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What to do with unused downtube shifter bosses

Old 10-21-09, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape
There are these from problem solvers:
Never seen them before - about time something of this nature pops up.

Cross-posted to the local fixed gear forum.


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Old 10-21-09, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Otis
Carefully cut them off, file the area smooth and put a "worlds stripe" or similar decal around the bare spot. With another matching decal on the lower part of the tube to balance.
We don't take kindly to that kind of talk around here!
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Old 10-21-09, 10:26 AM
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Hey, I know: fabricate a flickstand that attaches there! Something like this:

I know, the location isn't ideal, but at least it will look useful.
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please dont do it .
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Give them to me so I can put them on my frame that needs them.
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On a technium 480, I am pretty sure that the shifter bosses are not welded or brazed to the aluminum frame, they are probably just epoxy bonded. I would try first heating the boss with a propane torch to see if you can just weaken the glue bond and then pull them off with a pliers. You can probably heat-shied the rest of the frame to spare the surrounding paint from burning on the tube. If that does not work, break out a hacksaw, dremmel tool grinder, hand file and attack them.
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Thanks for the idea GrayJay, but I was hoping to not do anything that drastic to the frame in case i ever wanted to put the old drivetrain and shifters back on.
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Originally Posted by soderbiker

please dont do it .
Bwa-haa-haaaaaaaa.... I could not help myself.

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Originally Posted by Noah Scape
There are these from problem solvers:

I looked for them on the problemsolversbike web site but could not find them, thanks!
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why not buy some crappy box wrench that is sorta small that you might need to take off your wheels if you get a flat. Drill a hole in it.. and mount it with a wing nut? I guess my suggestion is kind of a rip-off of those other tools that they make that sit on the waterbottle brazeons.

When I was getting used to my fixed gear, i took an old mtn brake lever and removed the clamp and bolted directly to the downtube. Kind of lame..but it worked. Don't ask why i did that.. i had too much time on my hands.

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