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Evolution of “Da Beast”

Old 09-29-23, 12:16 PM
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Evolution of “Da Beast”


Arrived 6-7 years ago

The original “Spec”, now called “Judd”

Upgrades: Shimano BB, Sugino single speed crankset, Speedplay Zero pedals, 52T track chainring, KNC gold single speed chain, Wheelbuilder 32H hub set w/ coaster brake, 13T sprocket, DT Swiss spokes, Velocity Dyad 32H rims, Continental Contact Speed 28-406 tires

Upgrades: Deda Metal Blast extensions, gold end plugs, QuadLock phone mount

Back wheel laced 2X, Front wheel laced radially w/ 16 spokes, Gold presto valve caps on Continental compact 20 slim tubes

Elite group: Sekane rear saddle mount, Ala bottle cages, Baysi tool storage bottle, Deboyo stainless steel water bottle

Original equipment left Frame, fork, folding stem, handlebars & grips, seatpost

The saddle was replaced after a collision w/ another cyclist. “Da Beast” as she has evolved. An enjoyable build! What’s next?
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Old 09-30-23, 09:11 AM
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I like! Great when a rider takes a bike to suit their style.

With the extensions, do you experience some flex in the stem?

My Shaulbe tires are finally wearing out on my Mercier Mini-Velo so I’m looking at those Conti tires to try next.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
I like! Great when a rider takes a bike to suit their style.

With the extensions, do you experience some flex in the stem?

My Shaulbe tires are finally wearing out on my Mercier Mini-Velo so I’m looking at those Conti tires to try next.
Thanks, fun ride! With regards to the stem, no flex w/ mini extensions. The pads are for my wrists so, not much force can be exerted on the stem.
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Those Continental Sport Contact aren't very good, I would advice to use the newest Continental Contact Urban that are faster, stronger and last longer.
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Originally Posted by Jipe
Those Continental Sport Contact aren't very good, I would advice to use the newest Continental Contact Urban that are faster, stronger and last longer.
I’ve got the Urbans on my other folder (Dahon Mu). They ride smoother & are durable but the Sports on this bike are a better fit on the slimmer profile of the Velocity rims (much more aero). Thanks for the input though.

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Saddle side story


Involved in a somewhat serious collision @ the end of a workout ride during the pandemic. As you can see, my ass tweaked to hell my original saddle. They didn’t have a replacement in black so, settled for a grey of the same model.
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Solid axle to quick releases

To assist with wheel removal for flat fixes (luckily yet to experience w/ this bike), replacing the solid axles and flanged nuts to hollow axles and quick releases.
Front wheel was pretty straightforward but, the rear wheel had a coaster brake to deal with and the hub spacing is 120mm. The supplied rear axle in the change kit was for a 135mm hub so, had to cut the rear axle and clean, grease & reassemble the brake assembly. The brake arm was really cranked on so had to have a LBS loosen that side.
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Text is cheap. And boring. Post pics.
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Originally Posted by Ron Damon
Text is cheap. And boring. Post pics.
Oops, thought I included.

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Kind of a mixed bag day. Thanks to my LBS for loosening the over tightened brake arm nut.

Bearings & races, brake shoes & hub were cleaned & lubed. When reassembling the rear hub w/ the hollow axle, the threading was not compatible. Side by side, the solid axle threads did not appear to differ from the hollow axle’s but the brake “cone” would not screw on. With the front axle, threaded bearing cups & nuts from the conversion kit were used so there were no issues. Need to find a compatible threaded hollow axle preferably 120mm long, Anyone out there come across this problem?

Positives for today, front end is now quick release, front & rear hubs along with coaster brake have been cleaned and lubed and SDSU moves on to the 2nd round in March Madness. Go Aztecs!
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When reassembling the rear hub w/ the hollow axle, the threading was not compatible. Side by side, the solid axle threads did not appear to differ from the hollow axle’s but the brake “cone” would not screw on. With the front axle, threaded bearing cups & nuts from the conversion kit were used so there were no issues. Need to find a compatible threaded hollow axle preferably 120mm long,
It appears, coaster brake axles are solid 3/8”x24tpi. Front axles & quick release axles are 3/8”x26tpi. Apparently hollow axles are not available in 24tpi so, plan B. Tire lever/axle nut tool included in my flat fix kit.
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Originally Posted by Need41speed
It appears, coaster brake axles are solid 3/8”x24tpi. Front axles & quick release axles are 3/8”x26tpi. Apparently hollow axles are not available in 24tpi so, plan B. Tire lever/axle nut tool included in my flat fix kit.
Can you share where you found this? Looks much nicer than the Park Tool single speed spanner.
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Portland Design Works “3 Wrencho” off of Amazon
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Portland Design Works “3 Wrencho” off of Amazon
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The final fix for flat servicing has been installed. Got a pr of 10-32 knurled nuts and a 5/8” 10-32 set screw to secure the coaster brake arm. The Wrencho tool for the rear axle nuts & the quick release on the front has resolved this worry.
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LitePro & KustomCaps additions


Double leg kickstand & chainring bolts by LitePro

Presta valve collars & caps by KustomCaps

Sierra Hotel cockpit. Litepro, Deda & Quadlock make it work.

Powder coating coming soon…

Da Beast is the the “hanger”

Bat’s view of my new cockpit
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