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Updated "Kamikaze" road bike *pics*

Old 06-01-07, 05:43 PM
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Updated "Kamikaze" road bike *pics*

Okay..well I updated a few things on this bike, some of you may remember. New saddle, new aero brake levers, and new bar tape. The color matches pretty well. Next up will be new tires, then I think it'll be good to start tooling around on! (Never done bar tape before, hope I did it right)







And this is what it looked like before:




*Whoops, just realized I'll probobly have to re-route the right brake cable under the bar...oh well.
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Old 06-01-07, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by screaminDOHC
*Whoops, just realized I'll probobly have to re-route the right brake cable under the bar...oh well.
Why not wrap the cables under the tape up to the stem? Looks good though.
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Ummmm...chief....cables UNDER the tape...



Other than that...lose the reflectors and kick stand, and it looks really good.
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Old 06-01-07, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by grahny
Why not wrap the cables under the tape up to the stem? Looks good though.
+1. My thought too. I have my s/s rigged under the tape with aero levers.
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Old 06-01-07, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
Ummmm...chief....cables UNDER the tape...



Other than that...lose the reflectors and kick stand, and it looks really good.

I had no idea...Whoops! The Sette tape isn't that adhesive. can I take the tape off and re-do it?
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hahaha..

looks great! I rejuvinated a late 80's junk Peugeot last summer and had a ton of fun riding it for two months..

lose the reflectors, fix cable routing and you are good to go!!
next up- good new tires...

enjoy!

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I'm a pretty avid mtn biker, and wanted to see how I feel about road cycling. I think that this will be a good starter to use this summer and see if it's something I intend to stick with! The aero levers seem MUCH more comfortable than the early 80s suicide levers. :-) It still has 10 years worth of dust on it. It ought to look much nicer once I clean and polish it. I'm not sure how I feel about the chrome rims though. The brakes squeek, is that because of the chrome rim? Or the 23 year old brake pads?
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Originally Posted by Revtor
hahaha..

looks great! I rejuvinated a late 80's junk Peugeot last summer and had a ton of fun riding it for two months..

lose the reflectors, fix cable routing and you are good to go!!
next up- good new tires...

enjoy!

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Any advice on some nice tires on the cheap? I don't want to sink too much money into this one (I've already got a grand total of like 60 dollars into it!) Bar tape was 10 bucks, Aero Tektro levers were 21.99, and the Sette seat was 24.99 lol.
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Old 06-01-07, 06:21 PM
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If it's non-adhesive tape, you should be able to easily re-wrap the bars. And if the pads are that old, DEFINITELY get new pads. Tires/tubes too.
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You should be able to take the bar tape off and put it back on, just make sure you have some electrical tape to secure the loose end. If you don't have tape--> check a local hardware store, 3m (I think is the manufacturer) makes electrical tape in several colors: blue, black, white, yellow, red, brown, and green; all of the colors for electrical work, how convenient for cyclists that want stuff to match.

Also, you will want to reroute the rear brake cable, and shorten both of the brake cable housings, they look way to long as it is, they will be really long when you get them put under the bar tape.

Good luck, other than the cables it looks real nice so far.
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Old 06-01-07, 06:29 PM
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Now the question is, does Kamikaze mean Divine Wind, or suicide?
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Originally Posted by Yoshi
Now the question is, does Kamikaze mean Divine Wind, or suicide?
Depends on the length and negative grade of the hill... and if he gets new brake pads or not
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They're 27" tires, right?? or 700? eitherway, go to Nashbar.com
and use this code at checkout: W231 for 10% of thru 6/18. (Some times the codes don't work)

get cheapies tires/ tubes and brakepads and riiiide!
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Yes, 27" tires. Tubes, tires, and brake pads are next. I took it around the block, it rides nice and smooth (at 23 years old its got way less than 100 miles on it since new) and the Suntour Power ratcheting shifters aren't as terrible as I thought. They are actually pretty nice.
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Continental makes an excellent tire in 27 x 1 1/8. Not relly pleased with Forte GT3s.
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...passed a guy on one of these today. His could really have used an overhaul. It sounded like it was going to rattle to pieces in the next mile or so.
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Originally Posted by theshoemaker
...passed a guy on one of these today. His could really have used an overhaul. It sounded like it was going to rattle to pieces in the next mile or so.
Really? I've never seen another one in my entire life lol. :-) This one is nearly brand new, it's smooth as can be.
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Originally Posted by screaminDOHC
Really? I've never seen another one in my entire life lol. :-) This one is nearly brand new, it's smooth as can be.
I don't know that I've seen another either. But I'm sure it was. The name sticks when you read it. I got a good look and it was pretty darn similar from what I remember too.
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Looks pretty nice, remove kickstand, reflectors, dork disk.
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Originally Posted by maalea
remove kickstand
Incorrect.
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Very nice job...now maybe some blue tires.....sorry I was having a shallow moment .

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