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Old 01-20-18, 08:07 PM
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Why would you purposely run your seatpost backwards? Also, since we are talking about those "drops" what is up with those?
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Old 01-20-18, 09:14 PM
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I think those drop ends are magical, donít change a thing.
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that bike sucks.
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Originally Posted by REDMASTA
I think those drop ends are magical, donít change a thing.
They're not even drop ends. They're like drop halfway middles.
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Old 01-20-18, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by czr
Yeah the seatpost is completely accidental, thanks for letting me know. The drops are just kinda drops that let me get lower and go faster. They are about shoulder width wide and feel really good. They are called "drop ends" but would be way to wide if I had them at the end of the bars so I played around with them until I got something that worked while also keeping the original risers and brake levers functional. It does look weird though I admit.
You could put a Nitto 66 on it and have an intentionally backward looking seatpost...
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Careful, you don't want people to think you're a triathlete.
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This is worse than the chop and flop......I think.
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they're so narrow. I can't imagine that's comfortable at all...or safe.

Originally Posted by czr
I want to be better.
Just lose those drops and turn the seatpost around and you've got a perfectly fine bike. Ride, fix a few flats, and keep everything greased and tight and you'll have more biking experience than a lot of people who post pictures of their bike(s) on bf.
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Old 01-21-18, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by EchoBravo
Attempting my first build at the ripe age of 49. Bike is a '77 Takara. HiTen/lugged 25" (6'6"/215). I'm about a week in...frame, stripped and primed. Parts being acquired; going low-budget just to get a feel for how the building game works.

The forum wont let me post links, as I'm a NooB here. So...photos to follow.
Just posted my first SS build and you've only got me by a year, so don't sweat that.

As for the hi-ten '77 Takara, I hope your experience is better than mine was.
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Old 01-21-18, 01:31 PM
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Been waiting for the right bike for my first SS build. Got it.
I want to make a comment. But it would be considered inappropriate here. Please post your bike in this thread so that I can state my opinion.

Another "What don't you like about my bike" thread, anybody?
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Old 01-21-18, 03:11 PM
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modified bike

I made some changes to my fixed gear bike since Tim gave me a few parts:

Shimano 105 brake calipers
Nitto UI-86 stem
Blackburn Carbon fiber frame pump

Also, it previously had a frame bag and rear brake caliper which were removed.

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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet
I want to make a comment. But it would be considered inappropriate here. Please post your bike in this thread so that I can state my opinion.

Another "What don't you like about my bike" thread, anybody?
I am hoping that the add on drop bar guy posts in this thread as well.
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Old 01-21-18, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2
I am hoping that the add on drop bar guy posts in this thread as well.
I think the add-on drops should be mounted on top, and aiming rearward. Then he has a pair of risers and a pair of Northroad townie bars. I mean, if he really wants to compete with Reverse-Chop-'n-Flop, he can't run the drops the way they were actually intended, right?

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I got bored and put some wide risers on my Wabi just for fun. Am I doing it right?



Also, dat clearance.

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That bike is very on trend.
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Originally Posted by Flatulentfox

Paselas?

That's what we'd call "*** paper clearance" BITD (nothing to do with gender identity).
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Old 01-21-18, 09:44 PM
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Old 01-22-18, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by J.Oxley
Just posted my first SS build and you've only got me by a year, so don't sweat that.

As for the hi-ten '77 Takara, I hope your experience is better than mine was.
I expect it to have the integrity of a career politician; it's a 64cm Hi-Ten frame...but its straight and has pretty lugs.

I'm not spending a ton of money--it's all eBay/Amazon "specials" or bike shop parts bin stuff. I am spending a fair bit of time on the prep and paint and am very pleased so far as to how it looks. I'm really using this as a learning project as I have never done much more than adjust brakes or chage tires.

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Old 01-22-18, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by EchoBravo
I expect it to have the integrity of a career politician; it's a 64cm Hi-Ten frame...but its straight and has pretty lugs.
I have a Takara hi-ten road bike frame from about the late '70s (much smaller than yours, though). It's been great! I've ridden it almost every day in 2018. I've gotten better use out of it than I'd ever expect from a $25 frame.
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Originally Posted by EchoBravo
I'm really using this as a learning project as I have never done much more than adjust brakes or chage tires.
Been there. Enjoy!!
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Originally Posted by Broctoon
I have a Takara hi-ten road bike frame from about the late '70s (much smaller than yours, though). It's been great! I've ridden it almost every day in 2018. I've gotten better use out of it than I'd ever expect from a $25 frame.
Pleased to hear that. I remember them being rather popular around here in the day. We had a big bike shop (Patio Bikes) in Milwaukee that I believe sold them.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Paselas?

That's what we'd call "*** paper clearance" BITD (nothing to do with gender identity).
Paselas indeed. They are a great compromise as far as comfort, durability/longevity, and price.

Hah, love the *** paper clearance.
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Originally Posted by Flatulentfox

Also, dat clearance.

When I first got my Wabi, I was running clearance just like that. First ride: scratched the **** out of the paint on the back of the seattube because the tire was picking up little stones and scraping the frame. There's my word of warning.

I added a link to the chain, pulled the wheel further back in the dropouts, and it was fine. Still feel like a dummy, though.
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Originally Posted by the sci guy
Some post Harvey flood upgrades to Henry for 2018 - most notably new wheels! Finally ditched the deep rim fixie style wheels to go with a more classic look.

Nice. What drops are those.
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