 05:23 PM   #1
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Just Picked Up My New Touring Bike!

Well I just picked up my bike. I think it was worth the wait. The only thing missing is the Cherry (wood) fenders that I have to still finish.

The bike is a custom touring built by Hugh Black of True North Cycles. Im a bit of a giant so the bike is built for a load and a 6'5" rider. That top tube is really a high end (I forget the tube name) downtube, it really is massive! Check out the welds! I have not rode it too far as it is really cold and windy today, but next week it going to get warm. We are still fooling around with the stack height of the stem.

Here is the build up parts if anyone is interested.

Frame Custom Steel
Wheels Ambrosio Keba, XT Hubs, DT Swiss spokes 36 hole, 3 cross. Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires.
RaceFace Turbine Cranks
RaceFace Diablous Headset.
Nitto Noodle Bars 48 cm (these things are huge)
Thompson Stem
Thudbuster seat post. (Double purple elostomers)
B.B. Phil Wood
Avid Arch Rival V brakes
Diacomp Levers.
Shimano Bar End Shifters.
Shimanoe XTR Front and LX rear derailleurs.
Brooks B-17 Special Seat.

IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d31/hoss10/web4.jpg[/IMG]

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Old 03-17-07, 05:26 PM   #2
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Another Picture (I hope)!

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Old 03-17-07, 05:29 PM   #3
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Great looking bike!

What rear rack is that?
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Old 03-17-07, 05:40 PM   #4
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Actually the rack is a cheap one I picked up at Cambria for about $25.00 (Am.). I didn't want anything too expensive because I presently use a BOB trailer. It's name is Headlander or something.
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Old 03-17-07, 06:08 PM   #5
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What is the frame geometry? length of top tube, seat tube, BB height or drop, and cs length, if it's not a trade secret.


Nice clean welds! Very nice bike.
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Old 03-17-07, 06:30 PM   #6
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Geometry for the bike is designed for a really unique body type. 6'5" with a 30 inch inseam.
TT -635 mm
CS- 460 mm
BB HT.-270 mm
WB- 1117.5 mm
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Old 03-17-07, 07:25 PM   #7
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Looks like a great touring ride!
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Old 03-17-07, 07:55 PM   #8
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Great cat too- is s/he a Maine coon? Looks a lot like mine...
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Old 03-17-07, 08:33 PM   #9
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Fabulous. My favorite color. And, as has been pointed out in the other thread, green bikes are the fastest.

Uh, just curious, what will you do to the cat if he sprays the tires?
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6' 5" and a 30" inseam? Gee-zeus.
That bike is so big it makes the wheels look like 26ers or at least 650B-ers.
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Old 03-17-07, 09:08 PM   #11
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Nice cat. Bike is OK too.
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very nice bike. got a chance to break it in yet?
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Cool bike. I like it!

Never heard of a thudbuster seat post. Let us know how you like it.
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Thanks Hoss. That bike is so nice I missed the cat!
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Geometry for the bike is designed for a really unique body type. 6'5" with a 30 inch inseam.
6' 5" with a 30" inseam? That is so not fair - I am 5'10" w/ a 30"...


As I have said numerous times, I am not overweight, I am undertall. Hoss, you have now proven me right :-)

Pretty ride, enjoy...
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Very nice bike-- quality stuff all around. Please tell us how the Dia Comp 287 levers/ Avid arch rival brakes work after you get some miles on the bike. I've never seen that pair matched before--- but I'm guessing it will work well.
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I like the Thudbuster seatpost you choose. If you put a regular seatpost, it would have been real long.
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Old 03-18-07, 03:13 PM   #18
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Thanks for the complements. I have rode Thudbusters for years they are great, I took this one off my other bike and I might not use it. It has been many years since I have rode a steel bike and I might be able to use a solid seatposts and get a smooth ride. No I have not been able to ride it, snowed today!
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Schwiiiiiiing!
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Nice looking bike, hoss. That frame looks bomb proof.
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Great frame, Hoss Nice set up too. Hugh built a frame for me last year and aside from one little snafu, it is great! It fits me like no other bike I have owned, is comfy and handles a full load like a charm. Anyone looking for a custom frame should definitley look at True North. I gotta get a picture of "Olive" posted one of these days.

Are you planning on a good tour to break it in?

Oh, and they are right, green is the fastest.
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Old 03-21-07, 10:05 PM   #22
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Curious as to why you went with a high end front derailluer and lesser rear. Usually its the other way around?
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Old 03-22-07, 09:33 AM   #23
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Curious as to why you went with a high end front derailluer and lesser rear. Usually its the other way around?
Good observation, I was wondering when someone was going to comment on that. My game plan was to buy the best frame I could and include the best components I could afford/justify on places where it counted (I'm a big guy) and would be hard to swap out. So the custom frame and fork built using a Phil Woods B.B. and I think a good strong headset the RaceFace (plus I wanted some Canadian parts on the bike to match the frame). For some of the rest I used some used stuff and some old/new parts I had laying around (those hubs are new but 7 years out of date).

To get to your question I had a really long cage LX rear deralier (sp) in drawer and used it. Dave at True North said I needed the XTR front to cover the range of my triple chainrings. So now I have at least one XTR component on my bike (for the cool factor).

An interesting point I think I managed to build my complete bike with no Chinese components (depends where you place Taiwan I guess).

I used parts from Canada, USA, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, and England. Not that it was really important it just seems neat when it seems every bike now is made in China.

I totally agree about True North it was one of the best experiences I have every had in purchasing something. The level of customer service is incredible. This frame is a true custom fit. I will let you know how it rides when it stops snowing and raining here.
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Come on! It's 14 degrees C, where is the ride data?

I like the lX rear deraileur, have them on all my bikes, they are a few grams heavier, and that might even be a good thing.
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