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Old 03-21-15, 07:55 AM
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And, why aren't you clamping that thing by the seat post******************************???

Bad habit!

Actually, that bike is pretty nice looking and appointed. How wide of a tire could you squeeze in there, front or rear? Nice gearing, too! Maybe not for riding the Rockies, but a very nice overall selection.

I agree, the upright riding position and the steel frame, even light, would be a good Clyde bike for a long time.

And a rack is always a handy thing to have.

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Thanks for the heads up on the price match policy. I'll definitely be calling Monday.

What thing by the seat post? It's not a quick release seat post.

I just did 8 miles on it with the girlfriend. It's a nice cruiser. Very smooth. The shifting is as nice as my 105's, but the actual shifters themselves aren't as smooth. Kinda wish I had some 105 shifter on it now.

I'm not digging the handlebars, I might swap them when I do the new stem. Not much padding on the bars. Maybe just a pad or something. I need to figure out what my options are.

I gotta ditch the stock tires and get something with less rolling resistance on there. The stock tires would be good for a little off pavement, but on the road, I like a road tire. I think I am going to put my road wheels on it for tomorrows ride. That wheelset has a 10-speed Ultegra 11-28 cassette, so I assume it will work ok in place of the 10-speed SRAM 11-32 cassette. I'd like to see what the bike feels like with a know good set of wheels on it.

Once I get the right tires and stem on it, I think this is going to be a good touring bike for me.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
What thing by the seat post? It's not a quick release seat post.
He means, when you clamp your bike into a work stand, you should put the clamp on the seat post, and not the frame, to avoid damaging the frame.
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Oh I didn't know. I assumed a steel top tube was stronger than a CF seat post.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Oh I didn't know. I assumed a steel top tube was stronger than a CF seat post.
Modern steel tubes are pretty thin, especially if they're butted. I think that any decent mechanic would be unlikely to crush/dent them, but if you do then the frame is ruined. If you damage the seat post, the thinking goes, you can always throw it away and buy another one. Personally, I don't worry about this since I'm smart enough not to over-tighten the clamp on my work stand. I do clamp the seat post on my Cervelo RS, but that's because it's the only tube that's round enough to fit in the clamp well.
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Yeah, I don't clamp it down tight on any of my CF, AL or steel bikes. I basically just rest it up there and bring the top clamp down just tight enough that the bike won't slip. Sometimes I just hang it in there with no tension on the clamp. I'm cautious not to crush anything.
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I put some Specialized Espoir 25's on the stock wheels today and did another 15 miles on it. We were planning to do 45, but the rain got us.

With my saddle and Specialized CG-R seatpost, the bike is really smooth even on the rough stuff. And with this smaller tires, the rolling resistance was very low. Not quite to my Roubaix levels, but still pretty nice.

I still need to replace the stem. Not sure what the best way to do there is. I saw a quill to threadless adapter that would let me run standard bars. That seemed like a nice option. I'm also not digging the Tiagra shifters. Wondering if I could swap them out with some 105 10-speed shifters. Anyone know?

Overall, I'm digging the bike and I'm definitely keeping it. In the next few weeks I have some mini tours setup and I'm going to add the rack and bags to it for those rides.
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I was surprised to hear the wheels came in good condition. I have purchased two (one for me, and one for a friend) and both sets of wheels came in needing an hours worth of work to get them true enough to ride.

That was several years ago, so maybe they have that part figured out now.

Glad you are enjoying the bike.
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i bought this bike probably about 4 years ago to replace the nashbar aluminum touring frame bike I built that got stolen. It was a disappointment. Just never liked the ride, the brakes were a nuisance, the stock tires were terrible and the stock crank even worse. The FSA crank is a definate improvement over the no name 3lb unit that came on mine though so maybe it's better. A few months later, I bought a Disc trucker and used a couple parts from this bike but not many. I ended up converting it to a single speed and selling it. it was perfect for that use in NYC as a commuter.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Oh I didn't know. I assumed a steel top tube was stronger than a CF seat post.
It comes with a CF seatpost? I'm very surprised at that!
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Nah, I had an seatpost and saddle already that I liked, so I installed them. Still getting mixed info whether fiber paste is needed or not with that setup.

I also ordered some front racks, front panniers and Kool Stop Salmons for the bike along with some more bar tape and a new stem.
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Old 03-27-15, 09:45 AM
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Update on the bike: I ordered a quill stem adapter and stem off Amazon. I installed them and there wasn't enough tension to keep the bars straight. At that point, I decided to take it my LBS. They had a stem in stock that worked much better. They also noticed that the bar tape was not installed well and the shifters were too high. So I decided to leave it with them to get the handlebars dialed in and to install the Kool Stop Supra 2's on the bike. They are also going to go over the bike and see if Nashbar made any other errors in the build. Should be back on Wednesday.
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Old 03-27-15, 10:20 AM
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Update on the bike: I ordered a quill stem adapter and stem off Amazon. I installed them and there wasn't enough tension to keep the bars straight. At that point, I decided to take it my LBS. They had a stem in stock that worked much better. They also noticed that the bar tape was not installed well and the shifters were too high. So I decided to leave it with them to get the handlebars dialed in and to install the Kool Stop Supra 2's on the bike. They are also going to go over the bike and see if Nashbar made any other errors in the build. Should be back on Wednesday.
Nice to see you're getting all the perks of buying a "bike in a box".

I take it as you used the Supra 2, this bike ended up having Tektro Oryx cantis?
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I did a 36 mile/1500 climb ride on the Nashbar Touring bike this weekend. It was surprisingly comfortable and fast. Those low gears made the climbs so easy.

I still want to get the brakes dialed in better, but overall I was impressed with the bike on the ride.

I did notice some paint scuffs that lead me to believe the paint is crappy on it.
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Looks like a solid buy. I'm glad you fixed the stem -- that was worrying.

You have several options on rust resistance. You can go the framesaver route, though be careful -- it's very nasty stuff (do it outside, wear a mask, etc.). I like Boeshield t-11, which is more like a wax and is also a pretty good chain lube (it was developed for aircraft -- it actually smells like an airplane).

Don't get wound up about the BB comments here. BB's wear out, especially under clydes. I've killed cheap ones in as little as 1200 miles. Expensive ones last a lot longer, especially if you clean and regrease them -- I just retired a King BB after 14,000 miles. If I only rode it in nice weather and was more fastidious with the re-greasings, it would likely have gone 20k. I'd just keep an eye on the one it shipped with, learn to regrease it and be ready to upgrade when the time comes. BBs are like tires -- great when new, but you will wear them out.
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Ran into a problem yesterday. The lock nut on top of the headset popped off while applying the front brake hard. I thought the cable had broken, but apparently the brake stop was taking so much force, it popped the lock nut off. I took it to the LBS, they said there were too few threads showing above the brake stop. They recommended a new fork.

I called Nashbar last night and they said no problem, we'll dig through the warehouse, find a suitable fork and ship it to you tomorrow. They were very apologetic. They said since I got a 59, it was hard to find a fork with enough threads? I guess they were aware of the problem, not sure. Waiting to hear from them this morning. Hoping I can get the new fork in time for my mini-tour on the 18th.

Never again will I buy a threaded/quill stem setup. What a PITA. If I had it to do over again, I would probably have gone with the Bikes Direct Windsor Tourist model as it does not have this setup.

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I know this isn't what you want to hear, but if they don't have a new fork, you can probably get a lower stack headset. If the fork was cut too short, that's a bummer. It can happen on either threadless or threaded forks.
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Good news on the support front, NB just called and said they are shipping me out a new fork and lock nut today with two day shipping for free. So it sounds like it will be here in time to get it all ready for my mini-tour.
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Good news on the support front, NB just called and said they are shipping me out a new fork and lock nut today with two day shipping for free. So it sounds like it will be here in time to get it all ready for my mini-tour.
Good news on the fork front, though Nashbar should be deeply ashamed of such sloppy manufacturing. (Can't you just see them popping open box after box of size-59 bikes in search of a suitable replacement fork? What a mess.)

I would call them and ask them to refund the cost of the installation at the LBS too. I'd do that in a nice way, suggesting that it would significantly increase my satisfaction with the purchase.

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I'd like to check out Nashbar brand bikes, but are they all plain green?
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I'd like to check out Nashbar brand bikes, but are they all plain green?
No. Some are plain black. Others are plain red.
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Nashbar shipped out the fork yesterday. Looks like it won't be here until Tuesday evening sometime. Meaning it would be Wednesday before I could get it to the LBS to get it swapped out. I think at this point I'm just going to ship the bike back. My patience has run out with it and all of the issues I've been having with it. I'm tired of hauling it to the LBS for fixes.

So yesterday, I traded in my Secteur yesterday on a 2015 Specialized AWOL, just the base model. My LBS made me a trade offer I couldn't refuse. Immediately upon riding the AWOL, it felt like a much more solid bike than the Nashbar. Nothing jumped to mind making me think, "I gotta fix that." I can't tell a difference in the Sora and Tiagra drivetrains between the two bikes. In fact, they both seem to shift as well as my 5700 105's. I didn't weigh them, but just going on feel, the Specialized feels a fuzz lighter.

This morning, I put on my pedals, seatpost, saddle and some 28 tires and took it for a spin. It feels like a really solid bike. Stops on a dime. That's something I struggled with on the Nashbar. Just feels like an overall better bike. I'm planning on taking it for a long ride in the morning to see if I dig it after that.

Hoping to get a box from my LBS to pack up the Nashbar and ship it back. Really hoping they honor their return policy.
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Enjoy your new ride!
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I'd like to hear your impressions on the AWOL as you put some miles on it. I am very close to trading my LHT towards one.
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That frame and fork are almost identical (cro-mo mains with hi-ten stays and fork) to the 1990s Trek 700 and 720. My Trek 700 in 21" (54 cm) weighs in at just over 25# with Deore and LX components and 36-spoke touring wheels, so 24# isn't unrealistic.

OP I think you made a great choice at a really good price.
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