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  • Ahhh, misunderstood. I have threadless 1” spacers too.

    I think the stem on there looks the nuts; I’d just acetone the logo off and say ‘done’!

    I have a similar vintage beater/commuter Galaxy, that delights and bewilders equally. I went through three types of cantilever arm on the fork (Deore, Tektro, Kore) before using a file and bodging the v-brake pads with thinner spacers. I also used a Tektro doodad to prevent judder. It works but, as you say up thread - throwing that many pieces at a single brake that has such variable results if not set up correctly; it’s kind of bonkers. I’d go mini-V next time : )

  • The stem is a pretty smart Ti affair that I still have the box for so it'll stay in tact, but I don't think it looks too bad. Although I reckon something similar to the plain Deda one that used to be on there would be better.

    Anyway, it's never going to be a looker.

  • Brakes and tyres done. Spacer found.

    Cantis are stupid. I should have dug out the other mini-V.

    Mislaid the grips somewhere.

    Looking forward to taking it for a spin at lunch tomorrow.

    Desperately need to tidy the outhouse and build a bench and sort the storage once and for all.

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  • The joy of children means I only managed to get out for a shakedown ride today.

    Brakes needed a bit of fettling. Front took 5min. Rear took 20min. Standard. Although TBF the CR720 are well thought out.

    One of the front bumpers is missing from the weeride, with a Lidl Croc strap as standin. I tried to put some weights in the weeride, but it quickly became apparent that the bumper isn't just to protect the bike. So although I couldn't try it fully laden it was a useful exercise to do without mini-H on board.


    Initial thoughts:

    Great bike. I really like it.

    Makes me a little sad I didn't have it setup with this fork and front brake when it was originally being ridden and that it couldn't come to NYC.

    Realistically it's probably going to need gears. As is, it's spot on. With 12kg in the front after a bit of riding?... maybe less so.

    The high riding position doesn't feel like it will be an issue, although as a child carrier a longer TT would be best as the weeride is chunky.

    Also the Nitto Albatross are fucking great.

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  • Still to do:

    Short term:

    • fit bumper
    • test with weights
    • find those fucking grips

    Medium term:

    • short chain ring bolts to move chain ring inside
    • refit gears (1x9 Deore, probably bar end)
    • lay back seatpost
    • nicer pedals
  • That's an impressively ugly dad bike.

  • Ha!


    In its original guise it looked alright. The fork is hard to love aesthetically, but it utterly transforms the bike. Mainly by having functional brakes.

    A saddle and a colour-consistent top tube would make a difference.

    Unfortunately the saddle needs to be that low with the weeride. Otherwise mounting is a bit tricky.

    But it does make me wonder why it's so much uglier than say this:

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Dawes CX

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