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themidge

Member since Aug 2018 • Last active Dec 2021
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    oops! hopefully this works :)

    Spotted in Edinburgh

    And at Aldi in St Andrews

    ^ lady was casually carrying an entire small child on the back of this one, definitely functional

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    Spotted in Edinburgh

    And at Aldi in St Andrews

    ^ lady was casually carrying an entire small child on the back of this one, definitely functional

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    It rolls!

    Had to stick some tubes in as the tyres wouldn't seat, and braking is meh, but apart from that and bar tape it's all set!
    Took it on a wee test ride that just turned into a normal ride and it rips. Handling is quite snappy with the 80mm stem, not a bad thing, and the tyres roll super fast and surprisingly almost completely silent. Found some great tracks I'd not been on before, but there's no gravel in Fife.

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    <<< Glad to hear it! I figured since I already have a road bike I might as well go for the widest I can get on this bike. And to be honest most Fife/Edinburgh roads are so shit I'll probably be glad of the width on tarmac too :D

    Should get this built up on Tuesday, barring any unforeseen incompatibilities..

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    Cheers, fingers crossed it works out. Unless I'm mistaken the crank should technically flex away from the frame at that point in the pedal stroke, and I'm not sure if there's even that much torque in it at 3 o'clock anyway. Judging by the heel rub on the chain/seat stays someone has run the frame with pretty narrow cranks before, and there are no marks that look like crank rub, so that's reassuring.

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    Well hopefully it doesn't clank, have got a couple of spacers to give it an extra mm but I'm not optimistic. I'll be sad if I have to run different cranks, it would be nice to have a power meter on here and entirely ditch the road bike for winter.

    Meanwhile, lots of bits have arrived!
    Surly Bridge Club fork, definitely made the right choice on axle to crown now I've got it on and had a look at the stance of the frame:

    Round things:

    Wiggly things:

    Went with what I think are the biggest tyres I can get in the rear, 650b x 54 (27.5 x 2.1) Schwalbe G-one Bite. They'll probably be quite slow, but hopefully plenty of grip. Brakes are Avid BB5, they were nice and cheap.

    As well as being a gravel bike, this is also supposed to be for bike packing, hence the fork with so many mounts. Carradice (for big and light things like sleeping bag, jumpers, etc), and frame bag will be supplemented by stealing the big front rack off the now fully commuterised Muddy Fox.

    (Yes the saddle angle has been fixed, just put it on after confiscating the nice slr for the GT)

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    Hmmmmmm

    That's a bit tight isn't it?

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    Alright, wheels acquired! (Sellers pic) And yes I did get them because they had red hubs. Hopefully I am able to resist taking the red ano too far with this build but it will be difficult.

    I've also found a 10 speed Sram X5 derailleur which (fingers crossed) should work with my 10 speed road shifter. Apparently it will clear a 42t cassette, so eBay sunrace type cassette seems the way to go, despite the questionable ratios at the high end. They also have red lockrings hehe

    I still need to check crank/chainring clearance, but right now I'm thinking about brakes. It seems like Avid BB5 R are the way to go since they're fairly cheap and not completely shit? I know almost nothing about disc brakes, but I reckon I'll go for 180/160 rotors F/R unless someone stops me. The Avids have red bits too, so I may have to ban myself from any more red parts after that.

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    Wow I should've looked a bit more closely at all the options Surly had smh. I guess the Bridge Club fork is exactly what I'm looking for? Disc only, has 3 pack mounts, big tyre clearance, and 420mm A2C.
    It'll steepen up the handling a bit but that's good since I'm running drops. There's also the handy side-effect of steepening the seat tube angle, which is nice because I run my saddle quite far forward.

    @Slappingpythagoras glad to hear they ride quite well, the price and specs line up very well with what I'm after.

    @hippy classic 2000s paint, I can't hate it honestly

    @el_presidente love the gold stem, I'm quite tempted to throw something shiny into the sea of red/black/white :D

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