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This idea's too good not to steal...

Old 03-04-07, 11:54 PM
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This idea's too good not to steal...

Good artists imitate. Great artists steal. Or something like that.

Anyhow, I thought this looked ****ing goregeous, and couldn't resist bringing it up, mostly because I'm wondering what the best glue/laquer/finish you'd put on here to offer the best protection...

https://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2007...lJurkowski.htm
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Old 03-04-07, 11:55 PM
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This was actually done before using old stamps. I think the guy just glued them on and then applied generous amounts of clear-coat.
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Old 03-05-07, 12:03 AM
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buddy did up his frame entirely in "Mr. Yuck" stickers from poison control, scaled them like a fish & then cc, it looked good, I would like some Mr. Yuck stickers myself. he did that in '93? Do they still have Mr. Yuck down south>
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Old 03-05-07, 12:28 AM
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those would cover up 3rensho decals nicely.
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Old 03-05-07, 12:29 AM
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that is a pretty sweet idea. Might suck a little to change tires, or adjust things, or whatever. It's only a matter of time before someone covers a pista concept in pages ripped from a zine, and declares it the ultimate jam.
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Old 03-05-07, 12:40 AM
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I'm waiting for the fetish stitched patent leather bike.
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Old 03-05-07, 12:44 AM
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This is Sheldon Brown's rig, if I had a bike with black lugs I would do this in a hot minute.
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Old 03-05-07, 01:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Landgolier






This is Sheldon Brown's rig, if I had a bike with black lugs I would do this in a hot minute.
Is that a two speed fixie with a flipflop hub?
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One side is fixed at 52x18, the other is a two speed freewheel with a 20 and a 30. The freewheel setup gives 52x20 or 42x30 with manual shifting for an on-road and an off-road gear without major chain length issues, kind of a quickbeam/dos eno type setup taken to the extreme.

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Old 03-05-07, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Landgolier






This is Sheldon Brown's rig, if I had a bike with black lugs I would do this in a hot minute.
Man, I'm kind of losing my religion here. If this really is sheldon brownses crunkalunka, how come the bleedin' quick release skewer is installed like the way it is?
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Old 03-05-07, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by dresscode
Man, I'm kind of losing my religion here. If this really is sheldon brownses crunkalunka, how come the bleedin' quick release skewer is installed like the way it is?

you mean the correct way?

qr's should face backwards to avoid them being popped open by contact when travelling forwards...
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Old 03-05-07, 05:47 AM
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Originally Posted by salmonchild
you mean the correct way?

qr's should face backwards to avoid them being popped open by contact when travelling forwards...

No they don't. They should be installed pointing forward and inside the rear triangle to avoid snagging front wheels while riding in close quarters in the peloton.
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Originally Posted by dresscode
No they don't. They should be installed pointing forward and inside the rear triangle to avoid snagging front wheels while riding in close quarters in the peloton.

lesson learned, cheers.

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Old 03-05-07, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by dresscode
No they don't. They should be installed pointing forward and inside the rear triangle to avoid snagging front wheels while riding in close quarters in the peloton.

lesson learned, cheers.

end of off-topic.
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Old 03-05-07, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by dresscode
No they don't. They should be installed pointing forward and inside the rear triangle to avoid snagging front wheels while riding in close quarters in the peloton.
OK, sorry for keeping this offtopic, but I was being imprecise while at the same time trying to be the smarta$$. This of course only refers to the rear skewer. The front skewer should be installed facing backward and pointing inward just behind the left fork leg. Also, by doing this, you can use stays and fork leg respectively as a lever while closing the skewer. Good for getting them real snug.
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Old 03-05-07, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by moki
I'm waiting for the fetish stitched patent leather bike.

I covered a frame (seat, down & top tube anyway) with tightly stitched sheepskin, it's a good look
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Old 03-05-07, 07:01 AM
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The QR is also on the drive side. Thats what I thought you were getting at. If it is a touring style rig who cares which way its pointing. He might get more leverage (tighter on locknuts) if he can get his fingers under the lever instead of having it right up against a stay of some kind.
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Originally Posted by shogun17
The QR is also on the drive side. Thats what I thought you were getting at. If it is a touring style rig who cares which way its pointing. He might get more leverage (tighter on locknuts) if he can get his fingers under the lever instead of having it right up against a stay of some kind.
+that of course! Was too baffled by the whole concept of sheldon browns bike looking like that to get my act together and mention the most obvious thing.
On the leverage, I think you're right again, but that doesn't necessarily contradict what I said. For opening, I think the key is to be able to get your index or middle finger under the qr lever for pulling whil at the same time your thumb is pressing on the adjacent stay/fork leg. For closing, you should be able to get your fingers behind stay/fork eg while resting the qr lever in your palm, and do a squeezing motion.
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It's on the drive side now, but I've had a flip-flop SS & whenever I flipped my flop I never bothered to reverse the QR. I've never used QR on a fixie but if I had I'd be just as lazy guaranteed. That's teh freewheel side with the QR, so maybe Sheldon preferred the fixed side.


Sheldon may not care about roadracing QR etiquette while riding that monster, I know I wouldn't.
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Old 03-05-07, 08:36 AM
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@samhouston: you're right - it's flopped! I'm feel much better now, knowing that the mistake was mine all along. My world order has been safely restored
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Since it has been said a few times here, I'll point out that whichever way you point them, quick releases should not have the bejesus tightened out of them. All it does is mangle your axle threads, as well as overtighten your cones. Industry standard is you should start to feel pressure when they're perpendicular to the dropout.

Hot tip: cut some dropouts out of a mangled fork and you can tighten your quick release when adjusting your hub on the workbench and actually adjust your hub properly, rather than what most people do which is just leave it a little loose.
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I did this with bud labels and polyeuorthen varnish on an old beater bike when I was at uni. Was not as tidy a job as this. It worked whough as bar bike perfect.
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Originally Posted by SamHouston
I covered a frame (seat, down & top tube anyway) with tightly stitched sheepskin, it's a good look
Makes a nice rain bike, too, I'll bet.
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I did this with the Financial Times. I wrapped individual lines from columns (less than ten words each) in a solid spiral around my head tube, creating a never-ending seemingly random sentence. Perhaps I'll get over my laziness some day and do the rest of the tubes.
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