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    1. Moderator the brit's Avatar
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      02-13-2011 09:15 PM #1
      Not the Did You Ride Today Thread, but more like washing, modifying, upgrades, lightening, repairing and everything else like that. Maybe it's a good idea, maybe it's not, but it's a way to show your new parts and work when they're relatively small things that you wouldn't make a new thread for. Yes, just like the mk2 G/J and all those other forums

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      02-13-2011 09:30 PM #2
      Bought a seatpost clamp lightweight aluminium rack, and matching small set of panniers dirt cheap from Nashbar:

      Bags: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...7_10000_202633
      Rack: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...7_10000_202633

      Really impressed with the quality when considering the price, but the racks attach at the bottom using a metal hook which did not secure them very tightly and didn't inspire confidence for the 400 mile race that I'm planning on using them for (Crush The Commonwealth, PGH to PHL). The hook wasn't able to be fully tightened and also made a really annoying rattle when moved around.

      So while i'm too sick to train, I modified them tonight:

      Stock:


      Cut:


      Sewing (I thought I could do it, but my wife stopped me before I stitched my hand onto them:


      Modified:


      The total setup, nothing on the bike yet sorry.




      I do realise that I've permenantly attached the small tightening straps to the rack, but figured that I'm likely to never use the rack with the bags and if I do I could wrap the straps up so they don't come anyway near the wheel spokes. I know panniers aren't sexy, but I'm still excited about them

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      02-14-2011 01:01 PM #3
      I went on a ride across spokane for the maiden voyage of my fixie so I put a water bottle cage on it. Took it off again today to keep it simple and cleaned up the frame and wheels. If this thread existed a few days ago I would've told you all about my fixie conversion

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      02-14-2011 03:02 PM #4
      I put one of these on it (Garmin Edge 800):


    6. 02-14-2011 06:04 PM #5
      *couple days ago

      Glued tubulars for the first time

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      02-14-2011 07:45 PM #6
      What I did not do today was wash or ride my bike. I did however receive and fit a new 120mm -8' Alpha Q aluminum stem. Some of the posters on the WW forum have recommended the stem for being light, tough and high value as it was $30-$50. It's now available new on ebay for a bike store for $20 shipped..! Advertised weight was around 120 grams, but with my crappy scales it came out to 4.5oz which is 127.5 grams including the bolts - with probably a large margin of error on the scales.


      The old stem:


      What I thought was the old weight:


      The spacer that was needed, and was set to -8'. The new stem will be angled down slightly as this won't be fitted. Good news!


      Diameter difference:


      Actual old weight:


      New weight:


      Done (except for some play in the fork ):

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      02-14-2011 09:59 PM #7
      Stripped the Ridley down to the bare frame to get it ready to be sent back for warranty.

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      03-18-2011 08:56 PM #8
      new bar tape, cables, and tufos.

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      03-20-2011 10:08 AM #9
      Got it to work again. Took it out on 12/31/10 and the roads were just wet enough that they resulted in a spray, but, not wet enough that the spray ran off the bikes. It was basically like a paste of dirt and sand



      Sat like this until some time in February and I got it out this week. When I first tried to free everything up, the rear deraileur would just swing then lock the chain-it had no movement to it at all.

      I then pressure washed it and it looked like I washed off an off road truck in the wash bay it was so grimey. Rides SO much better with all the dirt off and the chain lubed up

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      03-21-2011 09:41 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by 206vw View Post
      new bar tape, cables, and tufos.
      New bar tape...
      New cables...
      Tufos...

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      03-22-2011 09:19 PM #11
      New wheels. Not baller **** like most here, but, awesome for the steel slug





      Not too bad for $224

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      03-22-2011 10:29 PM #12
      Switched the 29er back to SS for the summer. Excited to get back out on it without snow all over the place.

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      03-22-2011 10:50 PM #13
      Got the rear "travel agent" installed on the cross bike along with a set of Bontrager Hard Case 700x35 tires.

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      03-23-2011 08:45 PM #14
      Threw these wheels on and went for a ride.

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      04-07-2011 12:43 AM #15
      Tore it down for tomorrow's rebuild with my new frame.



      That being done I just happened to have enough spares from upgrades, attics and such to rebuild the old frame into this clump of random parts.


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      04-09-2011 10:27 AM #16
      Built up the new Inbred thurs night and took it for a shake down run. Love it. Going to play with stems and stuff on todays ride.


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      04-09-2011 07:09 PM #17
      Swapped out yellow Vittoria Zaffiro's for gray/black Michelin Krylions, (the yellow ones were WAY too bright, and too heavy)
      Changed stems on both road bikes (now the seat/handlebar distance is the same and both fit better)
      Got my Force front derailleur in the mail. It replaces the Rival currently on my LOOK. That is tomorrow's job. Life is good.

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      04-25-2011 10:39 PM #18
      Picked up some Easton Havoc AM's for my hardtail. Came in tonight so I mounted them up. Will take em out tomorrow to break em in. Build quality looks great. We will see how they ride.

    20. 04-26-2011 01:31 AM #19
      ordered some roadie bb5's for the monstercross build. Payed 50 shipped for two bnib setups. Looking for 3x9 sti's now.
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      04-26-2011 12:57 PM #20
      i sold it.....now i need to replace the old trek fuel.

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      04-26-2011 08:24 PM #21
      Last weekend I worked as Tech support for a training camp. Responsible for 17 bikes for 3 days...I was busy.

      This morning I repaired a front derailleur that was the subject of a dump shift under load. DON'T do that people. The cage got twisted and my ride partner was stuck in the big ring for the 2 hours in the hills. East German resistance training!

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      04-28-2011 09:35 AM #22
      Swapped out the 11-25 cassette for a 11-28 to help with hills on the LOOK with the regular double crank (all are SRAM red)

      Added a link to the chain to compensate for the extra teeth. The whole drivetrain only has a few hundred miles on it, so I figured it was safe.

      And, while I had it all apart, swapped the Rival front derailleur for a Force. Went out for a short ride up the hills to make sure everything works well (it does)

      Took the old 10 speed cassette and put it on my old set of road wheels.

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      10-22-2011 09:50 PM #23
      The Allez looks great! Also like that cross bastard lol.

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      10-24-2011 12:28 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by GinsterGTI View Post
      The Allez looks great! Also like that cross bastard lol.
      Thanks. I don't ride the allez too much but it is a fun change of pace especially with the 10 speed DT shifters.

      As for the jamis I really like how it rides and even though I am getting a new cross bike next year I plan on keeping this "creation" around.

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      10-24-2011 08:25 PM #25
      got a part-time job at performance bike. Not much of a "what did I do to my bike" post, but hey I have a discount if anyone gets where Im going with this. My PM's are always open and never full
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