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Couple of 700c single speeds I've been building

Discussion in 'ROAD & TOURING BIKES' started by Carbon, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. Carbon

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    Every year when the temp starts dropping I feel the need for speed, in years past I would pick me up a nice road bike but I've come to hate a janky ole derailleur, never can get the adjustment just right to use all available speeds without any noise or rubbing, at least on anything more then a 6 speed. This year I've picked up a couple of 700c single speeds, not fixies, single speeds with a freewheel. First one is a NOS 2010 520 Reynolds chromoly Specialized Langster, I picked this one up locally as a frameset. Put a set of triple wall wheels with sealed bearing formula hubs and a Lasco crankset, super nice and fast. Second one, I ordered, a chrome pure fix. I put a Sugino Pista crankset on it and fitted it with a Kinesis Carbon 2 race fork last night with a new set of 23c tires, came with 28c. Both bikes are super nice and dialed in, very quick with the 48/16 gearing.
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  2. LukeTheJoker

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    Road bikes are not normally my thing, but I would rock either of those any day! Really nice!

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  3. Carbon

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    Thanks man, not a roadie myself but I do like a fast bike. You'd never catch me in spandex!!:21:
     
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  4. ifitsfreeitsforme

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    Those are hot.


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  5. rickpaulos

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    yeah? You'd never catch me in spandex cause I'm too fast!
     
  6. mikeeebikey

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    which one rides better?
    Great looking bikes. I actually prefer the old triangles aesthetics, function over fashion.
     
  7. Carbon

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    Thanks fellas, I've always preferred the older bikes as well and do still have a couple of cool old Schwinn Racers, just cant' find the older frames with the straight true track dropouts, hard to say but I think the Langster rides a little better, super smooth and just rolls forever.
     
  8. jerrykr

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    Both are super sweet!
     
  9. Carbon

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    Thanks Jerry!!
     
  10. GuitarlCarl

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    Cool. After working on my Winter Build-off bike, The Difference Engine, Ive been contemplating doing that to my roady. I've got an old Cannondale T400 that spends 99% of the time in one gear. It's light, I ditched the drops long ago, so it's comfy on my old back. I laughed when you mentioned spandex. We have some of "those guys" around here and I love to shadow them. I see em' peekin' at me and shiftin' up like they're gonna lose me... Haha this old hippie ain't havin' any of that! After a mile or so they usually stop and when they see what I'm on we get to talking, it's all fun.

    Carl.
     
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  11. The Renaissance Man

    The Renaissance Man __CERTIFIED DIVER__ (Open Water & Open Dumpster)

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    They both look great! What kind of wheels are those?
     
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