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Slappingpythagoras

Member since Jun 2017 • Last active Oct 2021
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Ride slow, die whenever

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    I don't want to be one of those naysayers (this whole thing is bonkers and I love your attitude towards this), but 2-3 mm tent poles in carbon might be awful.

    Off the top of my head tent poles tend to be in the 10+ mm region. Stiffness scales a lot with diameter, so a 2 mm pole is going to be orders of magnitude less stiff than a more standard size

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    No way! That's a massive improvement, nice one

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    Always loved the look (heh) of these frames. Kinda weird, but in a loveable and unique way. Love that build too, bonus points for silly matchy matchy bar tape and saddle

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    Surly forks aren't light, but they're relatively affordable and I think the ride quality flatters a build like this. Not too stiff.

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    Hell yeah this is gonna be cool. Being in the process of making similar updates to my old GT, I have a couple of tips:

    •68 mm BB yes, but you need to make sure that road crank arms will clear the chainstays. On my Palomar a set of GRX cranks has about 1 mm clearance each side and they hit the chainstays if you're pushing hard uphill.
    •you could go for a fork that suspension corrects the frame like the ECR, or go for a shorter fork like a Straggler or Disc Trucker that effectively steepens the headtube and make the bike handle more aggressively. Mine has a Straggler fork and it's always worked great

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    On a slightly more sacrilegious note, here's my partner's headshok Cannondale that we've recently finished turning into a drop bar comfy commuter.

    She wanted to buy a bike during the peak of covid bike drought insanity, and asked me to help out, with the brief that it had to be "unique, comfortable, and have drop bars". Nice and easy then...

    I found this on eBay and got it for dirt cheap - basically everything bar the frameset was fucked. The seller gave me 2 broken wheelsets which I turned into one passable set, and built it up as a parts bin special using the absolutely knackered 105 5700 group that I originally ran on the Look when I was a poor student. Still running the knackered Coda crankset that it came with, may switch that out and/or put a front derailleur on if there's a need for it.

    For some reason 26" rim brake bikes are cool now, so maybe this is on trend? Maybe it's puppy murdering? Who knows. It rides great and she loves it.

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    This is my Look X85, I got it for an absolute steal a few years ago in a clearance sale from Merlin Cycles. It's size XL but is only a size 58 in terms of seat tube, so it's on the smaller side for me. This is it in "gravel" mode with 650B x 40 tyres, this is probably my favourite setup for it. It absolutely floats along trails and climbs like a goat. I have another carbon 700c wheelset with 30 mm tyres for road riding with mates, bit it's not so inspiring as a road bike. That said, I love it and I'll keep it till it falls apart.

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    Might as well post some of my other bikes in the meantime

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    Super cool. I've run a similar setup on an old MTB frame and it makes for lovely riding.

    It sounds like you don't like the mudguard aesthetic so maybe you could spray em black to hide them better? That way they kinda blur into the tyres

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