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Old 10-09-17, 11:42 AM
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New Touring Build: Gary Fisher

Here's my latest tourer build. A mid-90's Gary Fisher, still made in USA. Wheels repacked, trued and tensioned. Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, New cables, derailleurs, shifters.



Brooks C17 Cambium saddle, Velo Orange Tourist handlebars, ESI Extra-Chunky grips.



The racks are Sunlite Gold Tec HD. Cheap. Look nice. I can always swap them out later.









I had fun doing this build. I'm not sure if I will sell it or not. This bike represents what we've been saying all along in that you can build yourself a sweet bike, but it'll cost ya. I doubt I could sell this bike for more than I have into it. Still, it'll be a pleasant-riding bike for those rainy days here in New England... like today!
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Old 10-09-17, 12:24 PM
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Excellent build!
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Looks incredibly clean, I like the silver racks and fenders. I've gotta give the upright bars a try sometime.
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Looks nice! The paint looks great from the pic. Was it repainted?
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Looks nice! The paint looks great from the pic. Was it repainted?
It's original paint. All I did was go over it with some quick detail spray, and I clean it real good and put some armor all on it. There are a couple scuffs here and there, but the bike was pristine - obviously kept inside. When I'm looking for bikes, I'm always on the lookout for a bike that has not spent much of its life outside. Its easy to tell, really. Look at the vent holes in the frame, such as the ones that usually appear on the chain stays near the dropouts. If there is no rusty residue in those holes, then you are probably gtg. Also check any steel hex socket fasteners - if rusty, its either been kept outside or a damp place.
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That's a fine looking build; good job.
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As said- killer paint, at least from picture distance.

The rear rack has some wild lines to it. Where does the pannier's lower hook or lever attach?...it looks like one gentle curve and bothing solid to hook onto.
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The rear rack has some wild lines to it. Where does the pannier's lower hook or lever attach?...it looks like one gentle curve and nothing solid to hook onto.
That IS a problem, but for $23 I decided to overlook it.
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It would be irresponsible to sell it and not get all the new cables bedded in. You're gonna have to put at least 250 miles in on it...

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The rear rack has some wild lines to it. Where does the pannier's lower hook or lever attach?...it looks like one gentle curve and bothing solid to hook onto.
Missed that the first time, but a couple hose clamps around a bit of cut up tube could make a nice stop for anyone using S-hooks on the bottom.
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That IS a problem, but for $23 I decided to overlook it.
Hey- sometimes a bike, or a component, is more for form than function. Totally get that. Like i mentioned- the lines of that rack are pretty wild- makes for a cool look. If you can only mount stuff up top on it, then thats just whats its for- to look good and hold something specific.
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It would be irresponsible to sell it and not get all the new cables bedded in. You're gonna have to put at least 250 miles in on it...

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From what I can see in the pics, all the cable housing is properly run and secured in cablestops. Looks like its well built and ready to sell, at least from camera distance.
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From what I can see in the pics, all the cable housing is properly run and secured in cablestops. Looks like its well built and ready to sell, at least from camera distance.
New cables always stretch in my experience, need a little adjustment after a few hundred miles. Especially on the rear gear cable.

But like I say, you can't just build a bike and not ride it, it'd be irresponsible
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New cables always stretch in my experience, need a little adjustment after a few hundred miles. Especially on the rear gear cable.

But like I say, you can't just build a bike and not ride it, it'd be irresponsible
Oh, cable stretch, gotcha.
Yeah...i recable basically every bike I refurbish and after a few short test rides around the block the cables have been adjusted enough between on the stand and after use. I cant imagine riding each bike 250miles, but i guess call me irresponsible.
Ill note that bike shops dont ride the bikes they set up for 250miles either before sale...
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But like I say, you can't just build a bike and not ride it, it'd be irresponsible
I'm picking up what you're laying down, brother, but I'll probably slap a ride or two on it if it doesn't sell soon. When I build a new bike, I treat it like a car that's just rolled off the car carrier: every mile put on it makes it less-than-new.

Besides, I got to busy on the next build!
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Ill note that bike shops dont ride the bikes they set up for 250miles either before sale...
No they don't, but they do ask for them back after 6 weeks of riding for a free service
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I'm picking up what you're laying down, brother, but I'll probably slap a ride or two on it if it doesn't sell soon. When I build a new bike, I treat it like a car that's just rolled off the car carrier: every mile put on it makes it less-than-new.

Besides, I got to busy on the next build!
Next build? Ooooohh you do tease me! What is it?
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Next build? Ooooohh you do tease me! What is it?
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Ace little project there! I'd love a little cruiser like that, good pub bike
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No they don't, but they do ask for them back after 6 weeks of riding for a free service
Yup, and if someone needs that service after 6mo of riding a refuebished bike, they can go to a bike shop and get it.
Reality is that many bikes dont need the adjustment if its been made after some use in the stand and/or a short test ride.
At least that's been my experience for the bikes ive built and kept for myself and family.

But again, it may just be that im terribly irresponsible, as you claimed.
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Yup, and if someone needs that service after 6mo of riding a refuebished bike, they can go to a bike shop and get it.
Reality is that many bikes dont need the adjustment if its been made after some use in the stand and/or a short test ride.
At least that's been my experience for the bikes ive built and kept for myself and family.

But again, it may just be that im terribly irresponsible, as you claimed.
I claimed it would be irresponsible to not ride a bike you've just built, in a rather humorous tone, something you haven't grasped, clearly. I'm not here for a debate, just good times, banter and advice.

But not to worry, we're all friends here
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I claimed it would be irresponsible to not ride a bike you've just built, in a rather humorous tone, something you haven't grasped, clearly. I'm not here for a debate, just good times, banter and advice.

But not to worry, we're all friends here
My bad, dry sense of humor here and that doesn't Translate on message boards well a lot of times. I haven't been taking your comments as actually being critical.
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My bad, dry sense of humor here and that doesn't Translate on message boards well a lot of times. I haven't been taking your comments as actually being critical.
No problem my friend
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I'm curious how the C17 will feel riding in an upright posture like that for a long distance.
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