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Smolders

Member since Apr 2014 • Last active Jan 2020
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    Imagine getting a new bike and finding out the old one was just fine... New wheels should do it. On a commuter I might just go DT 350 + DT R460 with DT Champion spokes and brass nipples. What am I saying, might. I did that and it works great. Front wheel has a SP dynamo hub though, which has also lived up to my expectations.

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    Re lights, on my commuter I run a SP8 dynamo hub with the B+M IQ X headlight. It has a clever mounting ring that lets you mount the light sideways and even upside down. I hung it from my front rack that way. The light is great, I think. It's not as bright as a battery powered 700 lumen light I also have but it throws a really wide beam. The whole setup was reasonably affordable (once you get over the fact that running dynamo hub lighting is expensive).

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    Could it be that the springs are worn out? The ratchets are supposed to be kept in contact by two springs, one on either side. Other than that I can only think of is pressing the freehub body towards the shell more. There should be a click when you press the endcap on to keep it in place.

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    Yeah some of the newer 105 brakes have more play than others. Incredibly annoying because it can cause stuttering (in my case it's the front brake that has the problem). I've disassembled and reassembled the brake but to no avail.

    I threw on some old Campy brakes in the end.

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    Great bike! I recently rebuilt my Aquila with a 5800 groupset and it is such a lovely ride. Fits 28mm Conti 4-season tires even.

    GLWS!

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    If you're going to be using friction shifters, get whatever rear mech you can find that works with the cassette you want to use. Then get a narrow wide chainring that fits whatever crankset you want to use. Done.

    For instance: get a new tiagra long cage mech (cheap), find a 9/10/11 speed cassette (check that it fits your hub if 11-speed). If you get the right mech you give yourself an upgrade path too, just by adding the matching shifters later on.

    Getting a 'real' 1x SRAM setup will likely be more expensive, SRAM shifters don't depreciate in value much I have found.

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    Both, I suppose. The weight though... something like this sea to summit mat compresses down to the size of a water bottle and is still a lot more comfortable than many types of dirt: http://www.seatosummit.co.uk/products/slĀ­eeping-mats/ultralight-mat/.

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    Really lovely. The black rims with gumwalls look so clean!

    I'd be tempted to try out all black stem and post... And maybe with some compact bars you could use a longer stem?

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    Very nice. My sis has one of these set up with 1x11 shimano. Really nice bike, great handling even with a loaded Wald basket.

    On my cheap ass Gazelle Cross Trophy I used some square-taper cranks from the parts bin with a narrow/wide chainring, that worked out really well and keeps costs down. That just leaves whatever kind of wheels you can find, a RD and some friction shifters.

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    So after all this monologue interieur I'm quite intrigued what this will turn out to be.

    On a side note, the orange outers are a very uhm... bold choice. But then I can't think of anything subtle to match yellow, besides black. Or maybe blue like the swedish flag...

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