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what to do with a caad frame? cant decide..

Old 04-17-16, 03:16 PM
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what to do with a caad frame? cant decide..

so any suggestions...

1)I either want to build up a single speed with cowhorns and a single brake on front..

2)build up a down tube friction shift flat bar bike.. or mustache bars..

3) just a boring old 9speed... built with some old durace/ultegra group i have stored away...


i dont really want to do number 3.. i have two good bikes i kinda want a frankin bike but ever time i go to start getting a list of final parts together i cannot decide on the plan... perhaps there is some third option i have not considered yet?
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Originally Posted by scuzzo View Post
so any suggestions...

1)I either want to build up a single speed with cowhorns and a single brake on front..

2)build up a down tube friction shift flat bar bike.. or mustache bars..

3) just a boring old 9speed... built with some old durace/ultegra group i have stored away...


i dont really want to do number 3.. i have two good bikes i kinda want a frankin bike but ever time i go to start getting a list of final parts together i cannot decide on the plan... perhaps there is some third option i have not considered yet?
1. What kind of dropouts does it have?
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
1. What kind of dropouts does it have?
going to have to go with a tension wheel.. i have a really nice campy record 8sp der that will work fine. seems like sacrilege,, or buy one ..
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Sell it to me for $50. Problem solved.
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What kind of CAAD?
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I don't know what's boring about a 9 speed road bike. Better than ruining it with a single speed and some ridiculous looking hipster bars.
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
1. What kind of dropouts does it have?
the OP could get a White Industries ENO eccentric SS/FG hub, and build up a very lightweight FG bike.

I did this with an old Pedal Force frameset, and use it for commuting. Sub 15 pounds is easy to achieve this way.
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I don't know what's boring about a 9 speed road bike. Better than ruining it with a single speed and some ridiculous looking hipster bars.
There is a time and place for a fixie but I wouldn't bastardize a CAAD or any other classic geared road bike. Also wouldn't do flat bar conversion. If it's 9 speed it should be spaced for 10 or 11 so throw some new wheels on and 5800 group or sell the frame to someone who will
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Please, please, Please don't turn it into a fixie. Sell, or make a proper road bike. In my opinion., of course.
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Well, it requires a quill stem, I could never get the fit right on it because of that, perhaps I will turn it into a 9 sp with down tube shift. Or I will just build it up as a 9sp.. But the I have to get an a headset adapter and source some 44 bars
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If you wanna do something different with the frame I say go for it. I totally dont get why anyone would care if you turn it into a fixie or not..
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How large of tires will fit? Make it a cross/gravel grinder. Or a dedicated trainer bike.
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Originally Posted by shafter View Post
Please, please, Please don't turn it into a fixie. Sell, or make a proper road bike. In my opinion., of course.
Why not use the frame for a FG bike?
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Originally Posted by scuzzo View Post
Well, it requires a quill stem, I could never get the fit right on it because of that, perhaps I will turn it into a 9 sp with down tube shift. Or I will just build it up as a 9sp.. But the I have to get an a headset adapter and source some 44 bars
I've used an adapter to fit a threadless type stem on a threaded headset setup. Worked well. Didn't look bad. I liked it.

On another note, you don't have to keep every old frame. Except for one steel frame with lasting nostalgic value I like moving them in and out. Besides that one, none of the rest are sacred. My limit is three in the garage at a time. If I want something new, something old has to go. Just my idiosyncrasy, but that is how I play it.
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Originally Posted by scuzzo View Post
Well, it requires a quill stem, I could never get the fit right on it because of that.
Why not?
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flat bar
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it will be a cheaper built if you use a set of rapid fire or grip shift MTB shifters
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Do whatever the hell you want with the frame is my input. Who cares if it's a single speed? I'd take those over dt setups for city commuting anyday.

If you do decide on bullhorns though, I recommend barends for easier access.

Also, this is my touring bike setup. Maybe it'll inspire an idea Numb3rs 4
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Do whatever the hell you want with the frame is my input. Who cares if it's a single speed? I'd take those over dt setups for city commuting anyday.
+1

I hate to see a truly great/rare frame ruined, but a FG conversion with an eccentric hub doesn't harm anything, and CAAD frames are a dime a dozen.
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Couldn't get the fit right because of a quill stem?
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how about a 1x flat bar townie crusher. still run 25s on it, a 1x10 setup or whatever, flat bars with front and back brakes and a rear shifter. super commuter
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DANG!!! THAT LOOKS FUN!!! but how did you deal with the drop outs.. what are the gear ratios?
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Couldn't get the fit right because of a quill stem?
the cannondale just did not fit right .. the quill stem i had was like a -17 sake. it woud never give me the rise i wanted.. and i dont want hunt for some other quill that may be a -5 which is what i prefer.. it just always felt small, it could have been the crontrol tech 0 seat post.. i will just get an adapter and toss on a stem with more angle.
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Originally Posted by scuzzo View Post
the cannondale just did not fit right .. the quill stem i had was like a -17 sake. it woud never give me the rise i wanted.. and i dont want hunt for some other quill that may be a -5 which is what i prefer.. it just always felt small, it could have been the crontrol tech 0 seat post.. i will just get an adapter and toss on a stem with more angle.
Quill stems with rise are easy to find, and you can also adjust the bar height with most quill stems.

A modern threadless stem will allow more handlebar options though.
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scuzzo, I'm using a White Industries ENO hub and 46 / 17 or 18 gearing.
It works well but there can be some problems setting up the rear brake as the height of the wheel changes as you adjust for chain tension.
Also converted the BB30 to English with the FSA adapter
It's a fun bike.
Mysteriously,the frame got slightly dented before it's inaugural road ride and I received a warranty replacement.
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