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06-11-08, 11:14 AM
Replies: 907
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Posted By Old_Fart

Something tells me you are a long and tall Texan,...

Something tells me you are a long and tall Texan, jmonkey.

Love the swoopy seat stays.
05-30-08, 10:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,301
Posted By Old_Fart

What city are you in? What you end up with...

What city are you in?
What you end up with could in large part be dictated by what is available a reasonable distance from you. Longer distance mean more freight and may mean finding someone willing...
05-25-08, 09:28 PM
Replies: 907
Views: 395,033
Posted By Old_Fart

Those are the mounts it came with, after a bit of...

Those are the mounts it came with, after a bit of metal was removed.
05-22-08, 09:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,283
Posted By Old_Fart

Salvaged material? You know not of what you...

Salvaged material? You know not of what you speak, sir. It's all new materials from local suppliers.

The aluminum bracket may look a bit crude but the unit as a whole is actually lighter that it...
05-22-08, 01:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,283
Posted By Old_Fart

Val's new center stand is available from Aaron's...

Val's new center stand is available from Aaron's bike shop in Seattle. The new version does look a lot nicer and cleaner than his early versions. The price is a bit high but if there is enough...
05-14-08, 12:55 PM
Replies: 907
Views: 395,033
Posted By Old_Fart

I was thinking about the same thing but couldn't...

I was thinking about the same thing but couldn't find a way around it without sacrificing the utility of a good rack. Really tho, the rack is pretty durned easy to take on and off once you get the...
05-14-08, 10:36 AM
Replies: 907
Views: 395,033
Posted By Old_Fart

OK, here's a pic of the mount detail. The...

OK, here's a pic of the mount detail. The adjuster knob is a tad close to the rack but there's enough clearance so it's not an issue. In the Surly blog somewhere there's detail of how they mounted a...
05-14-08, 01:58 AM
Replies: 907
Views: 395,033
Posted By Old_Fart

Yeah, it's another Big Dummy. You're all tired of...

Yeah, it's another Big Dummy. You're all tired of seeing them now I'm sure but here you go anyway.
That's a Nice Rack on the front now to balance out the load a bit.
...
04-17-08, 06:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,016
Posted By Old_Fart

I'm planning on using my Dummy for some camping...

I'm planning on using my Dummy for some camping this summer, too. As I said above, I just mounted a Nice Rack on the front and I plan on using panniers up there, too.

My thinking is that the big...
04-17-08, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,016
Posted By Old_Fart

A high spoke count wheel on the rear is a good...

A high spoke count wheel on the rear is a good thing. For the front I imagine the biggest reason to have a similarly high spoke count wheel is to have matching wheels.

My Dummy has a 36 spoke...
04-16-08, 06:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,562
Posted By Old_Fart

I looked at the Ute the other day. My REI...

I looked at the Ute the other day. My REI panniers won't work on it. I was actually wondering if the Kona bags were proprietary to it.

One thing I really, really like about my Big Dummy with the...
04-15-08, 10:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 992
Posted By Old_Fart

Which is why I always buy at least twice as much...

Which is why I always buy at least twice as much as I think I'll need. If I don't, I WILL screw up the first try and not have enough to finish the job.
04-14-08, 10:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 992
Posted By Old_Fart

My preference is for wheels with fatter tires and...

My preference is for wheels with fatter tires and more spokes but we've all heard that argument enough.
It looks to me like you got it all together just fine. You're going to love how handy it is....
04-14-08, 09:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 901
Posted By Old_Fart

You can pick up the trail in North Bend, also....

You can pick up the trail in North Bend, also. Easiest place to pick it up is at the park where it crosses Ballarat about three blocks north of the Chevy dealership on North Bend Way. If you start...
Forum: Touring
04-08-08, 11:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,454
Posted By Old_Fart

I use a 105 front derailleur with an LX 582...

I use a 105 front derailleur with an LX 582 26/36/48 outboard bearing crankset on my Cross Check. It works fine. This is a 9-speed setup, not 10-speed however.
04-08-08, 09:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,469
Posted By Old_Fart

Wow, I feel pretty lucky. My favorite LBS is one...

Wow, I feel pretty lucky. My favorite LBS is one of the biggest Xtracycle sellers around. When I asked, he estimated they had sold about 30 of them here in Seattle. That number doesn't surprise me at...
04-02-08, 09:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,067
Posted By Old_Fart

OK, so I finally had time this evening to get in...

OK, so I finally had time this evening to get in there with calipers and figure out how much metal was removed when the LBS faced the brake tabs and if it was really necessary to make the brakes fit...
03-31-08, 12:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,067
Posted By Old_Fart

Now you two have got me wondering... When I...

Now you two have got me wondering...

When I picked up my Dummy frame the LBS had already faced the mount tabs, easily removing a couple mm of material. Exactly how much they removed I don't know...
03-30-08, 01:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,067
Posted By Old_Fart

On a normal frame it's not really a big deal to...

On a normal frame it's not really a big deal to tweak the frame back to proper alignment, nor is it really that uncommon to have to do so, especially on a low-cost steel frame such as most Surlys. On...
03-30-08, 12:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,067
Posted By Old_Fart

I ran into that problem on both my Karate Monkey...

I ran into that problem on both my Karate Monkey and on my Dummy. The problem is crappy alignment when they assembled the frame. It's not just with Avids, you will have the same problem with any disc...
03-27-08, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,137
Posted By Old_Fart

Do you have Canti/V-brakes or discs? Are you...

Do you have Canti/V-brakes or discs? Are you running straight/riser bars or something with a pull-back like Mary, H, or cruiser bars?

It seems to me that I did get away with a regular shifter...
03-27-08, 10:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,137
Posted By Old_Fart

That sounds about right. My rear brake and...

That sounds about right. My rear brake and derailleur housing lengths ended up at right about 6 feet long each. Remember that if you use tall or angled-back bars to allow for longer cables. If you...
03-17-08, 02:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 621
Posted By Old_Fart

The front rack is a Nashbar item. They make a...

The front rack is a Nashbar item. They make a little combo pannier/top bag for it but don't buy it. The bag is junk. The rack is kind of small but it's good for strapping on something no bigger that...
03-17-08, 01:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 621
Posted By Old_Fart

Well this ride is next weekend so I'm bumping the...

Well this ride is next weekend so I'm bumping the thread back to the top.

I finished building up my Big Dummy yesterday so there will be at least one there, probably a few. If you want to get...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-08, 12:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,389
Posted By Old_Fart

I had the same problem with my MTB and some...

I had the same problem with my MTB and some cheaper panniers. I've pretty much quit buying any Cannondale brand stuff. Their clothing that I bought fell apart in short order and some other...
03-15-08, 12:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,754
Posted By Old_Fart

Chris, your Dummy is a great example of what I...

Chris, your Dummy is a great example of what I like most about Surly builds (well, not so much their complete bikes). No two are quite the same. Where else will you find one bike with Veloce, XT,...
03-15-08, 12:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,754
Posted By Old_Fart

Surlys are all powdercoated.

Surlys are all powdercoated.
Forum: Commuting
03-14-08, 06:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,517
Posted By Old_Fart

Schwalbe makes several different tires in a...

Schwalbe makes several different tires in a 700x40 and 45. Also the Big Apple is available in a 2" (50), not just the 2.35 (60). Conti makes their Top Contact in 700x42 and 47. Michelin's Transworld...
03-12-08, 04:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,347
Posted By Old_Fart

I love destroying people's preconceived notions...

I love destroying people's preconceived notions about what you can do with a bike.
Although the checkers at my local grocery stores are starting to catch on, I still surprise people just about every...
03-10-08, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By Old_Fart

Wow, I'm rather surprised Cascade didn't make any...

Wow, I'm rather surprised Cascade didn't make any effort to avoid the problem the second day. After it was a problem and dozens (at least) of cars got tickets Saturday, I would think they would send...
03-10-08, 01:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By Old_Fart

Lots of SUV and Subaru drivers came back out to...

Lots of SUV and Subaru drivers came back out to find tickets on their windshields. Just because you go to a bike show doesn't mean you have any common sense, I guess.

I ride through that area a...
02-27-08, 03:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 592
Posted By Old_Fart

Easter Sunday Cargo bike meet Seattle

This will be the 13th Seattle cargo bike ride and picnic.

Click here so I don't have to type it all out again. ;) (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=392212)

Maybe a little more...
02-27-08, 03:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 621
Posted By Old_Fart

Seattle Cargo Bike Ride/Picnic Easter

I'm not sponsoring this ride but I will be there and thought I'd spread the word.

We meet Sunday, March 23rd at the South entrance to Myrtle Edwards park on the Seattle waterfront. The group...
02-07-08, 12:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 879
Posted By Old_Fart

Did you check to make sure the rim was indeed...

Did you check to make sure the rim was indeed straight and true before starting?
Did you lace the same pattern that was used on the hub previously, with the spokes oriented the same on the hub?
Did...
01-30-08, 03:00 PM
Replies: 907
Views: 395,033
Posted By Old_Fart

Drat! My secret is exposed!

Drat! My secret is exposed!
Forum: Commuting
01-29-08, 11:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By Old_Fart

Another example that common sense is anything but...

Another example that common sense is anything but common.

And of course, Chris Rock's excellent guide; How Not to Get Your Arse Kicked by the Police (http://youtube.com/watch?v=MvRXw-4mtzE)
...
01-29-08, 01:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 905
Posted By Old_Fart

Get there early for the best deals. Some of the...

Get there early for the best deals. Some of the best stuff is bought and sold between sellers before the doors open to the public.

You can share a space. I did that last year, three of us shared...
01-24-08, 01:17 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,284
Posted By Old_Fart

I'm also watching and waiting for the Stoke...

I'm also watching and waiting for the Stoke Monkey for my Xtra.

I suggest you grab a Dummy now, as soon as you can get your hands on one. From the interest I've seen talking to people around town...
01-19-08, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By Old_Fart

So, kind of thinking out loud here... The...

So, kind of thinking out loud here...

The Ezee front hub kit looks interesting. One good thing about it is that the components like the controller can be swapped out with others such as the...
01-18-08, 10:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 586
Posted By Old_Fart

Alas, if only Surly would put disc brake mounts...

Alas, if only Surly would put disc brake mounts on the Cross Check...
01-17-08, 04:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By Old_Fart

I don't want to start a rim vs. disc brake...

I don't want to start a rim vs. disc brake debate. I love my big disc brakes and I'm keepin' 'em. :D
I also am fully aware that a part of my affinity for discs is a style thing.

Cool, thanks. I...
01-17-08, 03:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By Old_Fart

Hub motors with disc breaks?

I'm narrowing down my options here for adding electric assist to my cargo bike. Right now the bike has 8" disc brakes front and rear. With the hills around here I would hate to go back to rim brakes...
01-15-08, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 825
Posted By Old_Fart

Hub motors - weight limitations?

Has anyone seen mention of, or experienced any problems related to heavy loads on hub motors?

I am looking into using some sort of kit on my Xtracycle equipped Instigator. I am familiar with the...
01-10-08, 03:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,440
Posted By Old_Fart

This is another reason to maybe revisit my...

This is another reason to maybe revisit my earlier idea of cutting off the tab on the Free Radical and welding on a higher tab.
01-10-08, 03:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,440
Posted By Old_Fart

I see a project taking shape for the Juggernaut. ...

I see a project taking shape for the Juggernaut.

I have a wheel I'm not using to take an XT hub from. A 24" Rhyno lite XL can't be too expensive. A shorter fork from either Tange, Dimension, Salsa...
01-10-08, 12:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 906
Posted By Old_Fart

Greenlake. I was in there today and they still...

Greenlake.
I was in there today and they still have at least a dozen. I saw L and XL, didn't notice what other sizes.
01-10-08, 12:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,440
Posted By Old_Fart

The decals are from bikenames.com. They were...

The decals are from bikenames.com. They were really reasonably priced and showed up within a week from ordering them online.
01-10-08, 12:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,440
Posted By Old_Fart

For reference, I just went out to the garage to...

For reference, I just went out to the garage to measure; the BB on the rig as pictured above is about 12.25 inches. My Cross Check with 700x35 tires on it is a tad over 11 inches.
01-09-08, 11:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,440
Posted By Old_Fart

Also, since the Instigator fork is sold separate...

Also, since the Instigator fork is sold separate from the frame, you could get a shorter fork and just build a 24" rear wheel. That way you would only have the expense of one wheel. Instigator fork...
01-09-08, 11:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,440
Posted By Old_Fart

Hmm, how about 24 inch wheels on an Instigator?

Hmm, how about 24 inch wheels on an Instigator?
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