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Old 04-24-18, 08:26 PM
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New bars on the Trek. . . .

Trek 420 Fixie New Bars by John Mortensen, on Flickr

Trek 420 New Bars 2 by John Mortensen, on Flickr
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Old 04-24-18, 09:41 PM
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ceelint wow that wabi is great, super clean!
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15.9 lb as pictured.









https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/2018-...z-custom-37179


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Old 04-25-18, 03:02 PM
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very nice Mr. Tim H.!!!!

Enjoy those tires - they're fast. I use them on my my race bike with latex tubes and I'm still not used to how soft and supple they are; feels like I have a flat!
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Looks nice Tim! But it needs black cranks now
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Old 04-26-18, 12:30 PM
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My fixed Huffy Nel Lusso. I built the wheels out of trash from the backyard during downtime at the shop I used to work at, then put them on a cruiser frame rotting in the overgrowth behind my house. The original one-piece crank developed scary chainring play within five minutes, so a few months later I converted it to three-piece. It took on a life of its own from there. At this point I've replaced every part on the frame, mostly components salvaged from other junkers or repairs. The latest change is the tires, 26x2.3" folding bead DTH's which I did buy new. Currently on the lookout for some black handlebars.

I'm proud of the Brooks, a friend gave it to me totally mangled and I managed to oil, bend, and tension it back to rideability. Other details are the nice little bell, luxurious polished and knurled oversize valve caps, and wheel light with dead batteries. I love riding this bike, it's extremely comfortable and just... cruises. Now I wish I had bothered to use stainless spokes rather than galvanized in the rear wheel
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very nice Mr. Tim H.!!!!

Enjoy those tires - they're fast. I use them on my my race bike with latex tubes and I'm still not used to how soft and supple they are; feels like I have a flat!

Very nysss! Are those Vittoria's G+ Graphite tires? I'm about to use the last of my stock of my go-to rubber and was thinking of trying something different for a change. Noticed them awhile back and they are #1 on my list of possibilities...
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Old 04-27-18, 08:53 AM
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eeuuugh, your bike is kinda ugly, but also kinda awesome. The last 2 rides posted here are at opposite ends of the spectrum and each very cool in its own way. Most of us cannot afford a bike like Tim's custom Rodriguez. For those who can, what a beautiful, fast, lightweight machine! Your Huffy on the other hand, though almost free, is no doubt heavy as a boat anchor and quite slow. If it's comfortable and fun to ride, those qualities are worth a lot. (Easy to carry lots of stuff too, no?)
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Old 04-27-18, 02:47 PM
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My first single speed built from an ancient mountain bike...

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Old 04-27-18, 05:19 PM
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Thanks @Broctoon I appreciate the "kinda awesome" ! The bike is definitely still a cruiser... slow and comfortable. I ride slower on a fixed gear anyway for safety's sake, so why gild the lily? I wouldn't call it heavy though, it's much lighter than it started out.
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Damnit almost how I was planning to build my next fixed gear which is probably also going to be a Rod. Luckily I was planning black cranks and my wheels are 3x.
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Those Corsa G+ are excellent, I wish I had found them sooner. I was never a Vittoria person but I started running Challenge open tubulars and then started hearing about graphene and was like OK let's do it and now I am hooked!
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Damnit almost how I was planning to build my next fixed gear which is probably also going to be a Rod. Luckily I was planning black cranks and my wheels are 3x.
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Those Corsa G+ are excellent, I wish I had found them sooner. I was never a Vittoria person but I started running Challenge open tubulars and then started hearing about graphene and was like OK let's do it and now I am hooked!
The Rubino G+ Speed is super fast rolling, extremely supple and forgiving. I have absolute confidence when I ride these. They wear very fast though and if you skid they will wear out in that spot and die early.

I'm still playing with the pressure on the Corsa G+ and not really an apples to apples comparison (road bike vs fixed gear, 1300 gram wheels vs 1600 gram) but I think I might like the Rubino G+ Speed better than the Corsa G+. Price is comparable If you shop around.

I'm wondering about the Corsa G+ Speed but $80/tire is too much for a short lived consumable.

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The Rubino G+ Speed is super fast rolling, extremely supple and forgiving. I have absolute confidence when I ride these. They wear very fast though and if you skid they will wear out in that spot and die early.

I'm still playing with the pressure on the Corsa G+ and not really an apples to apples comparison (road bike vs fixed gear, 1300 gram wheels vs 1600 gram) but I think I might like the Rubino G+ Speed better than the Corsa G+. Price is comparable If you shop around.

I'm wondering about the Corsa G+ Speed but $80/tire is too much for a short lived consumable.

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If you are skidding tires like that you should be banned from bikes. Do it on those hideous Thickslick abominations not a nice tire, people!!!!!! I will have to try those Rubinos but I like the Corsa name better.
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If you are skidding tires like that you should be banned from bikes. Do it on those hideous Thickslick abominations not a nice tire, people!!!!!! I will have to try those Rubinos but I like the Corsa name better.
No, I'm sorry. I didn't mean fixie skid stops or anything like that. LoL.

I mean threshold braking and you just happen to lock up a rear wheel. You know, just riding hard and braking hard and happen to squeeze the lever a touch too much and the rear locks a bit. It happens if you ride hard. Or someone pulls out in front of you or a dog runs out or something. The tire will flat spot and then the flat spot will wear exponentially faster than the rest of the tire.

Something about the graphene - it just deteriorates very quickly after it gets abraded.
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Old 04-29-18, 07:15 PM
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Slammed my stem today

was feeling brave and slammed the stem on my fixed gear bike.
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Old 04-30-18, 10:40 AM
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No, I'm sorry. I didn't mean fixie skid stops or anything like that. LoL.

I mean threshold braking and you just happen to lock up a rear wheel. You know, just riding hard and braking hard and happen to squeeze the lever a touch too much and the rear locks a bit. It happens if you ride hard. Or someone pulls out in front of you or a dog runs out or something. The tire will flat spot and then the flat spot will wear exponentially faster than the rest of the tire.

Something about the graphene - it just deteriorates very quickly after it gets abraded.
Gotcha. I figured you weren't doing skidzzzzz.
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Old 04-30-18, 11:34 AM
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This is really good to know. I have some graphine tires on one of my rides and I love them. Better take care of them and no shenanigans.
It's really hard to roll past a big patch of leaves though😃
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Old 05-02-18, 11:21 AM
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By jove, he did it. Welcome to the rest of your life - you've arrived.
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Old 05-05-18, 07:28 PM
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I'm thinking about putting risers on this bc it's super unpleasant after about the 5km mark and the drops seem way too deep for me, a shorter stem might help this one seems way too long. for now though I put on some profile design tape to keep the vibrations off my hands bc the old stitched leather socks weren't doing anything for me lol. side note, does anyone know where to find those BMX grips with the stars all over them?
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Old 05-05-18, 08:00 PM
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I'm thinking about putting risers on this bc it's super unpleasant after about the 5km mark and the drops seem way too deep for me, a shorter stem might help this one seems way too long.
Those bars are super deep. If I were you, I'd first look at either a shallow classic bend or a compact drop bar. A shorter reach and shallower drop should do a lot to make the drops usable. Although that is a pretty long stem, and that's not helping you either.
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Old 05-05-18, 08:32 PM
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Those bars are super deep. If I were you, I'd first look at either a shallow classic bend or a compact drop bar. A shorter reach and shallower drop should do a lot to make the drops usable. Although that is a pretty long stem, and that's not helping you either.
Thanks for the advice! yeah I bought it this way and I just haven't had time to get it fitted to myself yet but the stem seems enormous, I think it was way too small for the previous owner hence the way it's set up now.
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Old 05-05-18, 10:23 PM
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Yeah those drops are ridiculous. Are these the grips you mean? https://www.retro-gression.com/colle...ity-star-grips
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Yup those are the ones I meant, I've been trying to find somewhere that wasn't sold out of them thank you. I thought they would be the perfect finishing touch or possibly a touch too much for a frame also covered in stars
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Old 05-08-18, 11:42 AM
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Nice bike. How long is the head tube and effective tup tube?
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