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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:56 pm 
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Already run the setup on an old Peugeot, alongside 53/17 as well!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:11 am 
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Looking for a right brake lever, to fit on nitto bullhorns for my fixie project! Does anyone have any for sale, cheers hamish


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:39 pm 
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If you want finger levers, they should be about £15 new. I've got a Cane Creek crosstop which is very effective and pulls the bike up with very little pressure compared to something like an old Weinmann drop brake lever. Others are something like a Dia Compe Dirty Harry or Gold Finger, or an old BMX finger lever if you want that real old school look.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:01 pm 
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Needed to marry some bits together for street use. Specifically this Russian fork + this Italian caliper:

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Add a bit of WD40 and some pillar drill:

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It's pretty close with a 23c tyre. The brake blocks have to be right at the top of that caliper and only just land on the rim :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:54 am 
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Oh no, you drilled a track fork!
A little more of me just died inside


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:28 pm 
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Trust me, it was quite a tough decision. I figured it's reasonably easy to reverse, but priority is I need brakes to get to work.

If it's any consolation, it was like drilling granite. I don't know what those Ruskies put in their steel but it was hard stuff :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:51 pm 
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I know it's a repost but here's mine in the correct place.

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The original thread is here:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... p;t=265294

The gearing is 49/16. i've yet to weigh the frame but I think heavy is a sufficient weight...

Future plans invlove brakes, carbide lights and riding.....


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:06 pm 
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Hmmm, tight clearances are tight.

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Too tight. The tiny amount of dusty grit the tyres pick up off the road has already scuffed through the paint on the way to work! Switched from 23c tyres to 20's. Sharp enough to cut cucumber and bags* of clearance:

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:42 am 
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Great bike!

Can you add a 1/2 link into the chain and push the wheel further back???


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:59 am 
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Could do, but I'm planning to run an 18T and a 17T on the new wheels I'm building. The 17T will be my day-to-day gear and will move the wheel back a bit (same amount as a half-link), spinning round to the 18T for when it's windy.

I'll see how I get on with the skinny tyres. My route is a bit rough in places, so I'm not sure how long they'll last...


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