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changing set-up?

Old 08-17-05, 09:04 AM
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changing set-up?

I am constantly changing the set up on my bike and i was wondering if anybody else does this?
I have changed my handlebars three times, but want to go back to risers again. but i know once i change them i will want to go back to the flat bar...oh well part of the fun i suppose...
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Old 08-17-05, 09:27 AM
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Don't worry, you're not alone. I change handlebars like my wife changes shoes.
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Old 08-17-05, 09:52 AM
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Likewise.

my biggest worry is whether i can put a handlebar's worth of tape together from all of the partial rolls i have around. I've had my bike since May of this year and it has had four different pairs of handlebars on it, and at least as many brake-lever configurations. I currently plan to buy a new set of bars which will be "the one," I hope...and then I will buy a new roll of tape and ideally have the brake levers I want too. But you never know!

The virus has spread to my other bikes, too...you should see the setup I have going on my cargo hauler. I might even post it, it's so silly.
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Old 08-17-05, 10:15 AM
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Yep. Guilty.
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Old 08-17-05, 10:25 AM
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I've gone through two sets of cranks, three chainrings and two chains in the past two weeks just playing around with different gears, chains and chainlines.
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Old 08-17-05, 12:31 PM
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I've got 4 sets of bars currently and am constantly playing with them. I'm hoping a new stem ends this nonsense. I rode my first fixed gear for like 4 years without changing any of the parts that I scraped together from used parts bins when I first built it. Guess I just lucked out on that one.
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Old 08-18-05, 07:29 AM
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Bars, stems, pedals, and saddles. Constantly. I probably spend more $$$ on new bar tape than on any other components. The only saving grace is that pretty much everything else is a garbage find - so just about every week, I find a new piece on a junk bike that I have to try out on mine. Last week I was rocking cruiser bars chopped down so they were narrow with a backward curve, along with a Specialized body geometry saddle; as of two days ago, it's a chopped-down straight bar with bar ends (fully wrapped in bar tape, of course), and some beat-up old saddle from a ten-speed. It's a disease, but as diseases go, pretty innocuous.
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Old 08-18-05, 07:49 AM
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The unending pursuit of perfection: for the past few weeks I have agonized over stems.
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Old 08-21-05, 11:20 AM
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In the last year, I have had flats (with and without barends), risers, anatomic drops, track drops, Moscows, Profile Aeros (both with and without Mavic tri bars), and moustaches on my three bikes (two fixed, one geared/occasioal fixed), Shimano aero levers, Campag Xenon levers with the gear mechs removed, BMX levers, bar-end levers, in-line levers, one brake, two brakes, no brakes, two different Brooks and two other saddles, SPDs, SPD-SLs and clips and straps, 16 and 20t fixed cogs and a 17t freewheel, two different forks on my Fort (original steel track and carbon off the roadie), five different chain rings, too many chains to count, cork tape, Soyo grips, BMX grips (two pairs), and that's not counting a 1- 2- 9- 18- and 27- speed mountain bike, and several pointless wheel rebuilds Keep on wrenchin'!
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you're lucky you don't have a full tool shop, machine shop, and access to thousands of 'junk' bike parts...during every slow moment at work I'm swapping out some part or another on my bike...
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people always say you can build a bike up pretty inexpensively, but i still haven't figured out how to do that. it always starts out cheap but the endless pursuit of new/different parts drains a wallet pretty quickly. it's never "finished."
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Bars oh the bars! I have stems for each set of bars, I have an SR stem and some bullhorns with tape, a Nitto stem with 3TTT track drops untaped, and I just put another SR stem with a pair of riser bars with Oury Grips. Since I ride brakeless There are no cables to get in the way, just turn the allen key and go. I use the bullhorns for most of my riding, drops for fast really fast days, and the risers I use for crusing the neighborhood/ riding my friends and family. I really would like to get Nitto drops and Nitto horns, or moscows or maybe some Mavic horns. And yeah all Nitto stems our in the future for me. I just like that by changing the bars I can change the feel of the bike.

I also am constantly eyeing up new parts to change things up. I need to stop for a while till I get the cash for the Angus frame and then its a set of Paul Hubs laced to an undecided rims. I also want to make up some nice wheels for racing as I am hoping to be able to make it to Kissena in the Spring. Oh and some new cranks would be nice! Working in a shop makes it worse because the boss goes "Hey we're ordering from so and so, do you want anything?" and Im like let me look and the next thing I know I have just dropped all the money in my wallet. It could be worse I could be spending money on coke, instead its beer, bike parts, and VW parts.
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Old 08-22-05, 01:30 AM
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Originally Posted by absntr
I've gone through two sets of cranks, three chainrings and two chains in the past two weeks just playing around with different gears, chains and chainlines.
You know, I heard you can get these crazy things that actually allow you to have more than one chainring on a bike at the same time, and then actually move the chain between them while you ride, in effect, 'changing' your gear, without even using an allen wrench. Crazy what people come up with these days, isn't it.

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Old 08-22-05, 07:16 AM
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You all are just a bunch of tweakers...aren't you.
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Old 08-22-05, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by MKRG
You all are just a bunch of tweakers...aren't you.
Doh! You outed us! Damn you! We just like to fiddle around with bike parts to satisfy our fried brains' desire for menial manual tasks. Excuse me, I'm going to have another bump and rebuild this one wheel for the 12th time this morning.

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Old 08-22-05, 09:58 AM
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id rather ride it than tinker with it.
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