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Not the best pic, but whatever. Happy new year everyone!

*edit: and no, it's not an All City, but I had that sticker lying around and it just worked. In my defense, the bike does have an All City saddle and chain ring lol
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Not the best pic, but whatever. Happy new year everyone!

*edit: and no, it's not an All City, but I had that sticker lying around and it just worked. In my defense, the bike does have an All City saddle and chain ring lol
So it's an All City you say? LOLOL. Like the color and always love SS/FG cross stuff.
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So it's an All City you say? LOLOL. Like the color and always love SS/FG cross stuff.
Lol, and thanks - I was gonna buy the matte black version, but a buddy talked me into going with the more daring neon green option. Glad I took his advice, the color has really grown on me.
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Sometime in the past month or so some guy posted questions in a thread here about riding "a Century" on a fixed bike. That thread reminded me how much I used to like riding long distances until I had a whoopsie that turned into a longer-term problem that turned me into a ***** mostly cruising around. That thread woke me up from my stupor and I used it as an impetus to get really rolling again. The past few weeks I did a few metrics - this morning I headed out on my 1st Imperial in longer that I care to admit.

Unfortunately I fell into my old familiar problematic habits - too fast, too early , and foolishly poor hydration and nutrition, but I did manage to make it home...barely. Close to the very end, as I was about to bonk - I had to stop and take these pics...

My trip was never too far from places I could glom some nourishment - but since I'm hoping to try hanging with some of our real Rando peeps in future, I have got to get smarter, and rethink what to carry...
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Originally Posted by j_e_r_e_m_y View Post
Lol, and thanks - I was gonna buy the matte black version, but a buddy talked me into going with the more daring neon green option. Glad I took his advice, the color has really grown on me.
The official 100% BFSSFG color chart:
Neon green to look extra clean
Neon yellow if you want to look extra mellow
Neon red and you might be a fred
Neon black, you must be smoking crack
Neon blue is always a good color, foo
Neon purple, nothing makes a rhyme and that is a crime
And if you go with white you will be up all night!
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Neon black, you must be smoking crack
Duuuuuuuuude.... you just broke my brain making me try to picture what neon black looks like
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Duuuuuuuuude.... you just broke my brain making me try to picture what neon black looks like
Crack is whack, jack! You best head on back to your shack and get off that smack.
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That's an awesome bike! What crankset is that? Curious about the saddle, why the backward tilt?

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I totally dig the patina you have there!
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
What crankset is that?
They appear to be sugino super mighty
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They appear to be sugino super mighty
Not quite, but you are close. See my reply.
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That's an awesome bike! What crankset is that? Curious about the saddle, why the backward tilt?

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Thanks ! The crankarms are 1970s Sugino Mighty Compe road with a track chainring. Back then, road cranks had a 144mm BCD spider, same as track cranks are today. The saddle tilt is normal for a Brooks Pro, and the seating surface is actually horizontal that way.
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Thanks ! The crankarms are 1970s Sugino Mighty Compe road with a track chainring. Back then, road cranks had a 144mm BCD spider, same as track cranks are today. The saddle tilt is normal for a Brooks Pro, and the seating surface is actually horizontal that way.
just for clarification here: most road cranks back then didn’t have 144bcd. There was and still is a lot of variation. The two companies that used 144bcd for both road and track were campagnolo and sugino. Mostly because sugino was very largely copying campagnolo. Shimano used 130 for road and 151 for track, before settling on 144 for track. Eventually campagnolo settled on 135 for road cranks.
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just for clarification here: most road cranks back then didn’t have 144bcd. There was and still is a lot of variation. The two companies that used 144bcd for both road and track were campagnolo and sugino. Mostly because sugino was very largely copying campagnolo. Shimano used 130 for road and 151 for track, before settling on 144 for track. Eventually campagnolo settled on 135 for road cranks.
Actually, at the time I bought those cranks, Sugino and Campagnolo were using 151mm BCD for track cranks.
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Actually, at the time I bought those cranks, Sugino and Campagnolo were using 151mm BCD for track cranks.
you proved my point then. Im aware that campagnolo and sugino used 151 also. So did Zeus. There was a lot of variation. I don’t think you were trying to be misleading, that’s why I said ‘for clarification’. But as worded, your statement in regards to road cranksets could be considered incorrect, and there’s no reason not to clarify for people who don’t know. Most road cranksets at the time werent 144bcd. Stronglight for example, during the same time period most commonly used 122 and 86bcd. It may ultimately be semantics, but has you said ‘some road cranksets’, there would be nothing to clarify. And my only intention was to add information for those who don’t know, to have a better knowledge that could be useful.

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Im aware that campagnolo and sugino used 151 also. So did Zeus. There was a lot of variation.
The original Shimano track cranks were also 151mm BCD. I've never seen a Zeus crank with 151mm BCD; my Zeus track crank uses Zeus' proprietary 120mm BCD:

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I said shimano used 151. I thought I’ve seen Zeus cranksets with 151, but I’m perfectly willing to admit I could be mistaken there. Weren’t the criteriums 119bcd? And the 2000 120bcd? SR had a 118bcd 5bolt crankset as well. All of this just bolsters my initial clarification though.
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[left]I said shimano used 151. I thought I’ve seen Zeus cranksets with 151, but I’m perfectly willing to admit I could be mistaken there.
I checked my old Sutherland's and you're right; Zeus apparently did offer a double crank with 151mm BCD rings. I've never seen one.


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Weren’t the criteriums 119bcd? And the 2000 120bcd?
I have several Zeus Criterium and 2000 cranks, and they all use the same rings. Sutherland's calls both 120mm BCD, FWIW.

SR had a 118bcd 5bolt crankset as well.
Yes, I put one of those on my daughter's 3-speed:

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Yes, I put one of those on my daughter's 3-speed:
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