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Tychom

Member since Jul 2011 • Last active Oct 2014
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    Bit out the way but this place is available, dunno how large it is, but plenty of space outside, by the canal bottom, near the Velorution. Most importantly on my street.

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    Anywhere in that rough triangle connecting Jaures, Nation and Bastille ought to be fine - edge of the 10th, 11th, bottom of the 19/20 and top of the 12th., down around La Bicyclette would get you all the fixed gear crowd who hang around there and Le Penty, although you may get them anywhere.
    Tricky part may be finding a place large enough to host such a venue without going too far a field.

    ensellemarcel is a fucking awful store, the madame who stalks the front won't let you touch anything, or even enter if you've got a coffee in hand.

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    The price was too good, you should have just said "I'll take it all" :)

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    The Nitto S65 comes in 26.8 and 300mm, plenty of them about. If you're looking for a black one though, I've only seen those in 27.2.

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    Record 10 speed brake calipers and carbon crankset mounted, the rest sill 8 speed. Works fantastically. Few bits still to find and I can change the rest. Best get on finding a longer stem and lowering that stack as I feel like I'm sitting just about upright as it is.

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    Any idea which Fizik saddle this would be? Unfortunately the name has rubbed off. Thinking it's some kind of Antares perhaps, or some previous model to that.

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    Been quite some time coming but I've finally started putting together plans for a do-it-all bike. The final straw really came this summer when I wanted to do a short tour and had nothing really suited. Even before that though it had been something I'd been considering for over a year. The problem with the bikes I have are not that they're bad but there's none that really fit the utility, commuter, wet-weather, tourer mould too well.

    After much back and forth I finally decided to go with something steel and disc equipped, then I spent a few months balking at the high prices of thing like the Equilibrium disc, Straggler, and basically any new frame out there - I tend to just buy second hand usually so this is a weird world - I finally broke and ordered a Kaffenback 2. Largely because the geometry of the XL should fit very well, but also because it's very cheap, and I don't intend to blow a small fortune on this particular bike.

    Alongside the Kaffenback, I've ordered a bunch of cheap Planet-X finishing kit, like a 6eur bar, a 12eur seatpost, a pair of Tektro disc brakes for 24eur - I'm sure they're not the best but it gets the project off the ground. Also a few 105 parts from over at CRC in the sale yesterday, the rest I've got already, saddle, cranks, BB, DA 10 speed bar end shifters, Cane Creek single speed brake levers. That leaves just a pair of hubs or a wheelset I need to buy. The reason I've not gone straight in there is I just need to clear out a few things first, I've not actually the space to build it up immediately. Hopefully soonish though.

    And so ordering the Kaffenback was Monday. Feeling then quite pleased with myself - all those parts came in cheap, and happy that finally I'm buying a sensible bike and that possibly maybe there'll be some kind of bike consolidation in the future - I decided to head over and peruse pignonfixe.com, and ended up in a place I decided to avoid like the plague. Their equivalent of the 'ebay/craigslist finds' thread is never good for my bank balance and I've long sworn to avoid it. It never ends well. Monday though I felt confident being that I was now in the world of sensible bikes. No need for anything else silly. No need for anything at all. I was sure I'd get out of that thread without buying a thing.

    That was a huge mistake. 24 hours later and I now have this:

    Perfectly sized Carrera titanium frame, quite possibly the worlds longest 1" Time carbon fork left in existence, a mix 'n match of parts, largely Record Titanium 8 speed. Whoops! That wasn't planned at all. But I can justify it. Kind of. It was a) cheap b) I don't actually need any of the parts on it. The plan is to flip just about everything on there and put on 10 speed parts I already have, at which point it ought to become very bargainous indeed.

    And so a quick first few changes this morning, the sooner I can move things along the better:

    Carbon seatpost and titanium railed Concor light saddle, position to be dialled in this lunch time. Changed the stem too, the nice carbon one is too short for just about anything I need it for so that has to go. Ironically the one i've changed it for is the same length, but that'll go in time too.

    Plan is to change the brakes this afternoon for a 10 speed pair, possibly the crankset too but I'm worried about chainrub there - should I be? Got to rummage around for new cables, if I've got all I need I could even get this done by the weekend.

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    I'd taken a look at those and a few of the other px/on-one sets but wasn't sure about the range of tyre sizes they take. They say 25mm width, I assume external, but no real idea of what they can take, if they start at 28c that should be fine.

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    Considering putting together a road disc bike and i've no idea about road-ready disc wheelsets, is there any I should be looking at? Something with rims to take 25-32c tyres really - this will be for commute, audax, light-touring. Looking really around the 105 equivalent, I guess no more than £200, ideally half that.

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    Miche lockrings too are Italian threaded

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