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Old 10-06-14, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by vqstaphbeard View Post
Thanks!
I've lined a fair amount of lugs in the past but I don't believe I'm going to do it to this one. I tend to prefer it on ornate lugs such as hetchins or even nerves pro.
It might look nice, but you have to do what suits your taste.

I have lug lining on my Riv in Germany. The previous owner did it after a long night of beer, beer and more beer.

If I saw the bike more often, it would really drive me batty.

Btw Your bike is turning out beautifully. I really appreciate you sharing it with us.
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I like your wiring techniques. They inspire me.
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
It might look nice, but you have to do what suits your taste.

I have lug lining on my Riv in Germany. The previous owner did it after a long night of beer, beer and more beer.

If I saw the bike more often, it would really drive me batty.

Btw Your bike is turning out beautifully. I really appreciate you sharing it with us.
*nervex pro* darn auto correct. I also like lining with opposing colored head tubes. I had thought about a cream headtube on this with gold lug lining. Paint pens are make lug lining a dream. I had used the felt tips until I discovered there are ball point paint pens. Makes doing a thin line a breeze. The ball just glides along the lug. Thanks, it's my pleasure to share

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I like your wiring techniques. They inspire me.
Thanks, I enjoy doing it.
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Agree on the yellow wrap, but five to six coats of shellac. I like the feel of shellacked bars, but only if all of the roughness is gone. The first few coats, it feels like 100 grit sandpaper to me.,,,,BD
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I like the wiring it sounds great, about the only thing missing from the electrics is a usb port.
What lights are you using, how does the DRM fit into the rear?
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Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
Agree on the yellow wrap, but five to six coats of shellac. I like the feel of shellacked bars, but only if all of the roughness is gone. The first few coats, it feels like 100 grit sandpaper to me.,,,,BD
I sort of like the rough feeling. I have some Brooks tape I have considered using as well.

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I like the wiring it sounds great, about the only thing missing from the electrics is a usb port.
What lights are you using, how does the DRM fit into the rear?
The headlight is an B&M Lumotec IQ Cyo. I have a Radios No. 18 Headlight that I may retrofit it into, still undecided.

Radios No 18


The rear is a B&M Toplight Flat Plus that I took the guts out of and plan on putting in a "beehive" Radios taillight when it arrives. I will drill out the rivet holding the bracket so it can be bolted onto the ST mount with a chainring bolt. I had Aaron braze a chainring nut onto the seattube. The chainring bolt/nut will allow the wire to pass through.

Taillight is the one on the right.
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Yea or nay on the Brooks tape?



I also decided to get a Nitto M13 rack instead of using my m12. The front rack requires drilling a hole in the fender so now is the time to do it.
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Yea. Lookin' good. I'd choose different plugs - cork?
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Yea. Lookin' good. I'd choose different plugs - cork?
I will definitely explore other options. These black velox and cork were the two I had in mind. I've used wine corks and cork stoppers from the LHS before and cork will be more than likely what I use. I only have one Brooks plug and find them too bulky anyway.
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Those bottle cages look familiar - REG?

Also, I like the paint. The finished product will be quite handsome. Did you commission/build this with a specific ride in mind, or just randonneuringing in general?
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Those bottle cages look familiar - REG?

Also, I like the paint. The finished product will be quite handsome. Did you commission/build this with a specific ride in mind, or just randonneuringing in general?

Yep, REG.

In general. Randonneur rides, sport touring, work commuting. I have an old converted cannondale MTB that I use for camping and dirt/gravel rides and acquired a Motobecane campeur, so this was for lighter use. Distance without the heavy hauling if you will. I will have panniers/low riders for this, so it will work well for overnights.
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Thanks and good call on the chain stay protector. I've been trying to decide on what to use. I was thinking leather. Any ideas? Would you believe I was actually debating whether to have the third set installed. Already glad I did and haven't even used it.
I like this one.
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I like this one.
Me too, and I had something similar in mind. I'll probably make my own with leather from my bags.
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Drilled out the rivet that held the bracket and retrofitted the Radios taillight with B&M internals:




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97.4% finished. Need to find hooks for the elastic cord to mate with; those buggers are hard to find.



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I'm making a decaluer for the handlebar bag as I didn't care for the headset stack version I've used on previous builds. Once bag is installed I'll take some glamour shots.

Post shakedown ride dynamo stand lights:
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Very, very cool. I'm envious.

Great looking bag, too. Have you ever considered selling some made-to-order?
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Not sure how I missed this thread, but I thoroughly approve. Hopefully I'll being doing similar things as soon as I get my frame (hopefully soon!)
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Very, very cool. I'm envious.

Great looking bag, too. Have you ever considered selling some made-to-order?
I have, but I can barely find the time to make them for myself.
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Came here to have a look after our exchange in the 'fender thread'. What a lovely frame, and great build too!

I like the color, but agree with jeirvine and gomango on the lug lining. A slim gold line on a solid color like this would bring out the beautiful details, without being too gaudy. Just my amateur opinion of course.

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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Came here to have a look after our exchange in the 'fender thread'. What a lovely frame, and great build too!

I like the color, but agree with jeirvine and gomango on the lug lining. A slim gold line on a solid color like this would bring out the beautiful details, without being too gaudy. Just my amateur opinion of course.
It is something I will definitely explore. I've done a fair amount of 'paint pen' lug lining in the past, so I'm confident that I could "do it right." I've also been toying around with the idea of box lining. I agree that it could use 'something' and my only reservations are that I don't want a gaudy look.


Just as a FYI for anyone who may read that is thinking of lug lining. I found some extra fine 'ball point' paint pens that work wonders. I had used the fine felt tip in the past and one still had to have somewhat of a steady hand. The ball point leaves a very thin line and makes it very easy to navigate around the lugs.
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That's a fantastic looking bike, and very nice work on the bag also! I was planning on fabricating my own bags and ran into a stumbling block on the hooks also, I managed to make some passable prototypes from stainless wire. If I can locate them, I'll get some photos.
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Bike looks great. I can't wait to get my custom rando bike. Also, you've inspired me to try to make a couple bags... we'll see how it goes
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Originally Posted by vqstaphbeard View Post
It is something I will definitely explore. I've done a fair amount of 'paint pen' lug lining in the past, so I'm confident that I could "do it right." I've also been toying around with the idea of box lining. I agree that it could use 'something' and my only reservations are that I don't want a gaudy look.


Just as a FYI for anyone who may read that is thinking of lug lining. I found some extra fine 'ball point' paint pens that work wonders. I had used the fine felt tip in the past and one still had to have somewhat of a steady hand. The ball point leaves a very thin line and makes it very easy to navigate around the lugs.
Thanks for the tip regarding the ball point pens. On this one, me personally, I wouldn't. The lug work speaks for itself and doesn't need highlighting. Those who know will know. I would leave it quietly understated.
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Thanks all.

If I were going for aesthetics alone option two would be the only option. I currently have no bikes with brifters, nor have I really ever, so part of me wants to give it a go.
To me brifters imply indexed shifting, and you aren't talking about hubs, or necessarily mechs, that can fit a cassette or have the geometry for indexing.

If you're going friction, I'd look at Huret Duopar in the rear, and in the front. I just really like the Duo for big rear ranges, and I've used the fronts with 50/34 on my Trek for quite a while.

I broke off the clamp on a Jubilee front, I think due to the fact my Terraferma was powder coated by the previous owner - the extra thickness of the powder coat stressed the clamp. At least that's my theory.
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