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Old 06-30-21, 01:27 PM
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Great picture!

Here's another one of mine. I have other bars (the same), stem (nitto also, but more angle) , post and saddle (ass hatchet) for it as well as a keirin brake, but prefer to ride without. Should have put the pedals on, but I'm having surgery on my hand next week so wont be riding this one.


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Great picture!

Here's another one of mine. I have other bars (the same), stem (nitto also, but more angle) , post and saddle (ass hatchet) for it as well as a keirin brake, but prefer to ride without. Should have put the pedals on, but I'm having surgery on my hand next week so wont be riding this one.


Those track forks donít look like the rest of the bike. Did you do those?

Cool bike BTW.
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The forks are original to the frame. I'm not sure what you mean about the forks looking different than the frame? I'll take some pictures outside or at least better lighting. I had to stand at a strange angle to avoid the glare from the window in that room.
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The forks are original to the frame. I'm not sure what you mean about the forks looking different than the frame? I'll take some pictures outside or at least better lighting. I had to stand at a strange angle to avoid the glare from the window in that room.
The dropouts in the pic look raw steel.
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pouring outside, have to wait to take some outdoor pics

Well, the pic of the dropout came out pretty bad, but I can assure you they are just fine. The frame is fully chromed under the paint.
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Back in post #272 I chronicled how I turned my total turd coaster brake SE Draft into a fairly decent fixed gear without spending a dime. Still, the bike was not quite right in several ways, so I've bit the bullet and spent some money to improve it. First off, the mtb caged pedals worked great with hard soled shoes, but are downright painful with the soft soled shoes I normally wear. So I spent $70 on a set of Fyxation Gates Slim mtb pedals and Fyxation Gates straps. I also didn't like the hard stock SE grips, so I bought some ESI Extra Chunky foam grips for about $24 including sales tax. I never liked the Dia Tech Dirt Harry two finger BMX brake lever, so I replaced it with a Dia-Compe Tech 99 three finger MTB lever for $30. Finally, I found an inexpensive alloy crankset to replace the heavy steel stock crankset for less than $47 with sales tax that knocked about 1-1/4 pounds off the bike weight. When I installed the crankset I discovered that the original crank's chainring was actually 44T instead of the 42T size that SE had advertised, so the original gearing was actually 68 GI rather than 65 GI, and the new setup lowers the gearing by 7 GI to 61 GI, which is very noticeable. Bottom line, the bike is now about 4 pounds lighter than when I first unboxed it, and I've spent an additional $171 on it, for a total of about $560. It's now a decent if unremarkable bike, but certainly not worth what I've spent on it.


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I've previously chronicled the many changes to my 2009 VISP TRX790 that has seen duty both as a street and track bike in this thread La vida de VISP. Its current revisions return it to street duty with the addition of a front brake, handlebar mounted water bottle cage and a tail light. The only purchases that I needed to make were a front brake caliper and a water bottle cage handlebar mount, which set me back a total of about $43. The weight as pictured minus the water bottle is 17.9 lbs.


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Hereís the latest pictures of the lowly Schwinn Sprint. Latest changes are switching back to road bars, changing the gearing to 40/16 and swapping in MKS RMX pedals in the place of the old plastic platforms that have bushings instead of bearings. The switch from 42/16 to 40/16 has felt really good and Iím riding at least as fast if not faster and easier. Also reminding myself that drop bar tops offer a great position for seated climbs. Working great!

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Steamrolling around the military port. There is a park across the street. Some guy and lady ask about the deserted downtown and I tell them that there is no more downtown and with the war winding down the port is empty. They are just traveling through ******* so I point them toward Lake Charles and the Casinos ....................................... they photo me and I wish them luck on their trip
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Nice colors. Im a sucker for that sort of green and the red tape pairs well.


Conversion in progress.

My current fixed 49:15 a little small for me but its fun.

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Old 07-13-21, 04:53 PM
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Took this for a ride today.
I will put some brakes on it when I get the springs for them.
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Old 07-15-21, 03:24 PM
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You must be one tall drink of water.
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You must be one tall drink of water.
Iím 6í 2Ē but with long legs for my height. Thatís a 25Ē frame and arguably still a tad small, but workable.

Funny thing is that I bought that Schwinn for my son, who is 6í 3 1/2Ē, but the bike was way too big for him, because he has a very long torso but needs a 23Ē frame.

So, I ended up with this frame and hung some of my road bike parts on it. Itís an old, low end, somewhat beat up frame and perfect for riding our rail trails and other trails around town. Even the small BB drop helps to give more pedal clearance.

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So, I ended up with this frame and hung some of my road bike parts on it. Itís an old, low end, somewhat beat up frame and perfect for riding our rail trails and other trails around town.
Cool! I have an old Japanese (Takara) hi-ten steel frame that Iíve set up with a 3 speed IGH and modern components. It weighs just a little less than a Toyota Corolla of the same era, but it works really nice for casual neighborhood rides and cruising the MUPs.
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Iíve posted pics of this one before, but itís like a new bike with some recent changes Iíve made.

Previously used a bullhorn bar and carbon rims with 23mm tires. I still have those parts, but I now sometimes ride with this flat bar and 25 mm tubeless:





^ This is the setup I use for more comfort on rough roads or casual cruising. When I want to really get after it, I switch back to the bullhorn. I have a separate fork with its own brake caliper, cable, and lever, so I can easily swap the whole cockpit according to my mood or the conditions where I plan to ride:










The sexy, wave-shaped fork is from a Pinarello Dogma F10, I believe. I ride this configuration with 48x17 gears, and the flat bar usually with 48x18. Itís just 70 vs. 75 gear inches, but thatís a noticeable difference for me.

I think this bike looksÖ what are the kids saying today? Siiick.
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​​​Awesome, this the 650b Merckx yea? Love it. I wanna do that to this one, hopefully I can fit 35s

Edit: a bell, and brake hoods/levers+front brake with a splitter so both levers can operate it are definitely also happening this year, and a 10mm shorter stem. Man your setup is so good!!

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Thanks so much! Sorry for taking so long to reply - I'm barely at a computer nowadays ever since I moved!

Yes that is the 650b track bike. I really love how this turned out. I don't really ride it for much more than an hour or so at a time, but it's my go-to bike if I've only got time for a short ride.

Do you have any more info regarding a splitter like that? I've just got an orphan lever on the left side but being able to hook up both to the front brake sounds awesome!
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Do you have any more info regarding a splitter like that? I've just got an orphan lever on the left side but being able to hook up both to the front brake sounds awesome!
Check Problem Solvers. They make a cable doubler to do this. —> Link
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Umm.... almost...

Also I think this is the first ever drive side pic I've ever taken.
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Hey y’all, been a while. Current state of the Nabiis Alchemy. This weekend I replaced the front brake and stem, changed the gearing from 49x16 to 46x17, and generally cleaned the absolute crap out of the drivetrain. Waiting on a new direct-mount brake that will go down by the BB so I can finally get rid of that squishy abomination that’s been in back for like 6 years.

This bike was originally built up from a frame and various parts that a friend had lying around when I first moved to Japan in 2015. Since then, I’ve slowly been swapping out bits and pieces, and as of today the only parts that were there on that first day that are still there now are the bottom bracket, the rear brake, and the frame. Would love to throw a Supertype on there, too, but don’t think there’s enough room. Relatedly, can anyone with a Supertype measure the distance from the clamp to the regular portion of the seatpost for me?

Still want a new, not-crap saddle, and to have the wheels rebuilt with rims that aren’t fugly, but as a daily driver it’s pretty much there. Love this thing.



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...Waiting on a new direct-mount brake that will go down by the BB so I can finally get rid of that squishy abomination that’s been in back for like 6 years.
Cool bike! Please post pics of this when you are done 'cos we (I?) have no idea what you are talking about and want to see what it is
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I recently reduced the gearing on this bike from 76.2 gi to 72.8 gi, which has greatly increased my ability to maintain a high cadence. I also added a heart monitor watch on the handlebar which helps me modulate my effort to get the best workout. This is my second lightest bike, but it feels the fastest with its tubular tires and aero Zipp 303 front wheel. It was my track racing bike for 10 years before I converted it to a road bike with a front brake, water bottle cage and tail light.


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Do you have any more info regarding a splitter like that? I've just got an orphan lever on the left side but being able to hook up both to the front brake sounds awesome!
This is the one I'm gonna use
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Both great options, thanks!
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