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  • I thought CX was just the racing.. Round in circles. I also thought 45c tyres were generally considered too slow for that?

    Looks to me like a SS set up for riding about on trails. But maybe I'm looking at it all wrong... Getting lost in semantics?

  • I wasn't particularly referring to the Crosscheck just SSCX bikes in general.

    You could race that bike, but bar and tyre width mean it wouldn't be allowed in Elite races.

  • To be honest, when I post that bike, the first thing come to mind is how much fun going off the beaten path on that Surly.

  • Not sure if skinny tubes or huge bike...

  • To be honest, when I post that bike, the first thing come to mind is how much fun going off the beaten path on that Surly.

    My point entirely :D

  • I don't know if this stuff belongs in here but I've been doing some very ghetto fixing on my commuter/beater/only bike that I own.

    Job 1 - affix cheap rack to cheap frame that has no eyelets

    Step one. Shim/frame protection made of inner tube and electrical tape

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    Step two. Attach P clips and bolt on bottom bits of rack

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    Step three. Realise rack is totally the wrong size

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    Step four. Bend until it roughly fits in place then hammer home

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    Success! Now I can use my panniers which are totally not wonky!

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    Got a meal for six in there yesterday.

    And Job 2: replace crappy plastic Carradice zip ties with cool string ones

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    Functional, tick. Cheap, tick.

  • You'll probably get the same problem I had when I p-clipped a rack on my beater - I kept hitting my heel on the bag even when it was pushed right to the back of the rack. My steering also went very strange, completely lost the ability to go no-handed.

  • I don't know if this stuff belongs in here but I've been doing some very ghetto fixing on my commuter/beater/only bike that I own.

    Job 1 - affix cheap rack to cheap frame that has no eyelets...

    Drill a hole in your dropout and either tap it with M5 thread or use a M5 bolt and nylock nut, 1000x more secure, trust me the P-Clip bodge will wobble under load, I've been there. P-Clips are great for stablising a rack i.e. instead of eyelets near the brake bridge (not sure of proper term) but way too flexible for user instead of the weight bearing eyelets at the dropout.


  • Homebuilt FWD recumbent by a guy who runs the Kinetics shop in Glasgow, love the ghetto look

  • Drill a hole in your dropout and either tap it with M5 thread or use a M5 bolt and nylock nut, 1000x more secure, trust me the P-Clip bodge will wobble under load, I've been there. P-Clips are great for stablising a rack i.e. instead of eyelets near the brake bridge (not sure of proper term) but way too flexible for user instead of the weight bearing eyelets at the dropout.

    This, a thousand plus one.

  • Thanks. That was my other option but I wavered, not knowing whether that would compromise the strength of the dropout in some way.

    So drilling it here

    Would be OK?

  • ^ that's what I have worried about in the past, hence not doing it to my Gazelle... have you done it Gabe?

  • I have previously drilled track ends not road dropouts, I would suggest drilling in the middle of largest surface area on the dropout in Dobblekorn's case that would be above the the track nut. Depends on what the intended purpose is, if it's just for commuting with minimal weight (10-15kg) then fine but if you're planning on fully loaded touring then I would suggest buying a new more adequate frame

  • Looks mighty fine, would put 'guards on it myself.

    Done;

    Bit of a tight fit, even thought the 'guard have a max clearance of 37c, it's still a little bit of a struggle with 33.3c tyres.

  • where might i find a wee front rack like that?

  • They're Nitto M18 front rack, brought it 2 years ago, cost quite a bit nowadays;

    tokyofixedgear.com/products/1­79-Racks/4075-Nitto---M18-Front-Rack/

  • where might i find a wee front rack like that?

    uselesstatforhipstermugs.com

    Nice bike though, what tyres are you using?


  • Homebuilt FWD recumbent by a guy who runs the Kinetics shop in Glasgow, love the ghetto look

    Is there a picture of this being ridden, hard to imagine how the rider fits under the top tube. Also how the legs can bend sideways when steering.

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    Nice bike though, what tyres are you using?

    Rivendell Jack Brown 33.3c tyres.

    Was perfect on the 120 miles ride to Bournemouth I can tell you.

  • Oh my god, hipster boutique tyres too. Whats wrong with Pasela's? They are made by panasonic in japan, is that not cool enough?

  • Har har, the Panaracer Pasela are a full 100g heavier and doesn't feel as nice as the Jack Brown frankly.

  • They're Nitto M18 front rack, brought it 2 years ago, cost quite a bit nowadays;

    tokyofixedgear.com/products/1­79-Racks/4075-Nitto---M18-Front-Rack/

    Thanks Ed, i was hoping you knew of a cheaper supplier :-(

    uselesstatforhipstermugs.com

    Nice bike though, what tyres are you using?

    Actually they are ideal for keeping a bar bag in place when your touring, or do hipster tour now?

  • Parking outside cafe's with well accessorised neo-retro tourers is the in thing dontchaknow.

    Dont mind me, im just bitter because my bike is being disagreeable.

  • Thanks Ed, i was hoping you knew of a cheaper supplier :-(

    Not as nice and it mount on the fork-end eyelit, but it's pretty cheap;

    spacycles.co.uk/products.php?­plid=m2b44s79p2187&rs=gb&vid=6219

    If your fork have a trail, then it's likely to make the front end feel a bit stiffer.

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