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Old 08-07-08, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by PukeFlavor View Post

double edit: Spicer Cycles is in Indiana.
whoa they are from E-Ville?
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Old 08-07-08, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by jpdesjar View Post
thanks, are these chopped down at all?


Yes, with a small pipe/tube cutter, from 650mm (17.7 inches) initially to 430mm (13.3), if my math is correct.
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Old 08-07-08, 12:54 PM
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thanks again
looks like a perfect width...they should be measured based on shoulder width, correct? i have questions because i want to try some risers out on my bike and want them to be comfy
 
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No problem. I used a tool like this: http://www.buy.com/prod/prima-tools-.../90140328.html
Which often times is what they use at the LBS. Then used some metallic sandpaper to smooth out the cut a little so as to not slice up my oury grips instantly. Also, cutting while the bars are mounted on the bike may be even easier for leverage, if you don't have a vice or something.

I have heard that, yes, there's no real point in making them much smaller than your shoulders, in terms of comfort and getting through traffic. It's not going to help if they're only 3 inches on each side if you're trying to get between a cab and a parked car, because of your shoulder width.

I'd try riding around for a few days and see where your hands feel most natural/comfortable before making the chop.
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Old 08-08-08, 12:48 AM
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i can't seem to find anything on the stock kilo tt wheelset. anybody have an opinion on them? they're sold on bikeisland for $109.95 shipped, and they pretty much seem to be the same thing on ebay (economy wheelset).
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Old 08-08-08, 02:31 AM
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i'd save up a little more and get some weinmanns or aliens.
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i'd save up a little more and get some weinmanns or aliens.
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Old 08-08-08, 06:34 AM
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Weird, I can never remember to shoot from the drivetrain side.

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Old 08-08-08, 10:03 PM
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headset spacers much?
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Old 08-08-08, 10:34 PM
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Thats how they come out of the box, don't hate mr.paramore.
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Old 08-08-08, 10:40 PM
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wtf is up with that brake cable?
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Old 08-08-08, 10:44 PM
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34 inch wide bars the rage now?
 
Old 08-08-08, 11:21 PM
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Three of the last four replies have convinced me not to show pics of my completed bike.
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I want to cry. Just getting over my fourth theft, and falling in love with this bike (and this price), to find that they've only got 63s and 47s left for my 5'10" self. Any chance BD will restock?
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Old 08-09-08, 09:33 AM
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Three of the last four replies have convinced me not to show pics of my completed bike.
Wide bars slow you down...fashion is secondary
 
Old 08-09-08, 09:38 AM
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that bike set-up is just jackass, sorry.

-no foot retention
-fork needs to be cut down
-overly wide bars
-brake cable radius is too small, however it's set up
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Old 08-09-08, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by epschoenly View Post
Thats how they come out of the box, don't hate mr.paramore.
learn how to run a brake cable, mr. captain jack sparrow cartoon pillows.
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Old 08-09-08, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
learn how to run a brake cable, mr. captain jack sparrow cartoon pillows.

mr. captain jack sparrow cartoon pillows

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Old 08-09-08, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
that bike set-up is just jackass, sorry.

-no foot retention
-fork needs to be cut down
-overly wide bars
-brake cable radius is too small, however it's set up
- he has a brake, so foot retention is moot.
- maybe he likes the bars there
- again maybe it's comfy and he likes it that way.
- boo hoo. if it works, it works.

And besides, by the looks of it, the bike is pretty much brand new out of the box stock, sans the bars and brake.
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Old 08-09-08, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by bluespring View Post
^dong dong where did you get those vinyl cover over the decals?
Can you/anyone tell me where to find those vinyl stickers that match the Kilo TT green? I know they don't match perfectly, but close enough for me.
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Old 08-09-08, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by beeftech View Post
- he has a brake, so foot retention is moot.
- maybe he likes the bars there
- again maybe it's comfy and he likes it that way.
- boo hoo. if it works, it works.

And besides, by the looks of it, the bike is pretty much brand new out of the box stock, sans the bars and brake.
- A brake is not good enough for any serious riding. Go bomb some hills or begin a fast cadence with platforms and a front brake, then come tell me how safe/fun it was.

-If he needs the bars that high than the frame is not a good fit for him or her, simple as that. Plus the headset system is not designed to work with that many spacers, never mention the weight. I have docs on proper threadless fork setup from Kinesis that advises a maximum spacer usage but there is no point digging it up.

-It might work but it shows a lack of mechanical knowledge and it is not recommended by any mechanic. A fairly famous man around here named Sheldon Brown points out three flaws in his cable routing:
The Four Commandments of Cable Routing:

1. [does not apply]

2. No wrong direction bends (For example: as the rear brake cable leaves the top tube and makes the bend down toward the caliper, it should make a smooth transition from parallel to the top tube to parallel to the seat stays. If the cable bends up from the top tube before bending down toward the seat stays, it is probably too long. If the cable curves out past the caliper, then bends back at an angle more vertical than the seat stays, it is certainly too long.

3. The bends that cannot be avoided should be made as wide (gradual) as possible,

4. Cable housings should be as short as they can be without violating the above rules.
He clearly breaks all three noted rules. If you want to ignore Sheldon's advice, that's all fine and well, but I am positive he knows more than you.
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Yes I know who Mr. Sheldon Brown was. But I also don't take everything he says as the second coming of Jesus.
It appears as if the brake cable comes straight out of the top of the lever which makes me think he's using a right lever on the left. But that wont be critical to the levers performance, and still fits Sheldon's rules.
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Old 08-10-08, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by ZiP0082 View Post
No problem. I used a tool like this: http://www.buy.com/prod/prima-tools-.../90140328.html
Which often times is what they use at the LBS. Then used some metallic sandpaper to smooth out the cut a little so as to not slice up my oury grips instantly. Also, cutting while the bars are mounted on the bike may be even easier for leverage, if you don't have a vice or something.

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I'd try riding around for a few days and see where your hands feel most natural/comfortable before making the chop.
when i cut my tube, how do i get the threaded thing inside the tube to go down more?
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Originally Posted by _hollister_ View Post
34 inch wide bars the rage now?
Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
-overly wide bars
Wide bars rule. They provide more leverage and are more stable at speed.
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