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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:17 pm 
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Just want to share a project idea I have got and see what are your thoughts about it :wink:

I have presently this machine to ride in Paris. 1x8 speed
A very light Vitus 971 frame built with dura ace rear derailleur, brakes and crankset, light fenders and a suntour xc pro thumbshifter on a small riser for my old age :lol:

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problem : I can't really ride it with a business suit and go to interviews ( I am presently jobless :cry: )
Its actually too sporty and each time I am using it, I can't help it, I am pushing on the pedals and I am sweating :?
so not really fine to arrive at an interview
furthermore, pedals are not really super for use with business shoes

people would say - no trouble, use a "hollandish" bike
but I answer, I have one, and it is too heavy, drum brakes are not secure enough in Paris for me and it is heavy as a brick, and the three speed sturmey archer is not enough for a comfortable use I find

so an idea has germed into my mind, Can i build a less sporty machine than my racer but still very light and where I can attach light fenders.

For the moment, I have the following project ideas

Sunn Revolt MTB frame - light at about 1.7 kil ( of 1998 so for suspended fork)
Rigid titanium skyde fork suspension corrected
Rear wheel with an alfine Hub on a 700 mavic open pro rim
Front wheel Mavic open pro on ultegra hub
Brakes : Onza HO where new arms are to be machined to allow for a higher position of the brake shoe so being able to work with a 700 rim ( in the manner of the pauls but these Pauls are too expensive for me)
XT pedals but with toeclips

will post pics of parts later on

I am just wondering about two things
What bar shall I use ( to allow for a rather laid back position)
would a on one mary bar be Ok ? A moustache bar ? any other ideas ?

and I want to attach elegantly light fenders ( for 23 or 25C tyres)
but I have not found yet a steel or aluminium elegant collar to allow for that :cry:

What do you think about this project
does it seems crazy ?
Do you feel its well grounded with such parts ?
would another frame be better suited ?

Any ideas welcomed :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:34 pm 
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I didn't like my experiment with 700c wheels in a 26" frame. It looked odd.

Why not put some lighter wheels on your hollandish bike?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:45 pm 
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chris667 wrote:
I didn't like my experiment with 700c wheels in a 26" frame. It looked odd.

Why not put some lighter wheels on your hollandish bike?


about the hollandish bike - the frame is a brick too :facepalm: so clearly, I want to start from another clean base

and for the 700 wheels in a 26 frame , well I did experiment that already and I thought it was decent looking :mrgreen:
this is a 1995 sunn 5000 max frame by the way

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:04 pm 
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That looks lovely. I would say job done.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:39 pm 
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+1

Lose the red bottle cage and seat clamp...ready to roll. 8)

All the best,


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:49 pm 
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I would also say pedal more slowly and arrive nice and early to cool down...


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