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Member since Mar 2014 • Last active Oct 2021
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    Yeah, it seems like a sweet frame to base a build on. Fairly lightweight and seem to ride nicely!

    Regarding saddle options. I do like the look of a well used Selle Italia Flite, however I will most likely use a trusty Fabric Scoop on this build.
    My reasoning is I find them very comfy, the bike will see bad weather and I can accept the look.

    In other news I have been eyeing tumbies to replace the twist shifters, and I know nothing about them.
    Is the Falcon Tumbies a cheap and cheerful option or just a waste of time/money?
    There are some nice listings on eBay for vintage ones, is that a better route?

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    Recently got this bike as a new project, a bit of a spontaneous buy.
    It will see use on the commute, and a trusty do-it-all-er. I would hope to keep it relatively low key in terms of look, let´s see how this goes.

    The condition is functionally very nice, everything runs smoothly and the gears shifts crisply.
    The front wheel was at one point replaced with Shimano LX and the brakes to Avid 20. However the headset need some overlook as it runs a bit rough.

    What I plan to do is:

    • Fitting mudguards, probably SKS Bluemels with big flaps. Gilles Berthoud is also a possibility.

    • New tires. While the current ones rolls pretty good, I´m aiming for lighter 2.00-ish ones with less threads. Maxxis DTH, Schwalbe Billy Bonkers, Conti Contact Speed or Schwalbe Marathon Supremes are all on the list.

    • Sort out the stem/bar/shifter situation. The original bars are very narrow, and straight. They will be replaced with some comfortably wide ones with plenty sweep back. I have a Sim Works Getaround bar that might fit the bill.
      And Im not a big fan of the "twisting" shifters, I might go for friction tumbies/barend.

    • There are some minor rust spots that would need to be overlooked.

    • The pedals are not in very good condition and quite small in size. Will be replaced with some wide and flat MTB-pedals, or something from the MKS-catalogue.

    • Had in mind a convertion to a 1x7 set up, as I don´t really use the upper/lower ends of the gearing. However as it all runs so well, I will leave it as is for now.

    As Im currently recovering from some wrist/hand issues, it will most likely be a slow project.

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    Would think it fits under the Frankenbike-label

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    Yeah these are a good shout, well priced as well.

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    Looking for some well rounded 26" 2.00-ish tires for the commuter.
    Schwalbe Marathon Supreme seems well regarded, although some mention they are not very grippy in colder temperatures.
    Are there any other offerings I should consider?

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    I´m about to fit some mudguards, most likely SKS bluemels.
    Are there any elegant way to fit them to a bike with a vertical mount? Thinking of just drilling a hole in the fender and using some soft-ish washers for the attachment screw. Or will they crack after some use?

    Standard they come with these fittings:

    The other route would be GB or Velo Orange ones, a quite nice route.

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    New Phil day!
    Steerer needs cutting and the current bars probably will be replaced with some high rise ones.