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Old 02-03-19, 02:14 PM
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Commuter bike got a carbon fiber crank this weekend

I salvaged a FSA crank and BB off a CX frame I just sold which was too large; instead of letting it sit on my shelf I put it to use on my every-day commuter! Going from 170mm to 172.5 - hope I like it or at least don't notice.

My groupset doesn't match but TBH it hasn't matched since I took off the 105 levers in favor of longer Tektro ones (longer levers but more importantly longer hoods, more to grab on to)

My Nishiki got the removed, older 105 crank that went on my weekend recreational bike; I am convinced it's the only hi-tensile Nishiki in town with a 105 crank!


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I guess my only question is why put a CF crank on a commuter bike? You're not racing to work so I don't see the practical side of it, but it's your money.
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I guess it's a matter of putting something nice (and free) on the bike you ride the most.

I did something similar a while back. I built my dad a couple sturdy sawhorses, and needed a couple extra pieces of wood for the braces. Looking around the shop, I had some pieces of black walnut that were just the right size. So Dad has sawhorses with walnut braces. Overkill? Sure. Fun? Definitely!
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I guess my only question is why put a CF crank on a commuter bike? You're not racing to work so I don't see the practical side of it, but it's your money.
It was basically free because I bought the frame it came with for $60, removed the crank, BB, brakes and chainring and sold the frame and fork for $100.

I will likely put it on the cyclocross bike I have yet to build but didn't want to see it sit on the shelf until that time. When that happens, I will have a nifty BB to replace the square tapered BB I removed; PLUS I get to "upgrade" my old steel Nishiki as well!
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I guess it's a matter of putting something nice (and free) on the bike you ride the most.

I did something similar a while back. I built my dad a couple sturdy sawhorses, and needed a couple extra pieces of wood for the braces. Looking around the shop, I had some pieces of black walnut that were just the right size. So Dad has sawhorses with walnut braces. Overkill? Sure. Fun? Definitely!
Yep. Cost me $0 and if I want to put on my future race bike it will also cost me $0 to do that
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It was basically free because I bought the frame it came with for $60, removed the crank, BB, brakes and chainring and sold the frame and fork for $100.

I will likely put it on the cyclocross bike I have yet to build but didn't want to see it sit on the shelf until that time. When that happens, I will have a nifty BB to replace the square tapered BB I removed; PLUS I get to "upgrade" my old steel Nishiki as well!
I see how that deal worked out, that was a good deal then.
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That is a good looking Langster.
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When clicking on this thread, I was curious when the first "b-b-but you're not racing, why?" post would be, and I was not disappointed to see it in the #2 slot.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
When clicking on this thread, I was curious when the first "b-b-but you're not racing, why?" post would be, and I was not disappointed to see it in the #2 slot.
Same.
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Do you own any derailleurs?
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
That is a good looking Langster.
Thank you! Just got a copper rivet Brooks saddle from my little bro - debating putting it on the Langster or Nishiki
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Same.
Yep but it was this or let it sit on the shelf. I made money on this crank, technically speaking.
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Do you own any derailleurs?
Haha short answer is NOPE!

I have a deore long cage and a 600 road DR in a bucket somewhere collecting dust.

My commute (langster) is pretty darn flat so it's just a matter of weight and reliability vs having all those gears.

The red bike is mostly for riding with my kids so performance is not a big deal when tooling around the neighborhood, more about fun.

Thinking of building like a 1x10 bike with touring geometry for longer rides but that's a ways out.
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pretty cool; here in So Cal, you're always pretty much riding along a canyon or across a canyon, so gears are a must (for me)
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My local FB Marketplace has an FSA carbon crankset priced at $150, it was a power meter crank whose power meter was removed or broken. Hmmm... Not today, but hmmm...
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pretty cool; here in So Cal, you're always pretty much riding along a canyon or across a canyon, so gears are a must (for me)
Oh yeah ! For sure! I am not anti gears or an a crusade, just better from a practical standpoint, just as gears are a better answer for you, practically speaking.

If I lived on one of the many hills here I would DEFINITELY have more gears. As it is, I live next to the river so as long as I am going east and west it's flat. N and S is a different story.
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my local fb marketplace has an fsa carbon crankset priced at $150, it was a power meter crank whose power meter was removed or broken. Hmmm... Not today, but hmmm...
do it! Yolo
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When clicking on this thread, I was curious when the first "b-b-but you're not racing, why?" post would be, and I was not disappointed to see it in the #2 slot.
I'm sure glad there are people on forums like this that can be so jerkish, without such where would these forums be? due to the lack of entertainment that people like this bring to forums these forums probably wouldn't exist. So needless to say I was wondering when someone would bring that subject up, and you didn't fail.
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I think it pairs very well with the whole look

You should replace the silver 105 calipers with a set of black ones.
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I'm sure glad there are people on forums like this that can be so jerkish, without such where would these forums be? due to the lack of entertainment that people like this bring to forums these forums probably wouldn't exist. So needless to say I was wondering when someone would bring that subject up, and you didn't fail.
Too late, joke already made.
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I think it pairs very well with the whole look

You should replace the silver 105 calipers with a set of black ones.
Thanks hadn't thought of that.... come to think of it... there's a set of black SRAM Red calipers on Seattle Craigslist right now and guess who's headed that way on business this week?
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But hey, @greatscott , I do see you're new here. There's kind of a trope in the Commuting subforum where self-appointed Commuting Bike Police pass judgment on what other people ride to work. And so it's de rigeur to rib them back. You just happened to be the lucky (or unlucky) winner of this particular race.
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But hey, @greatscott , I do see you're new here. There's kind of a trope in the Commuting subforum where self-appointed Commuting Bike Police pass judgment on what other people ride to work. And so it's de rigeur to rib them back. You just happened to be the lucky (or unlucky) winner of this particular race.
I pretty much ask for it by posting pics of my $10 Nishiki with Kenda Small Block 8 tires on it (free to me because my little brother likes upgrades but you guys don't know that!)

Same thing with my $110 Langster with the carbon fiber crank. I am the king of upside down bike builds I guess, but yeah, everyone does have their own idea of what comprises a 'commuter' along with do's and don'ts
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I pretty much ask for it by posting pics of my $10 Nishiki with Kenda Small Block 8 tires on it (free to me because my little brother likes upgrades but you guys don't know that!)

Same thing with my $110 Langster with the carbon fiber crank. I am the king of upside down bike builds I guess, but yeah, everyone does have their own idea of what comprises a 'commuter' along with do's and don'ts
You've seen my *free* Diamondback with Compass tires on it, right?
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You've seen my *free* Diamondback with Compass tires on it, right?
Actually I have! sometimes I just want to say "I like working on my bikes; whether they "need" it or not. Sue me? I could be in to heroin!"
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