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Old 08-31-09, 09:24 PM
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New build inspired by busteau's bike.
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Old 09-01-09, 01:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Thetank
PERFECT! Then again my bike looks a bit too much like that so I'm biased! what fork did you use, I'm interested in going with a CF fork for my kilo.
thanks!! it's nashbar's carbon road fork. it has pretty much the exact geometry as the stock fork and of course less than half the weight.
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Yes! But I liked afterlame the most. I guess because my fav riders are in it. All of them are great though.
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Just put my 53cm together today.



Seatpost is a crappy one I had to pickup quick because my ordered ultegra isn't here yet. The gold chain worked better in my mind then in execution so I'm most likely going to put a silver one on.

I went from 48T truvativ set from my Swobo Sanchez to these 46T Suginos and the chain ring feels too small so I need to go back up to a 48T.

Waiting on my brake line clips too so pardon the messy brake line and the front brake hasn't been put on yet.

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My journey towards my first fixed gear is now complete. I bought a black 50cm kilo that I received about 4 days ago. I decided early on that I wanted to go for sleek black theme, so...not wanting to spend the money on new rims...I took apart the wheels and spray-painted the rims black. I had to wait a few days to get the tires inflated, because I forgot to pack my pump when moving back to college. Anyways, after learning the difference between shrader and presta valves, and popping an inner tube, i finally made it to a bike shop today to get my last tire fit for riding. It just so happened that my nitto rb-021's came in the mail today too- sooner than expected. Anyways, the bike looks great, and I couldn't even begin to describe how good it feels when riding it. I don't know if its the handlebars, or the lightness, (I've only owned 3 bikes before- two of which were heavy, used road bikes) or the fixed-ness, but it's amazing...

I'll post pictures sometime this week.
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So I'm buying my Kilo TT as my first fixed gear in the next week or so.

I've read a lot of recommendations about replacing the tires first as they're pretty much crap.

I don't get this tire/rim sizing stuff at all. What tire sizes fit with the Kilo TT stock rims?
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Old 09-02-09, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ramen
So I'm buying my Kilo TT....

I don't get this tire/rim sizing stuff at all. What tire sizes fit with the Kilo TT stock rims?
I think its a range of 700x23 to 700x32 or so, for std TT and TT Pro, WT is bigger.

https://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html#width
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the tires are fine. use em till they wear down and then get yourself some new ones.

the biggest ive seen is 28 but some claim 32, never seen it for myself tho, not even in a pic.

these numbers represent the height of your tires kind of like how car tires are measured by the height of the side walls i guess.
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more pictures!

quick everyone upload a pic of your bike. even if you posted it last week. or youre adriano and everyone has seen your bike a million times
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update!



i am almost finished stripping the paint from my orange kilo. i still dont know if i want to paint it a different color or just clearcoat over the raw steel. it looks so badass.
i got some new pc bmx pedals and some homemade foot retention. brand new lime green dp18s. new stem and new seat. and a cute spokecard.
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Originally Posted by robotphood

New build inspired by busteau's bike.
im digging it, and the leather looks real goood...but idk, what bars are these?
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look like rb-019's.
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Old 09-03-09, 08:31 AM
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my KILO TT

Just finished putting mine together

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What saddle is that gottarex? Looks sharp!
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What saddle is that gottarex? Looks sharp!
Looks like a Specialized Toupe saddle
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i know a few dudes in here have syntace stratos bars.

i have the ones with little to no drop, looking to swap for 400's.
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Originally Posted by peitrus
im digging it, and the leather looks real goood...but idk, what bars are these?
Thanks. They are nitto rb-009. Wrapped/stitched with Velo Orange Elkhide.
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Originally Posted by gottarex
Just finished putting mine together

what bars are those?? that pic makes me regret my rb-018s!
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ok. wow.
u guys are right. I just got my kilo and put everything together. The stock pedals/clips/strap are reallllly crappy. Wow. The spindle doesn't even turn over when the clips are attached. Luckily the MKS I ordered came yesterday so I replaced it.

Took it for a first commute run this morning. Pushed back on the pedals to slow into a stop and felt a click. Uhoh.. more upgrades needed.. -___-

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Originally Posted by robotphood
Thanks. They are nitto rb-009. Wrapped/stitched with Velo Orange Elkhide.
how is the elkhide holding up? i've heard that it easily comes loose (especially when wet) and is a pain to install. would you recommend it?
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Originally Posted by icksee
how is the elkhide holding up? i've heard that it easily comes loose (especially when wet) and is a pain to install. would you recommend it?
I thought so too until I read this thread:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/552289-velo-orange-elkhide-cloth-tape-shellac.html

then bit the bullet. With the cloth underneath in a spiral I don't see this ever coming loose. It also added a texture of bar tape I ended up liking. A bit better for grip too. It took me about 2 hours with little prior sewing experience (although I'm fairly skilled with my hands). Just figure out the pattern you want and sew away. The sticky tape part underneath the elkhide makes it easy to align your stitching. I highly recommend it. Cost less than leather bar tape, looks better (imo), and seems like it'll last longer.
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sorry for the noob question but I couldnt find anything that really answered my question.

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what is the chain size of the stock Kilo TT? I bought a 18t 1/8x1/2 cog and it wouldnt work with my stock chain. thanks in advance.

happy friday.
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there are two sizes (primarily), 3/32 (smaller) and 1/8 (bigger). if you bought the bigger size and it doesn't fit, what does that tell you about your chain?
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This may help some with Surly rings as an example...
https://www.surlybikes.com/spew15.html
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