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Old 04-18-10, 05:51 PM   #301
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I suggest using a longer tube (in place of that red one) to get the rear drop-out lower.As it looks now it sits pretty high. it may put the bottom bracket dangerously low and could have an issue with pedal/crank to ground clearance.
I agree. Moreover, the tube should be long enough to set the original rear dropouts to the axle height of the original wheels. This way, the original steering geometry is preserved, along with the handling.

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Old 04-19-10, 04:29 PM   #302
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Thank you for advices. I finished the build just to see how it's works, but I don't have all the pieces.
I mounting 2 racks, and I have some dificulties to put them on the same level, but I made it.
The bike is moving great, it's very fast and stable. When I make U-turns it's a little tricky, I loose my balance, but only whit load.
I climb some hills whit almost 30kg of load and it's was very easy. Amazing but true.
After that I discover a little problem. When I shifting on the smallest chainring and the bigesst sprocket, the chain is touching the tyre. My tyre aren't so big, only 559-50. I dont have vertical dropouts, so I could move the wheel a little to the left, but this is gona affect the drive.
Another solution is to move the whole rear triangle to the left. I don't wanna put another tyre. What can I do?
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Old 04-19-10, 11:12 PM   #303
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Do tou have some pictures of those bikes?
I seen only one long touring bike until now. It's a Bilenky custom made. It's look great.

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Old 04-20-10, 05:53 AM   #304
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Thanks 65-er!
That frame is very good, I like the integrated rack. I wolud like to have one. Maybe I will weld my rack to the frame.

Can you help me whit my problem?
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Old 04-20-10, 10:20 PM   #305
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When I shifting on the smallest chainring and the bigesst sprocket, the chain is touching the tyre. My tyre aren't so big, only 559-50. I dont have vertical dropouts, so I could move the wheel a little to the left, but this is gona affect the drive. Another solution is to move the whole rear triangle to the left. I don't wanna put another tyre. What can I do?
Remove the dish from the rear wheel and move the right dropout farther outward.

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umm... does that bike have four front chain rings ? Because that is simply amazing....
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umm... does that bike have four front chain rings ? Because that is simply amazing....
Yes... the bike has a custom made quad instead of a triple and it has custom built cartridge hubs as well.

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Thanks 65-er!
That frame is very good, I like the integrated rack. I wolud like to have one. Maybe I will weld my rack to the frame.

Can you help me whit my problem?
If you have a steel frame a competent welder should be able to build and integrate rack on to a frame... a few people I know have had similar racks added to their bikes and really like them.

In both cases it was because of heel strike issues on smaller frames.
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I discover a little problem. When I shifting on the smallest chainring and the bigesst sprocket, the chain is touching the tyre. My tyre aren't so big, only 26x1.95 (559-50). I dont have vertical dropouts, so I could move the wheel a little to the left, but this is gona affect the drive.
Another solution is to move the whole rear triangle to the left. I don't wanna put another tyre. What can I do?
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Doing what she does best and now with a new center stand and some clipless spd pedals... been having more trouble with the left leg working right so I really need to keep my foot attached to the pedal.


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Old 04-29-10, 07:21 PM   #312
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More custom eye candy here... and I actually fit this one.



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More custom eye candy here... and I actually fit this one.



WTF Sixty-Fiver! How many bikes do you own!?
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Old 04-30-10, 12:54 AM   #314
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So I have a question, I just got a suspension bike to build with though it looks like the BB is not attached to the rear triangle its part of the main frame and thus only the pivot has the hole to mount the axle. Am I going to run into some issues building it with this setup? Any advice on some things I can do to make this workable? Or should I just look for another suspension frame?
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Don't worry about that. I also use the holes for pivot to attach the rear triangle.
It's work just fine, no problem until now.
Show us a picture. This is mine.
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Old 04-30-10, 03:36 AM   #316
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here is the rear triangle
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Im thinking of maybe cutting off the BB and welding it on... Not sure if that will work well or not...
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WTF Sixty-Fiver! How many bikes do you own!?
I work with the builder of these frames... this is a demo I get to ride and play with.

And I have 14 bikes... but have to thin the herd a little here.
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I like this.
A fine looking workhorse.
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I like this.
A fine looking workhorse.
She is that... should be rebuilding my cargo deck in a few weeks and am just waiting on some parts to do that.

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I work with the builder of these frames... this is a demo I get to ride and play with.

And I have 14 bikes... but have to thin the herd a little here.
Let me tell you what I do: I count my bikes, only my favourites. Then I count my sons bikes and malke sure he`s got just as many as I`ve got (some of them he does not know count them as his..). Then there is still some bikes left, but since nobody really use them much there is no need to decide who they belong to, and therefor no need to count them. Problem solved!

Nice looking bikes by the way, as always. I just re routed the gear cable for the dogbike and got rid of some of the housing. Much more crisp shifting now.
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This is the frame... My dream will come true...
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my bike

Here is my recently converted long bike. As you can see, I used a rear triangle from a FS bike. It's bolted to the dropouts using the BB and some spacers. I'm using the middle derailleur as a chain tensioner. I still need to cut down the bar I'm using for a footrest, but it works for now. My kids love it!

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Finaly is finished. I make some serios tests whit heavy loads, uphill, downhill, offroad, speed, and it was amazing, no weakness.
Thank you guys for your help and pictures. I build The First Xtracycle from Romania!






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