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    She's done!

    I placed the final upgrade on my LHT this past weekend, She's done! Has me pretty excited for my trip this summer, and all the other riding I'll be doing!
    Here are the pics:
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    New seat clamp with attachment point for the rear rack as the travel agent blocked the seat stay attachment point.
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    New Doere crank, went with 48-36-26 model.
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    New SRAM road brake levers, new stem.
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    Salsa Low Rider front racks, has a way to mount lights to them, maybe in the future.
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    I think she looks pretty good!
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    Can you believe that it was -15F when I took these pictures!
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    Nice.

    A thought:

    If your rear rack gets wobbly (you'd have to be a heavy packer, I think. That seatpost clamp will probably do ya.), you could tie the right hand side of the rack to the seatstay braze on by putting another metal "slider" on -- doubling up with the one that's already there going up to the seatpost clamp. Dig?

    I like the Barcons, and respect the V-Brake choice. So much easier to adjust on the road. Question, though: Why bother with the whole travel agent thing when you could just have gotten the Tektro V-Brake ready road levers?
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    Nicely done ! One hot bike on one cold day !

    So sorry about the Pack. It's a shame they didn't have Bart and Kramer to get it done.

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    You are not stuck with the 26t you can fit smaller, they just ship them with that 3 sizes.

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    This bike came with Dia Comp v-brake levers, I didn't like them because I rest my hands on the top of the hoods. The Tektro looked the same as the Dia Comps. A friend recommended the SRAM's because of the flat top. Shorter reach was a bonus as I do have smaller hands. I'm really impressed with how light the pressure required is, and I think these Avid's provide as much stopping power as the BB 7's that were on my old Sutra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    You are not stuck with the 26t you can fit smaller, they just ship them with that 3 sizes.
    Thanks, I'll keep that in mind if I need to go lower!
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    I made a fork light mount using a PVC endcap. Drill a hole in the center of the cap and use the bolt to secure.
    Paul Components makes a classier version: http://www.paulcomp.com/ginolightmount.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeleJohn View Post
    I made a fork light mount using a PVC endcap. Drill a hole in the center of the cap and use the bolt to secure.
    Paul Components makes a classier version: http://www.paulcomp.com/ginolightmount.html
    I was eyeing this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ADIKZAFTSWMNW
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    Have you loaded that rear rack setup yet. Most likely not with the current temps outside. I am not so sure about how well that rack connection is going to last. The distance from the rack bolts to the seat clamp is really long and bound to flex under load. If you have to use that setup please be sure to use locktight and nylock bolts on the rack and the seat post. I assume the reason you have done it this way is a clearance issue with the roller on the brake. You may want to also consider using a spacer on the braze on where the roller is. I would definitely consider shortening the length of those rack stays.

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    I haven't used bar end shifters in decades, but is it now normal to exit the cables as you have done? I would eventually catch my fingers in them if I did it that way. (I wasn't born a klutz, I developed the necessary skillset over the years with intense and often painful practice).

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    Nice! Doesn't it feel great when they're finished and looking good!

    TeleJohn, thanks for the idea about the PVC end cap. I think I'll use that.
    B. Carfree, that is a normal way to route the shifter cables.
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    That cable routing is what Surly uses on the complete LHT. I thought it would be weird and interfere with my hand positioning, but I have not had problems.

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    I havent used anything But Bar End Shifters for more decades than I want to count..

    My set up I wrap the housing under the tape up to the brake lever mounting band,
    and it exits from the inside , clears the corner of my HB bag and is not in the way anywhere..

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    looks great! I just spent a week in River Falls for the holidays; stay warm!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    My set up I wrap the housing under the tape up to the brake lever mounting band,
    and it exits from the inside , clears the corner of my HB bag and is not in the way anywhere..
    Picture please?

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    ship a camera.. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannwilliams View Post
    This bike came with Dia Comp v-brake levers, I didn't like them because I rest my hands on the top of the hoods. The Tektro looked the same as the Dia Comps. A friend recommended the SRAM's because of the flat top. Shorter reach was a bonus as I do have smaller hands. I'm really impressed with how light the pressure required is, and I think these Avid's provide as much stopping power as the BB 7's that were on my old Sutra.
    Cane Creek makes nice v-brake levers with comfortable hoods. With road levers, you could also get mini v-brakes. A little less clearance, but no travel agents.

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    We should get together this riding season for lunch

    Durand is a nice little town about halfway (40 miles) between River Falls and Fountain City

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    bike looks great

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenA View Post
    We should get together this riding season for lunch

    Durand is a nice little town about halfway (40 miles) between River Falls and Fountain City
    I am familiar with Durand. My wife and I hit the trail from the park. And I pass through on my way to ride in the driftless area. Keep in touch, we'll meet up this summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenA View Post
    bike looks great
    Thanks! Looking forward to warm weather so I can get out there and ride it.
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    Hi Dann,

    What fenders are you using ?

    By the way, I have ridden out of River Falls a number of times. Lots great low traffic scenic routes especially South and SE of town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biker222 View Post
    Hi Dann,

    What fenders are you using ?
    I believe there are SKS. Came with the bike. Nice and wide so I have coverage if I go with a wider tire.
    "It doesn't get easier, you just go faster."

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