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Old 07-06-19, 05:48 PM
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New Bike Complete

I've had a few projects brewing this last winter and have always been slow to complete and ride them. This bike is one of two matching bikes for the wife and I. Today was it's first bike club ride, although with me (the leader) being the only rider to show this detail really doesn't mater It's what I call a Sunday bike. Light, practically laid out, low gearing (I am in the central/western NYS and older then my fantasies are).

A mix of True Temper, Nova and Columbus tubes. Slightly OS (TT and Steerer are 28.6 and DT is 31.8) with medium/thin walls. I've been slowly slacking the ST angles and lowering my drops the last ten years, this one has 73.5* ST and 7.5cm of drop. 72* HA with a 44mm rake produces about a 63mm trail. Rear end is 42cm long and size is 47 c-c of sloping TT.

This might be my nicest riding Sunday bike ever. While a tad more road information is transmitted to me the slight increase of stiffness and quickening handling geometry makes this bike like a fit and strong rider. Too bad I don't quite meet that bar more of the time. Today I did 40 miles of nickel and diming hills (51 ft per mile) hitting 44mph max and 10% of that going up more then a few times.

Paint by Todd, another nice job he's done for me.

Sorry about the image quality. It rained the last 15 miles and still moist air when I got home for these shots. No wipe off for the camera. Andy



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Old 07-06-19, 11:04 PM
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Looks sweet!
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That looks great, Andy. Thanks for posting pictures. Do you have construction pictures online?
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Eric- I will in time. I want to get the wife's bike rolling but she's laid up after back surgery and it will be a few more weeks before she's good to test the bike's set up. I'll revisit this thread then. Thanks, Andy
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A triple? WTF?!
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That's a nice looking bike! The triple would be right at home here in hilly Seattle.
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It's funny how one's methods come into then out of fashion a few times in one's life. Steel frames, triple cranks or flannel shirts are examples in my life. I've ridden, built, shifted, wore these for decades and watched the world around swing this way or that way. The current wave of fewer gears with wider steps between each ratio really gets me. I suspect in a decade or two front shifting will be reintroduced and the newbies will claim "Wow! Having more then one chain really helps me find that perfect gear every time." Andy.
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The late Jocylin Lovell had a track bike with 2 chains for just that purpose. It was apparently legal to use in racing. The first chain was for starting out, then the cog would fall off and the other chain would be used.
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Shades of the SunTour Hole Shot 2 speed BMX system. Andy
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Very nice frame, great looking fillets, and a really good set up(also a longtime, and still, triple guy).

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