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Old 09-14-08, 10:29 PM
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dougland ill take more pics for you when i can get the lady's camera for a few. she has a clean drive and a new chain i swear.
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Old 09-14-08, 11:22 PM
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My around town beater build:

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Old 09-14-08, 11:26 PM
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I like everything but that brake lever.
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Old 09-14-08, 11:30 PM
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^Agreed, I'm waiting on my new one to come.
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Old 09-14-08, 11:33 PM
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Are you planning on turning the new one around or stick it somewhere that makes more sense for those bars? That's my only problem with it.
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Old 09-14-08, 11:52 PM
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that's your beater?

p.s i love those stems
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Old 09-14-08, 11:55 PM
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For what it's worth, here's what I did way back when:





That's a Paul crosstop lever.
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Old 09-15-08, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by shapelike View Post
For what it's worth, here's what I did way back when:





That's a Paul crosstop lever.
The brake lever both looks better and is more functional in this position. Just flip the brake on the current set-up so that the lever is pointing leftward, and you'll be in business.

Otherwise, it is a good-looking bike.
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Old 09-15-08, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by shapelike View Post
For what it's worth, here's what I did way back when:
That's a Paul crosstop lever.
I remember this bike...was a pretty classy setup! especially the handlebar setup.
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Old 09-15-08, 07:49 AM
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Thanks, those are just flipped townie bars (now found on Sara's singlespeed). I found them to be super comfortable and I'd use that setup again. Just don't expect to throw down a good sprint with them.
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Old 09-15-08, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by shapelike View Post
Thanks, those are just flipped townie bars (now found on Sara's singlespeed). I found them to be super comfortable and I'd use that setup again. Just don't expect to throw down a good sprint with them.
ha ha! so no throwin those on the Gardin?
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Old 09-15-08, 08:04 AM
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that looks like a big saddle drop for townie bars.
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Old 09-15-08, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by straws papers View Post
that looks like a big saddle drop for townie bars.
i think because he flipped them
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Old 09-15-08, 08:10 AM
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oops

guess i jumped to the defensive a bit there, sorry thehappyrobot

i think im gonna take off the velocity sticks too, eventually

anyhow, anyone know where I can get an all-silver cross lever that isn't too expensive?
also, I'm not into having taped bars. does anybody know some white grips that would cover the horns and cross section of my bars?
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Old 09-15-08, 08:13 AM
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sOurce, how do you like the sparrow bars?
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Old 09-15-08, 08:14 AM
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it's just my opinion that the bight yellow velocity stickers than don't match anything, really break up the look of the rim.
even worse than the seam below the sticker does.
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Old 09-15-08, 08:29 AM
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yeah i definitely agree about the velocity stickers

to be honest, I've planned to take them off all along, but I was so excited about having a functional fixie that I just started riding before I got to it. i guess that's the way it should be....
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Old 09-15-08, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by duppy.conqueror View Post
ha ha! so no throwin those on the Gardin?
When you're just riding along feel like you're in *really* shallow/short reach drops with buth with no tops hitting your wrists, so that's super comfortable. If you get out of the saddle and sprint though your hands will be too far back and it'll feel awkward/throw off your center of balance. I got got used to that feeling quickly but there's no getting around the fact that your leverage on the bars is compromised.

Did I care? No, I didn't exactly contest a lot of sprints on my commuting bike and I loved the feel of the setup when I was riding the daily to-from.

The Gardin ... the Garin is only allowed to go at the speed of sound and higher, so these probably wouldn't be appropriate.
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Old 09-15-08, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by straws papers View Post
that looks like a big saddle drop for townie bars.
Well ya. For the above reason and because I'm a leggy ******* for my height (they go all the way up). Here's another photo to help illustrate was I was rambing on about in the previous post.

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Old 09-15-08, 10:02 AM
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That's some decent saddle to bar drop you have going on there... my friend has a 37-38 inch inseam and needs over a foot of seatpost on a 25 inch frame so he can ride it.

I told him that when I start making frames I'll build him a bike that actually fits him as he also has arms like an orangutan.

Sometimes it's good to be fairly average.
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Old 09-15-08, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
That's some decent saddle to bar drop you have going on there... my friend has a 37-38 inch inseam and needs over a foot of seatpost on a 25 inch frame so he can ride it.

I told him that when I start making frames I'll build him a bike that actually fits him as he also has arms like an orangutan.
Sounds like me...
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Old 09-15-08, 11:37 AM
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it sucks to ride a frame that is too small. i have a 36" inseam and have a 57cm bike lol
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Old 09-15-08, 11:58 AM
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This is about as extreme as it gets for me... my '62 Pug is a 51cm frame (with 12 inches of bb clearance) and this 51 cm is right at the bottom end of my frame size range.

I could drop the bars quite a bit but I prefer to have my head up when I am dodging homicidal motorists and it makes things way more comfortable when you log epic miles.
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Old 09-15-08, 12:57 PM
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Thanks for the tips guys. I relocated the lever and it's much better now.
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Old 09-15-08, 01:01 PM
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Hooray!

It's a really nice bike, by the way.
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