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Verbs_&_Nouns

Member since Oct 2008 • Last active May 2018

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    My Samson.

    Put flat bars, a longer quill and a Spurcycle knock off bell on it.

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    My Samson Illusion. Bought in 2009 from Dreamworks in Tokyo. I haven’t ridden it much in two years (maybe once or twice). We had an annual fixed ride last week with a lot people I used to ride with and I figured it was a good as time as any to ride this. The quill to threadless adapter, stem and bars were parts bin, but I might get a longer stem and keep this set up because an 85mm stem and wide bars made handling interesting. I’ve got a Nitto Jag stem and some B123’s with Champs grips when I want to make it look almost full NJS. Also hadn’t ridden fixed brakeless for a while, so that was fun.

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    Finally made some more progress this week, albeit not much. Installed one water bottle cage. The seat tube one might interfere with the front derailleur, so I didn't bother. It's not a real issue anyway. Rear derailleur and chain went on. The chain should be long enough. Also installed the brakes. I haven't been able to connect the shifters and brakes yet as I'm waiting for the stem to come in the post. Hopefully it's delivered today (EDIT: It's waiting for me at home). Ended up getting a secondhand 85mm long Nitto UI-5EX stem. Once I have that, I'll be able to put the bars on and cable it up. The stem looks like this:

    And it also looks like it says "UI SEX", which is kinda funny.

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    Nothing. Just cleaned the frame with warm soapy water and gave it a wipe over with methylated spirits / ethanol to remove any grease or grime.

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    Thinking going with Maxxis DTH or Tioga Powerblock. Both are cheap and easily available in Australia.

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    Yeah, because the knobs on the side of the tyre, it rubs, so I can't get it closer to the tyre. Once I adjust the front it'll look better. Hopefully I'll be running bigger, smoother tyres in the near future as well.

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    Finally got a few spare hours to start putting it together. Surprisingly enough it's going together reasonably smooth. Touch wood.

    Cranks and pedals are now on. Went to put the front derailleur on, but the shim I was using was too thick, luckily I dug around in my parts box and found the original shim that came with it and it now fits fine.

    Headset and fork installed, as well as the stem adapter. Played around with the spacers and put the bracket for the Yepp on as well to see clearance . Can't do much until I get the stem though, hopefully that will only be a few weeks.

    Also fitted the mudguards. They're not as close as I would like, unlike my other bikes, but they'll do. The front one can't sit any lower, but an increase in tyre size and a less knobby tyre will solve that issue in the future. These are only 26x1.9.

    Looking forward to finishing it soon.

    EDIT: Disregard the saddle as well. I've got a Brooks to go on there.

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