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 Post subject: Vitus Futural
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:25 am 
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Paint stripped and built to battle the wind on my commute to work and back.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:59 am 
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Hi Mike,

Imo the clean optics of the Vitus make it a great start for a fixie or single speed, but I am only wondering how the concept will work with its vertical dropouts in the long run. Will you be kept busy with changing full link for half link and so on.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:32 pm 
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I had to remove a link in January after building it in October 2008 and while it has loosened since then the chain is still going well. By the time it is too loose again i think it will be time for a new half link chain to be ordered.

Unless I get the rear derailleur hanger rethreaded gears are not an option.


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 Post subject: more pics
PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:57 am 
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With green (not a first choice but cheap like the budgie) velocity wheels. First step was removing a strip of paint so I could brake effectively in the wet. The back has now been completely denuded of green but I think I will leave the front as is.

The package was a new blind which I had just purchased...


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 Post subject: More...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:11 am 
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At beach, braking surface in progress,


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:19 am 
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mike_eb wrote:
I had to remove a link in January after building it in October 2008 and while it has loosened since then the chain is still going well. By the time it is too loose again i think it will be time for a new half link chain to be ordered.

Unless I get the rear derailleur hanger rethreaded gears are not an option.


or you can use a frame saver bolt ( about £10 ) .


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:15 pm 
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looks like a fun bike to ride and a great commuter, and if that picture of it looking absolutely disgusting is how you got it, then you definately did a great job bringing her back to her former glory with this one. a lot of races were won on vitus/tvt bonded frames back in the day as i recall. little flexy but lighttt

hope you enjoy it! :D


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:23 am 
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It did indeed look like that fourth photo. Both my lounge room and the bike are much less disgusting now. A friend had grabbed it from the tip shop for $5 New Zealand with 1 decent 700c wolber tub and one rubbish 27 inch wheel.

I am considering going back to drops for a change but I do like the brahma bars, and I can get a slightly lower more stretched position with a 3ttt negative rise quill I have stashed somewhere.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:16 am 
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bwhsh8r Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:15 am Post subject:

looks like a fun bike to ride and a great commuter, and if that picture of it looking absolutely disgusting is how you got it, then you definately did a great job bringing her back to her former glory with this one. a lot of races were won on vitus/tvt bonded frames back in the day as i recall. little flexy but light

hope you enjoy it!


A little flexy :D :D :D

I show people the BB flex sometimes it moves! But it does so evenly through all the tubes and it is nicer to ride for the flex. Regularly checked for de-bonding and cracks. Sods law probably states it will probably choose to do so as I launch from a kerb. But I do wear a brain bucket, perhaps I should invest in a mouth guard.


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mike_eb wrote:
But I do wear a brain bucket, perhaps I should invest in a mouth guard.


Most definitely my man as I tell everyone I meet "speaking from personal experience; wear a helmet. They're waaaay cooler than wheelchairs."


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