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Old 10-19-20, 08:28 AM
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Yeah, I was liking versions 2 and 3. I’ve taken my bikes back to touring bars. Here’s the RockHopper.




Really liking this rig. I did a long ride yesterday in ridiculous winds with gratuitous hill climbing including steep gravel and it worked great! Particularly great for rides where a lot of standing is needed.

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this looks super comfortable, and cool! these bars definitely help with long rides for sure.
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Old 10-19-20, 09:07 AM
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that's a beaut
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Old 10-20-20, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Tiestotti View Post
this looks super comfortable, and cool! these bars definitely help with long rides for sure.
Thanks! I use grips and then tape the rest of the bar, so I can use it all the way up to the forward bend and occasionally down toward the center.

The height does reduce aerodynamics a bit, but it still has great positions for pulling hard when needed. But it opens up the standing positions in a way that is just so much fun!

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Old 10-20-20, 10:33 AM
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Thanks! I use grips and then tape the rest of the bar, so I can use it all the way up to the forward bend and occasionally down toward the center.

Otto
I never though of doing that. I'll give that a try so I can use the rest of the bar too
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Old 10-20-20, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Tiestotti View Post
I never though of doing that. I'll give that a try so I can use the rest of the bar too
Have fun. Here is what it looks like on mine from over the steering axis. Sometimes I grip with some fingers on either side of the brake lever clamp. Sometimes just ahead of the clamp. Sometimes in some position on that forward bend. Sometimes down close to the center for a bit more aero into the wind. And those can be good both seated and standing, so just experiment!




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Old 10-26-20, 11:16 AM
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I hit a rock and totally ruined my rear derailleur last week.

Decided to convert my MTB and had one of the most fun rides ever this afternoon.


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Old 11-02-20, 06:29 PM
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My 1981 Fuji America Conversion. I switched to a freehub with a 7 speed cassette, and then used the Surly Singulator to tension the chain. You can see that the bike is a low-trail geometry bike, but I actually like a SS / Commuter bike which is a bit less twitchy.



Built to be a beer bike
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Old 11-02-20, 06:31 PM
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Here's my semi-period correct 1948 Bates with a flip flop wheelset.


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Okay - gotta know the history behind those forks.
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Old 11-02-20, 08:36 PM
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Diadrant forks, Bates proprietrary design.

https://www.classiclightweights.co.u...s/bates-cycles

I didn't weight the frame before I built it up, but the frame seemed pretty light and the fork felt heavy. It rides really nice; compliant yet stiff.

There is a theory that Bates (diadrant forks and cantiflex tubes) and Hetchins (curly stays) made distinctively shaped frames so that you could tell what a racer was riding by the silhouette of the frame.
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Old 11-03-20, 02:29 PM
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Both EAI Bareknuckles. Picture taken sometime 2006-08
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Was a surprisingly nice near-70 degree day in MKE today, so I took a little extra time on the ride to work and stopped to snap a pic of the Rush against what I thought would be kind of cool looking background. Bike's pretty much the same as the last time I posted but this shot came out a lot better.
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Old 11-04-20, 06:45 PM
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That is perfect!
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Old 11-08-20, 04:20 PM
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Old 11-09-20, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by j_e_r_e_m_y View Post
Was a surprisingly nice near-70 degree day in MKE today, so I took a little extra time on the ride to work and stopped to snap a pic of the Rush against what I thought would be kind of cool looking background. Bike's pretty much the same as the last time I posted but this shot came out a lot better.
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Old 11-12-20, 10:50 AM
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Just got my Kilo WT back from powdercoat. Made some minor tweaks: Soma seatpost, Stronglight chainguard, H Plus Sons wheelset, 43c gravelkings.

Riding tomorrow for sure!
very nice!
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Old 12-01-20, 10:39 AM
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New stem, nice weather, no agenda, and a dry creek bed.


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Old 12-01-20, 10:54 AM
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Dude, gorgeous bike. Love the army green paint.
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Old 12-02-20, 03:19 PM
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Soma Rush Rev. 1

I originally built this 2011 Soma Rush frame with a threadless fork and bullhorns, but recently rebuilt it with a threaded fork and drop bars with hooded brake levers. I prefer the threaded look with a quill stem and like the added hand positions offered by drop bars with hooded levers. Total cost for the mod is just over $400, and the bike is .85 lbs heavier, coming in just under 19 lbs minus the seat bag and water bottle. The last photo is of the original setup.





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Dude, gorgeous bike. Love the army green paint.
Thanks man, I appreciate it. Factory color was called Green Beret.
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Old 12-05-20, 01:31 AM
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Yo I haven't posted in a while. Here's the current whip... It's sparkly. Needs proper outdoor pics...
wheelset, crankset, frame protector, chain and cog/lockring from retrogression
edit - better pics






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